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

"Read-it-again fun. (Picture book. 2-6)"
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

"This fast-paced, richly characterized Scottish import, imbued with the important message that friends are the family you choose, will be a boon to libraries looking to add more world literature to their teen collections. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
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

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

"Holding firmly to the courage of his vegetarian convictions, T. Drip is definitely a dino worth hooting over. (Picture book. 6-8)"
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

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

"A sweet addition to any bedtime routine. (Picture book. 2-6)"
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

"This reverse Jack in the Beanstalk feels like—and will be—a children's movie. (Fiction. 8-10)"
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

"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
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
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 >