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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: 21.6 x 0.1 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273 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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''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 --This text refers to the Board book edition.

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By MacCruiskeen on 23 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on 16 Jun. 2002
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 By mum's the word on 17 May 2006
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on 14 Sept. 1999
Format: Paperback
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 By Fifespice on 26 Jan. 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Puzzle crazy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
I am currently completely in love with Donaldson/Scheffler books, and am working my way through the whole collection. I bought A Squash and a Squeeze about a year ago, when it was on BOGOF promotion at Waterstones. I bought this one and the Gruffalo, also by the same author.

The illustration on the cover makes it instantly recogniseable as a Donaldson/Scheffler book. I think it has something to do with the eyes of the characters! On the cover we see a bemused old lady with her animals, a cow, a goat, a pig and a hen. On the rear of the cover, we see a "Wise Old Man", whose kindly advice helps the old lady with her problem that there is not enough room in her house!

As with other books by this author, the story is in rhyme and has a bouncy rhythm to it. You can almost sing the words rather than read them. What I love about these books is the small details in the pictures that you don't notice the first time round. Also, I love the repetition in the text, in this case: "Wise old man, won't you help me please? My house is a squash and a squeeze." Because this phrase is repeated so often, I would defy anyone to read this book without their children having the urge to join in!

This is a fab book to read with kids, and will appeal to kids between the ages of 2 and 6. The beautiful pictures give you lots to talk about and the sing-song text gives lots of opportunity for audience participation. It is not a long or wordy book, and most of the pages are taken up with the large illustrations, so this is a really good book for helping young children with their reading skills.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
A Squash and a Squeeze is a great book, with a deeper meaning than most small-childrens' books. It's a good enough, simple story with rhyming verses and nice illustrations, that lilts along at just the right pace for my 16-month-old daughter to choose it again and again from her shelf of bedtime books.

But it also has a deeper, more philosophical message for her to pick up later. And that message is essentially 'be thankful for what you've got, because your life could be a lot worse'. This, of course, is not an easy message for small children to grasp, but one which I think most parents would be happy for them to understand at some later point in their childhood.

All in all, it's a cheerful, colourful and educational book with messages on different levels for children from toddler age to young school age, I'd suggest.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Scully Bloke VINE VOICE on 25 April 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a very good book. I bought it as my 3 year old on liked some of the other books that the author had written, namely the gruffalo, the gruffalo's chid and room on a broom which are all excellent books.

However I did not find it quite so good as the 3 I have mentioned, mainly because its simply a bit less exciting...

As you can see from the other reviews it can tell your children lessons in life about valuing what you have, rather than hankering after other things, but 3 year old children like a laugh and a good story. This gives them both, but not quite up there with the others by the same author.

However still a very good childrens book.
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