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A Squash and A Squeeze [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Julia Donaldson , Axel Scheffler
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
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4 Jun 2004
''a bit of a classic... A goat on the bed and a cow on the table tapping out a jig? My readers collapsed in heaps, and then had to have it read again. And again.'' Vivian French in the Guardian

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; 3 edition (4 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405004770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405004770
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 21.6 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Donaldson, the 2011-2013 Children's Laureate, is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's most-loved picture books including The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard.

The Gruffalo, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is now a children's classic and publishing phenomenon; celebrating 15 years in 2014, selling over 3 million copies worldwide, was voted Great Britain's favourite bedtime story on BBC Radio 2 and was adapted and broadcast as an animation on BBC 1 on Christmas Day 2009. The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom are now also films, with Room on the Broom shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2014. Julia Donaldson's most recent books with Axel Scheffler include Superworm (2012), Highway Rat (2011), Tabby McTat (2010), Stick Man (2009) and Tiddler (2008).

Julia Donaldson has also published work with David Roberts, Nick Sharratt, Emily Gravett, Rebecca Cobb, and Lydia Monks. Her collaboration with Lydia Monks began in 2003, with the first collection of Princess Mirror-Belle stories. The fabulously glittery Sugarlump and the Unicorn is their sixth, and most recent, picture book collaboration. She also writes poems, plays, songs and fiction for older children and, together with her husband Malcolm, has performed her wonderful stage shows all over the world.

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A perfect combination of words and pictures. (The Good Book Guide) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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''Wise old man, won't you help me, please? My house is a squash and squeeze.'' What can you do if your house is too small? The wise old man knows: bring in a flappy, scratchy, noisy crowd of farmyard animals. When you push them all out again, you'll be amazed at how big your house feels! This brilliantly funny story is the first ever picture book written and illustrated by the award-winning team of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, authors of The Gruffalo.

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Squeeze this one in 23 Oct 2006
This is an excellent book for children from one to five - and beyond. The rhyming story and the colourful artwork appeal to very young children from the start while slightly older children enjoy `reading' along. The story is inventive, with just the right level of repetition and it pulls off the rare feat of being entertaining to the adult reader as well as to their audience.
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95 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A squash and a squeeze 16 Jun 2002
By A Customer
Format:Library Binding
A hilarious rhyming story that had myself and a class full of 30, 6 year olds in stiches!
Two delightful characters - a little old lady (essential grey hair in bun!) and a wise old man (long, curious white beard!)with the help of numerous farmyard animals assist the old lady to realise that the house she thought was tiny wasn't as small as she thought. An important lesson in appreciating what you have.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must for any child's book collection 17 May 2006
Another Donaldson/Scheffler hit! Wonderfully flowing rhyme and beautiful illustrations make it a joy to read especially if you don't mind putting on silly voices for the little old lady and the wise old man.

Your child will be introuduced to various animals who all move into the old lady's tiny house on advice of the wise old man causing chaos and her ultimate realisation that perhaps her house isn't as small as she first thought.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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This is a brilliant book. My 2 year old daughter demands to hear it every night and loves the pictures, and because the rhyme is so funny and is perfect to read aloud, I don't get tired of reading it to her, so everyone's happy.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a squash and a squeeze 26 Jan 2005
my three and a half year old just adores Julia donaldson books she likes looking at this one on her own after I have read it to her It teaches children ryhming or so i believe she is also an excellent author and shiffler is a fantastic illustator I would reccomend this book to anyone its highly entertaining
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Julia Donaldson delivers again 24 Aug 2007
We are a big fan of Julia's books in our house and have many of her others. Our 21m-old son loves the rhyming prose.
I agree this is not quite as good as room on a broom, but still definitely recommended and still 5 stars.
Great price too!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous fun! 16 Mar 2000
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My two year old son is transfixed by the fun drawings and the silly rhyme - it could be set to music. Inventive and educational. Teaches kids about animals and the abstract notion of space and room. We all enjoy reading it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sing along 5 Jun 2005
By A Customer
I'm probably the only person old enough to be able to 'hear' Floella Benjamin singing this song as I read the book. The song was on a tape produced by the BBC many years ago in association with the much-loved children's programme Play School. Anyway, with or without music, this is a wonderful story that will help children learn to appreciate what they've got and not always be wanting more (probably!).
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