Books by Julia Donaldson

SUPERWORM by Julia Donaldson
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 >
TABBY MCTAT, THE MUSICAL CAT by Julia Donaldson
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 >
THE HIGHWAY RAT by Julia Donaldson
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 >
WHAT THE LADYBUG HEARD by Julia Donaldson
ANIMALS
Released: May 11, 2010

Ten googly-eyed farm animals (cow, hen, goose, duck and others) all say just the right things ("Moo," "cluck," etc.) while the ladybug simply listens. Read full book review >

RUNNING ON THE CRACKS by Julia Donaldson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Leonora (aka Leo), a recently orphaned half-white/half-Chinese teen, has run away from her unhappy aunt and uncle's house in England to search for her estranged Chinese grandparents in Glasgow. Read full book review >

STICK MAN by Julia Donaldson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

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 >

TYRANNOSAURUS DRIP by Julia Donaldson
DINOSAURS
Released: June 1, 2008

With scansion firmly in hand, Donaldson pens a rhymed tale of dino-heroism perfectly complemented by Roberts's comical cartoon scenes of toothy carnivores and trumpet-mouthed vegetarians. Read full book review >

THE FISH WHO CRIED WOLF by Julia Donaldson
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

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

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
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2006

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 >

ONE TED FALLS OUT OF BED by Julia Donaldson
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

This counting rhyme is sure to comfort any child who has had a stuffed friend suffer a nighttime fall. Read full book review >

THE GIANTS AND THE JONESES by Julia Donaldson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

In search of legendary "iggly plops," Jumbeelia climbs down the "bimplestonk" and finds a lawn mower, a sheep and three children whom she pops into her collector's bag and takes back to Groil, her giant's world in the clouds. Read full book review >

THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE by Julia Donaldson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

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
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

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
Released: June 1, 1999

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

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 >