Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler is another one of our favourites. (We have many favourites by the looks of it!).
Here are three of their books:
The Gruffalo – Now I know that this is the “Obvious one”, but there is no way you can do a review of said author and illustrator, without the Gruffalo. Most families are already very familiar with it. It is the tale of a small mouse that outwits its fiends, by inventing the imaginary Gruffalo, but is it really imaginary…?!?!? Read it and find out! MAY (!) be a little scary for wee ones! Has also been made it a theatre production, so it MUST be good! 😉
From Acorn Wood: Postman Bear: A lift-the-flap book. Julia for the Litte Ones! We actually have this book in German (they managed a marvelous translations!). We love it, as there Red Ted loves the flaps and the baking of cakes. And I love it, as it has a little counting in it too. And at the end there is a PARTY! Red Ted LOVES PARTIES! So I nice little book all round!
Finally, and it was hard to choose, we have Stick Man
Stick Man. I choose Stick Man from ALL those other wonderful books, as it is a little bit different – it is probably also for slightly older children (Red Ted is only JUST getting into it and he is 2…. but I tink in a year or two he will LOVE it). I like it, as – the story is a bit longer, so a better “bedtime read”, it displays all the “innovative uses” for a stick (and not stick man!!!) and it is all done in a nice rhyme (which is very Julia Donaldson). Great!
I asked friends what other Donaldson/ Scheffler books they would include… and the list was long… so in order to let you choose, here are some more (we haven’t read these yet, so cannot give you a review):
– Room on the broom
– The Snail and the Whale
– A Squash and a Squeeze
– Tiddler: The Storytelling Fish
– Monkey Puzzle