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The first ever funny rhyme by the world-famous creators of The Gruffalo. The book where it all started! But how will this daft story end…? The old lady’s house is poky and small. Gosh, what a squash! What a squeeze! But with a cow on the table, a goat on the bed and a pig in the larder munching her bread… not to mention a big flapping hen, can she make her house feel big and empty again? A hoot of a story, bursting with comic energy and with a feelgood lesson tucked inside. Squash up and enjoy!

  • The first story by the star team behind The Gruffalo
  • A laugh-aloud rhyming classic full of animal antics
  • Julia and Axel are the UK’s top picture book team
  • Valuable message about appreciating what you have

“My readers collapsed in heaps, and then had to have it read again. And again.” Vivian French, Guardian

Product Details

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9781405004770

Publisher

Macmillan Children's Books

Date published

June 4th, 2004

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 2.8; Lower years; 0.5 points

Other details
  • 32 pages
Condition

New

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. Pearl 113298

    21105
    on 22 March 2014

    How can they fit . Hee

    5out of 5
  2. Love stargirl 113412

    loobyloulou123
    on 9 March 2014

    best book ever

    5out of 5
  3. Avatar owl 761790

    Cheerforevers
    on 9 March 2014

    This is about a lady whos animals trash her house.

  4. Gruffalo 113679

    CBC
    on 27 February 2014

    We liked the pig because he was funny.

    We liked the chicken because it flew out the window.

    We liked the cow because it was too big for the house.

    5out of 5
  5. Evie 113313

    LilaWonderful
    on 9 January 2014

    This book is a squash and a squeeze. well this book a got a lot of UGH GET OUT OF MY HOUSE ad this book is really,really amazing.

  6. Avatar bat 761713

    ninjastickman
    on 6 March 2013

    This is an unforgetable tale of an old woman who has a small cottage. I recommend this book for young readers aged 2-6

    5out of 5
  7. Pearl 113298

    Partyfairy123
    on 1 March 2012

    It is a funny book and she has a small house with lots of things in it.

  8. Avatar lion 761782

    monkey00
    on 3 March 2011

    my little niece loves here books she can’t wait for the next one!!

  9. Bellasara 113282

    Hubert
    on 3 March 2011

    very good

  10. Jane blonde 113694

    Lolo95
    on 3 March 2011

    I think the Julia Donaldson books rock!!! They make me want to write poems. I like shouting out the words to my brother.