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Product Description

Bliss from Julia and Axel: a merry rhyme to fall in love with. Welcome to the wedding of the year! Roll up, little readers – it’s time for another wonderful picture book from the genius creators of The Gruffalo. Just don’t forget your confetti! Scarecrows Harry O’Hay and Betty O’Barley are planning the perfect farmyard wedding, and you’re invited. There’s just one problem: a stinky old baddie wants to ruin the big day. Will horrid Reginald Rake spoil this story? Boo hiss: no way!

  • A comical rhyme by the UK’s top picture book team
  • Family fun which is perfect for sharing and joining in
  • Amusing moral where the villain gets his just deserts
  • Julia and Axel are loved by children worldwide

Product Details

Catalogue number

33 in Spring 2017 Primary and 505 in Summer Primary 2017

Format

Hardback

ISBN

9781407144412

Publisher

Alison Green Books

Date published

July 3rd, 2014

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  • 32 pages
Condition

New

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Author/Illustrator

Julia Donaldson

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Julia Donaldson is author of many of today’s best-loved picture books including The Gruffalo and Stick Man. Best known for her collaborations with Axel Scheffler, each of these vivid rhyming stories is a triumph of imagination. She was also the Children’s Laureate 2011-2013.

More about Julia: “I grew up in a tall Victorian London house with my parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle, younger sister Mary and cat Geoffrey (who was really a prince in disguise. Mary and I would argue about which of us would marry him).

Mary and I were always creating imaginary characters and mimicking real ones, and I used to write shows and choreograph ballets for us.

I studied Drama and French at Bristol University, where I met Malcolm, a guitar-playing medic to whom I’m now married.

Before Malcolm and I had our three sons we used to go busking together and I would write special songs for each country; the best one was in Italian about pasta.

The busking led to a career in singing and songwriting, mainly for children’s television.

One of my television songs, A Squash and a Squeeze, was made into a book in 1993, with illustrations by the wonderful Axel Scheffler. It was great to hold the book in my hand without it vanishing in the air the way the songs did. This prompted me to unearth some plays I’d written for a school reading group, and since then I’ve had 20 plays published.

My real breakthrough was The Gruffalo, again illustrated by Axel. We work separately – he’s in London and I’m in Glasgow – but he sends me letters with lovely funny pictures on the envelopes.

My novel The Giants and the Joneses is going to be made into a film by the same team who made the Harry Potter movies, and I have written three books of stories about the anarchic Princess Mirror-Belle who appears from the mirror and disrupts the life of an otherwise ordinary eight-year-old.

When I’m not writing I am often performing, at book festivals and in theatres. I really enjoy getting the children in the audience to help me act out the stories and sing the songs.”

Axel Scheffler

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Axel Scheffler was born in 1957 in Hamburg, Germany. At school, although always good at art, he never really considered a career in illustration. But long before he began his professional life, he had won his first drawing prize for an international chocolate company – his prize was a cuddly lilac cow.

Axel went on from school to study History of Art at the University of Hamburg – but he didn’t like the course and decided to leave. Knowing that he wanted to live in another country and learn a second language, he moved to England to study illustration at the Bath Academy of Art.

After graduating with a first class degree, Axel moved to London where he began illustrating for a variety of English and German advertising companies, magazines and newspapers. He took his portfolio to a number of publishers and Faber commissioned him to illustrate The Piemakers by Helen Cresswell and The Bottle Rabbit by Bernard McCabe. In 1989, Walker asked Axel to illustrate a text by Jon Blake, You’re a Hero, Daley B.

A writer called Julia Donaldson was also writing songs for Playdays at this time and her song A Squash and a Squeeze was commissioned to be a picture book. Axel Scheffler was recommended as an illustrator for the text and an award-winning team was created.

Their next book, The Gruffalo, was published in March 1999 and has already become a modern classic, selling more than 2 million copies worldwide and translated into over 20 languages. Axel also continues to illustrate for other authors as well, including Ian Whybrow and David Henry Wilson.

Axel has achieved worldwide acclaim for his humorous illustrations, and his books have been translated into over 29 languages. He has enjoyed particular success in his award-winning picture book collaborations with Julia Donaldson, but is also the best-selling illustrator of novelty books such as The Bedtime Bear. In 2006 he was been called upon to design Gordon Brown’s annual Christmas card!

Still living in London, Axel makes frequent visits to continental Europe. His hobbies include walking, cooking and reading and beadwork.

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  1. Hai ying
    on 27 April 2017

    Love eww

    So this is all about the weirdest love scarecrows

    5out of 5
  2. Sophie
    on 19 November 2015

    5 stars

    Good book definitely recommend

  3. Faith Fulcher
    on 7 September 2014

    The Scarecrows Wedding

    Having read some very early reviews of the book, I stood and read it before deciding to purchase the title for my grandchildren and I really cannot understand what the fuss is all about. Yes there are a couple of verses towards the end that talk about smoking and what happens if you are not careful but it is being put across in such a way that for the youngsters it is a lesson learnt. All in All, it is a very good story that has a happy ending.

  4. alisha
    on 10 August 2014

    the crows wedding

    i was trying to put on the scarecrows wedding becaes she is old and about to die

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What kids think

  1. Pearl 113298

    sasspa
    on 27 August 2014

    I read it to my little sister when we went camping she loved it so much that she made me read it again and again until she knew it off by heart it is a very cute and a bit romantic.

    2out of 5