Julia Donaldson

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Don’t write what you know, write what you feel: bestselling authors offer tips on World Book Day
Malorie Blackman advises budding authors to pick up on news stories, but Julia Donaldson warns of pitfalls – and Alan Moore says you should read terrible books as well as good ones

Sarah Shaffi

02, Mar, 2023 @3:43 PM

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Julia Donaldson ends James Patterson’s reign as UK libraries’ most borrowed author
Data shows that Patterson’s 14-year run as readers’ overall favourite has given way to the Gruffalo author

Sarah Shaffi

22, Feb, 2023 @1:00 PM

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Top 10 books about freedom | Adam Wagner
Authors as radically different as Julia Donaldson, John Rawls and Ayn Rand can make us appreciate the value of freedom, and the terrible jeopardy of losing it

Adam Wagner

14, Dec, 2022 @5:03 PM

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‘At first she didn’t like my drawings’: Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson on three decades of collaboration
In a rare joint interview, the creators of The Gruffalo talk about baddies, Brexit – and the bumpy beginning to their partnership

Hadley Freeman

03, Sep, 2022 @8:00 AM

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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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