The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes

Storytime magic by a classic team we love! When Josephine leaves the shoe shop after buying some new running shoes, she hears a weird sound behind her. Click-click. Click-click. Yikes! A bear with a backpack is following her! How will she run away fast enough? The bear is getting closer all the time, and there are all sorts of things in her way. She has to crunch up a mountain, slide over snow and squelch through a soggy bog. It’s lucky that her new shoes have a magical secret! But WHY is the bear chasing her? What does it want?

  • By the bestselling creators of What the Ladybird Heard
  • Witty and magical fun with a lovely surprise at the end
  • Beautifully bright illustrations and glitter on every page
  • Julia Donaldson is the celebrated author of The Gruffalo

“A charming adventure full of magic and friendship.” Love Reading

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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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