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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; New edition edition (6 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405020482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405020480
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 0.6 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 742 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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The verse sparkles as much as the pictures. (Independent on Sunday) --This text refers to the Board book edition.

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With glitter on every page, this book has real sparkle! Now in brand new board book format. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By ELH Browning VINE VOICE on 1 Mar. 2005
Format: Hardcover
A simple but effective tale of sharing with great rhythm and rhyme. There's a hermit crab, a bristle worm and an anenome that all share a shell which they then outgrow and there's a stormy patch before they share again in a beautiful new shell.
The illustrations are soft yet bright and enriched by feely glittery patches - they're prettier than the Axel Scheffer ones of the Gruffalo etc. Also, my children love to spot the next addition to the trio and the new shell etc. tiny in the pages ahead before the text reaches them.
This book has the usual Julia Donaldson flair, and the added bonus of being attractive to younger children than some of her other titles - its suitable from 18 months I'd say and my son loved to join in as soon as he could talk.
A pleasure to read over and over again.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Furzle on 15 July 2006
Format: Paperback
This is my two year old's favourite book - and he LOVES books. I actually look forward to reading with him every night, he joins in now and finishes off the lines. Julia Donaldson's rhyming narrative is fun, clever and flows beautifuuly, making it a joy to read. Lydia Monks' illlustrations are bright and beautiful with the added the bonus of glitter!!! We go on an exciting adventure with Crab, Blob and Brush every bedtime AND learn that sharing is best at the same time. Roll on 'Sharing a Shell 2: The Blob is Back!'
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sally on 20 May 2007
Format: Board book
Very sparkly, glittering illustrations illuminate an essentially moral story of what can happen if you take things for granted and are not prepared to share. The sea-side theme acts as a back-drop for some interesting and unusual 'characters' and are colourful in many senses. I particularly liked the sea-gulls in headscarves during a storm scene and the strangely rectangular dog tucked away in the background.

Good to read and fun to look at with some subtle plays on words which the adult reader will probably appreciate more than its intended audience!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Chind on 22 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my 3 year old daughter, who loves it. The story is fun, the pictures are very colorful and the glitter on the pages add a lovely touch. Great acquisition would highly recommend for bed time reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katie on 17 May 2009
Format: Paperback
This book was bought for my 2 year old son, we have the CD to go with it narrated by Julian Clary, very comical. However, we tend to read it ourselves more than listen to the CD. My son loves the colourful sparkly pictures, his attention is really captured by them. A good story about sharing and helping each other. Would reccommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ALEXAPATT on 3 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This was bought for my 2 year old grandson, he loves it !!!, and as a gentle lesson in sharing and caring it is a wonderful book, very gently phrased, and the pictures are wonderfully colourful and gripping, it is now one of his favourite 'bedtime stories' will certainly buy books by this author again and again
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Downs on 13 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
Lovely bright and colourful book about friendship and sharing. I enjoy reading it as much as my son enjoys hearing it.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Oct. 2004
Format: Hardcover
A fantastic book, full of wonderful illustratons and Julia Donanldson's fantastic rhymes. The bright colours and use of glitter throughout the book capture your childs attention and the story is wonderful and jolly throughout.
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