Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks Trio

A fabulously funny picture book trio in which the current Children’s Laureate joins forces with award-winning illustrator Lydia Monks. In a collaboration that has won over young readers everywhere, Julia Donaldson’s jolly rhymes are perfectly matched by Lydia Monks’ flamboyant and zany artwork. A pretty princess has to change shape to escape a wicked wizard in time for her birthday party, while a rabbit with a love of rhyme is on a hunt for someone who shares his love of verse. And in farmyard thriller What the Ladybird Heard, a tiny ladybird learns that even the smallest animal has the power to save the day! Each of these colourful and quirky tales is sure to become a lasting storytime favourite.

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    Julia Donaldson

    Julia Donaldson is one of the UK’s best loved authors, known for brilliant picture books like The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man. She was also the Children’s Laureate 2011-2013.


    Julia has won many major book prizes, including the Smarties and Blue Peter Awards for The Gruffalo, the Blue Peter and Sheffield Children’s Book Prizes for Room on the Broom, the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year for The Gruffalo’s Child and the Red House Award for Super Worm. Julia was also the Children’s Laureate 2011-2013.

  • Awards

    Lydia Monks won the Nestle Smarties prize in 1999 for I Wish I Were a Dog, and the 2010 Royal Mail Award for What the Ladybird Heard, with Julia Donaldson.

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