Julia Donaldson

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Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler on saving Christmas: ‘We don’t usually meet people who hate our books’
The Gruffalo creators are back with Superworm, their ninth festive special – that’s one more than Eric and Ernie. The Christmas TV royalty talk tinkering with Olivia Colman’s script … and the perils of mega success

Stuart Heritage

16, Dec, 2021 @1:32 PM

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Julia Donaldson reveals tussle over opening couplet of Superworm
Author backed down over publisher’s concerns about potentially embarrassing misinterpretations

Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent

06, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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The Smartest Giant in Town review – a very tall tale
Nutty animals and witty puppetry liven up this at times bleak version of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s picture book

Miriam Gillinson

14, Jun, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Children’s authors on Eric Carle: ‘He created readers as voracious as that caterpillar’
Authors from Julia Donaldson to Cressida Cowell pay tribute to the beloved author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, who has died aged 91

Alison Flood

27, May, 2021 @1:43 PM

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Children’s laureates campaign for £100m a year to fix primary school libraries
Current laureate Cressida Cowell leads demands to ringfence funds to renew ‘deteriorating’ facilities that fail to appeal to students

Sian Cain

12, Apr, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Oscars release first shortlists for 2021 Academy Awards
Boys State, MLK/FBI and Crip Camp among contenders as categories announced include best documentary and best international film

Andrew Pulver

10, Feb, 2021 @1:38 PM

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Broom to Zoom: Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler launch new Covid tales
The author and illustrator of Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo have released more images showing their classic characters contending with the pandemic

Alison Flood

23, Jan, 2021 @7:00 AM

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The times they are a-changing | Brief letters
Brief letters: Severn Bridge and Bob Dylan | Where are the redwings? | Food scarcity | Julia Donaldson | Astrology | No more Vic Marks


24, Dec, 2020 @5:29 PM

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Bookish fun on TV and radio to enjoy this Christmas
There is plenty for everyone to enjoy, including Zog and the Flying Doctors, a Bridget Jones documentary and an Upstart Crow Christmas special

Nicholas Wroe

19, Dec, 2020 @7:00 AM

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How Julia Donaldson conquered the world, one rhyme at a time
The long read: She published her first book in her 40s, and became the biggest selling author of the past decade in any genre – The Gruffalo alone has sold 13m copies. How did this former busker make it so big?

Oliver Franklin-Wallis

17, Dec, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Stay in your cave: the Gruffalo lends a claw to the coronavirus effort
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s characters step up to help children through crisis

Esther Addley

04, Apr, 2020 @7:00 AM

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British Book awards balance art and selling power to decide best writer in 30 years
Novelists rub shoulders with presidents, chefs, comedians and thriller megastars on longlist to define the title with the biggest impact on the book world

Alison Flood

14, Feb, 2020 @6:01 AM

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