I have said it before and I will say it again… we are massive Julia Donaldson fans! One of the very first books I read to Maddie after receiving it as a hand-me-down from a friend, was Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo. I just love the way Julia Donalson has a way with words, the expressions we as the story teller are able to use while reading to our precious children and her words honestly leave their little ears hanging on each and every word of the rhyming text. On top of the amazing stories, the illustrations by Lydia Monks are aways beautiful and compliment the stories so well, she honestly brings Julia Donaldson’s story to life through her imagery!
Imagine my excitement when my monthly parcel from PanMacMillan arrived last month and we were gifted with not one but six of the nine beautiful new books that have been added to the collection of Pan MacMillan’s Julia Donaldson titles featuring GLITTER ON EVERY PAGE!
I am so proud to add these titles to Maddie’s bookshelf and have throughly enjoyed reading these titles aloud and have her revel in the texture of the glittery pages, a tactile and sensory treat for her during her bedtime story. A riot of glitter and sparkles!
Here are the six titles we were given to read this month:
Sugarlump & the Unicorn
The story of Sugarlump tells the tale of a rocking horse who longs to see the world. After a magical unicorn with a silver horn and sparkling blue eyes grants his wish and turns him into a real horse he sets himself on an adventure trotting around the farm, galloping around a racetrack and even dancing at the circus, but it isn’t long before Sugarlump learns to be careful what he wishes for. Luckily the unicorn has one more wish to grant…
My personal favourite of the collection – hugely because I am obsessed with unicorns but the story is a delightful rhyming adventure with brilliant rhyming verses, bright and distinctive illustrations and of course the glitter on every page just works so beautifully in this book. Just an all round this is a perfect story for any little girl!
The Singing Mermaid
After the singing Mermaid is tempted by the promise of fame and fortune, she joins a circus. The crowds love her, but the poor mermaid is kept in a tank by the wicked circus owner Sam Sly, and she soon longs to return to the freedom of her ocean home.
It is a stellar picture book and I just love the lesson the book aims at teaching its little reasons as well as the kindness and love expressed towards the mermaid by the animals who helped her in the story.
The Princess and the Wizard
After the princess is captured by a wicked wizard she may try seven times to escape by changing her colour and changing her shape but each time Princess Eliza changes – into a blue fish, a yellow chick, a red fox or a black cat – the wicked wizard finds her and sets her another horrible task. The story follows the plucky princess as she tries to outwit the wicked wizard and escape back to the palace in time to cut her birthday cake…
A true magical adventure and a great read for identifying colours and animals through the story line.
What the Ladybird Heard
Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are two crafty robbers with a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But little do they know that the tiniest, quietest creature of all has overhead their plot, and she has a plan of her own . . .
This fantastically funny story takes its reader and listener on a witty adventure and I absolutely LOVE the illustrations in this title. It leaves your eyes dotting from one spot to another and it has all our favourite farm animals in it!
What the Ladybird Heard Next
Following up from What the Ladybird Heart, this story tells the tale of the crafty robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len who are out of jail, and heading back to the farm with another cunning plan to cause trouble. They’ve been stealing eggs from the fat red hen, but now they’re setting their sights higher and are planning to steal the fat red hen herself! Fortunately the quiet, clever ladybird is on their trail, and she and her farm animal friends have a plan of their own.
I loved joining the cow, the goose, the horse, the sheep, the cat, and everyone’s favourite ladybird in this fantastically funny farmyard caper. The slapstick action, animal noises and a mysterious Snuggly Snerd bird had us captivated from the get go!
What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday
The bad men, Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh are back! This time they are in the city instead of the farm, but they haven’t changed their thieving ways. In fact, they’re even more ambitious. They’re planning to steal a monkey from the zoo and use it to pinch the Queen’s crown. It’s a pity for them that a certain crime-busting ladybird is holidaying in the very same city . . . and she’s got a good idea that will ensure the dastardly pair won’t get away with it!
This follow up follows a whole new host of noisy zoo-animal characters and the queen even makes a cameo appearance! Definitely a read we will read over and over again!
Stories in the glitter collection from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks include: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday. They are all available at leading book retailers as of May 2018.
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