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A magical, lyrical picture book from the talented team of Julia Donaldson and artist Lydia Monks. Did you ever go to Silversands on a sunny summer day? Then perhaps you saw the mermaid who sang in the deep blue bay. But then the Singing Mermaid is tricked into joining the circus by wicked ringmaster Sam Sly. The audiences love her – but the poor mermaid longs to return to the freedom of the sea. Will she ever escape? If you loved What the Ladybird Heard, try this!

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Format

Paperback

ISBN

9781447235781

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  • 32 pages
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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.”

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    Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 4 March 2013

    At the beginning the mermaid was singing in the sea, she sounded lovely but the nasty man wanted to make money from her singing and took her to the circus. She was so unhappy with the nasty man she learnt to walk upside and down and escaped with the help of her new friends back to the sea and all her friends.

    I loved this story my mum and dad have read it to be lots already and I can read it myself too. I really enjoyed the adventure.

    I think anybody who likes adventure would enjoy this story.

    Madison, aged 6