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March is Gruffalo month at Waterstone's

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What do you get when you combine writer Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler? Picture book magic! Donaldson writes in the most beautiful bouncing rhythm that's a dream to read aloud, while Axel Scheffler's illustrations are wonderfully expressive, full of bright colours and precise, neat details. Longstanding co-authors, the pair are best known for their undisputed classic The Gruffalo, which is ten 10 years old this year.watersotnes green 10

To celebrate The Gruffalo's tenth birthday, Waterstone's is waterstones guffalo book cover celebrating all things purple prickles this March – with parties, events and an exclusive special anniversary edition of The Gruffalo, complete with the brand new Gruffalo birthday song written and sung by Julia Donaldson herself! It’s only £5.99 or available as part of the 3 for 2 offer in store until the end of March.


We kick off the month with Gruffalo birthday parties in most stores: click here to join the fun near you. And you can find loads more Gruffalo fun online here. Meanwhile, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler will be signing copies of their books at Waterstone's Edinburgh West End and Waterstone's Putney (for details, click here).


Ever wondered what a picture book writer gets up to in her spare time? Here's what Julia Donaldson says:

Tea in bed. Second cup.
Dislodge cats. Get up.
Son to school. Spouse to work.
Sit at desk – mustn't shirk.
Scratch head. Dream up snail.
Maybe team her up with whale?
Chew pen. What next?
Can’t think. Feel vexed.
Feed cats. Open post.
Read it, over slice of toast.
Little boy wants to know
Date of birth of Gruffalo.
Little girl wonders why
Giant gave away his tie.
Out to shops. Get idea
(Big grin, ear to ear):
Brilliant climax – whale gets beached!
(Rhyme a problem . . . reached? Beseeched?
Leeched? Well never mind, just now.)
Snail then rescues whale – but how???
Back home, get stuck.
Go off snail. Consider duck.
Phone rings. Who is it?
School, requesting author visit.
Check diary . . . shocked to see
"Monday, Brookwood Library".
That's today! Leap in car.
Thank goodness, not far.
Tell a story, act and sing.
Kids join in with everything.
(Teacher sits there marking books,
Blind to my accusing looks.)
Answer questions. Back to house.
Joined by son, later spouse.
Open bottle. Cook salmon.
Practise piano. Play Backgammon.
Have bath - that's when
Inspiration strikes again:
Snail could learn to write with slime!
(Quite an easy word to rhyme.)
Crawls on blackboard, leaves a trail . . .
Children run and save the whale.
Story planned! Tomorrow, start
Writing it – the easy part.

Read our Q & A with Julia

Last updated: over 3 years ago