Books by Axel Scheffler

ZOG AND THE FLYING DOCTORS by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A solid storytime and lap-read that will amuse with each repeated read. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Dynamic duo Donaldson and Scheffler (Superworm, 2014, etc.) are back with a tale full of high drama, medical emergencies, and dragon crash landings in this sequel to A Gold Star for Zog (2012). Read full book review >
THE NEW FRIEND by Axel Scheffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"A well-intentioned but not entirely successful beach outing. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Sea, sun, ice cream, and friendship. Read full book review >
CUDDLY COW by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"The art and writing can stand on their own while the gimmick will likely distract anyone reading aloud even as it delights little ears and fingers. (Board book. 1-3)"
A cow named Cuddly searches for a quiet place to hit the hay in this book with barnyard sounds supplied in an embedded sound chip. Read full book review >
FLIP FLAP FARM by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Bold colors, phonetically zippy rhymes, sturdy book construction and countless creature combinations are a winning formula for beginning readers and storytimers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
"What crazy creatures will you meet today?" Read full book review >
SUPERWORM by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Silly and slimy—superfun! (Picture book. 5-8)"
Toads and insects give a shout, and Superworm will help you out! Read full book review >
THE SNOWY DAY by Axel Scheffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Just the ticket for children who are developing social skills and learning what it is to be a friend. (Picture book. 2-5)"
What could go wrong with a day in the snow? Read full book review >
AXEL SCHEFFLER'S FLIP FLAP FARM by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2013

"Scheffler's bright, colorful illustrations combine with wordplay for a winner. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A silly introduction to sounds and rhyme. Read full book review >
THE BIG BALLOON by Axel Scheffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"A mild, recognizable adventure for toddlers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bright, brief, undeniably cute but still rather bland, Pip and Posy's (The Scary Monster, 2012, etc.) third adventure involves a mishap with a red balloon. Read full book review >
TABBY MCTAT, THE MUSICAL CAT by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"'MEEE-EW and the old guitar, / How PURRRR-fectly happy we are.' Sounds like a hit. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A musical cat—what's better than that? Read full book review >
FARM by Axel Scheffler
by Axel Scheffler, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, developed by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2012

"If Old MacDonald had an iPad, this might be his favorite book. (iPad storybook app. 6 mos.-3)"
A winning interactive farm adventure that's sure to appeal to babies and toddlers. Read full book review >
THE SCARY MONSTER by Axel Scheffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Not the best exploration of a friendly twosome—stick with Mr. Putter and Tabby or George and Martha. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Pip and Posy are back in an oddly flat tale. Read full book review >
THE HIGHWAY RAT by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A treat. (Picture book. 3-7)"
With a tale that shares more ground with tales of Robin Hood and the Three Billy Goats Gruff than its inspiration, Alfred Noyes' "The Highwayman," Donaldson and Scheffler deliver a lot of laughs. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE PUDDLE by Axel Scheffler
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 27, 2011

"A cozy 'playdate.' (Picture book. 3-5)"
Behavior modeling for the almost potty-trained, with some decidedly odd developments between its padded covers. Read full book review >
STICK MAN by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Scheffler's engaging illustrations, Donaldson's irresistible rhyming text and repeated refrains make this a winning read-aloud that will stick around long after the holiday season. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Proving once again that almost any item can be a character in a children's book, Stick Man stands out as a sturdy fellow who has a distinct personality that is anything but wooden. Read full book review >
THE FISH WHO CRIED WOLF by Julia Donaldson
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Clever. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A surprise ending and an undersea setting update this classic. Read full book review >
WHERE’S MY MOM? by Julia Donaldson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"Children will enjoy the humorous details in the drawings, while adults will enjoy a different take on the lost-child theme. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a picture book sure to be a pleaser at storytime, Donaldson takes the oft-written theme of a lost child and tweaks it by lightly basing the rhythmic speech on that of the tune, "Hush Little Baby." Read full book review >
CHARLIE COOK’S FAVORITE BOOK by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"A clever way of looking at the universality of reading. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This author/illustrator team's latest is a circular tale about reading, about stories and about how, in life, they often intersect. Read full book review >
THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE by Julia Donaldson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Young readers will clamor to ride along. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Like an ocean-going "Lion and the Mouse," a humpback whale and a snail "with an itchy foot" help each other out in this cheery travelogue. Read full book review >
THE SPIFFIEST GIANT IN TOWN by Julia Donaldson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

Never was a striptease worked to more beneficent ends as when George the humble and sartorially challenged giant starts taking it off, piece by piece. Read full book review >
ROOM ON THE BROOM by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Effective use of brilliant colors set against well-conceived backgrounds detail the story without need for text—but with it, the story—and the broom—take off. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Each time the witch loses something in the windy weather, she and her cat are introduced to a new friend who loves flying on her broom. Read full book review >
THE GRUFFALO by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1999

"Scheffler's funny scenes prevent the suspense from culminating; all his creatures, predator and prey, are downright lovable. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The action of this rhymed and humorous tale centers upon a mouse who "took a stroll/through the deep dark wood./A fox saw the mouse/and the mouse looked good." Read full book review >
A SQUASH AND A SQUEEZE by Julia Donaldson
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 1993

"Where funds permit, a worthy addition. (Picture book. 3-8)"
You may not think you need yet another version of the tale about someone realizing that her house is actually big enough to accommodate a whole slew of animals, after crowding them in—one by one—on the advice of a wise man (he looks as much like a vicar as a rabbi here). Read full book review >