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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Alison Green Books; 1 edition (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407132040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407132044
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 1.1 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,581 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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Praise for A GOLD STAR FOR ZOGA NEW YORK TIMES Notable Children's Book of 2012"Donaldson, the current children's laureate in Britain, is a master of witty comic rhyme and original stories with heart. Here she and Scheffler outdo themselves with the smart, funny -- dare I say, deep? -- story of a dragon in training, a princess who wants to be a doctor and a knight who could use a bit of rescuing. The book gets a gold star too." -- NEW YORK TIMES"A delightful new twist on happily-ever-after." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNALPraise for TABBY MCTAT, THE MUSICAL CAT"A surprising and fun read.... [Scheffler's] bright-eyed, warmhearted characterizations make this a wonderful testimony to the ties that bind." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY"The team behind ROOM ON THE BROOM pair up again in what has become a near-annual ritual of picture book perfection.... Impeccable rhythm and rhyme distinguish this particular tale, filled, as always, with Donaldson's exemplary humor and heart." -- NEW YORK TIMES"A fun frolic about musical duos who aren't quite the same without each other. Like their trademark tune, it all ends 'PURRRR-fectly'." -- BOOKLISTPraise for STICK MAN* "Donaldson and Scheffler's poignant, suspenseful profile of an inanimate object recalls Laurie Keller or THE VELVETINE RABBIT. Donaldson's rhymes never skip a beat, and Scheffler personalizes the many animals, people and settings in his witty watercolors. This yarn could become a December perennial." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review* "Scheffler's engaging illustrations, Donaldson's irresistible rhyming text and repeated refrains make this a winning read-aloud that will stick around long after the holiday season." --KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review --This text refers to the Board book edition.

About the Author

Julia Donaldson is currently being honored as the UK Children's Laureate, and has written many bestselling and beloved picture books and novels for young readers. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with her husband, Malcolm. Axel Scheffler's award-winning books include ROOM ON THE BROOM, THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE, and THE GRUFFALO. His illustrations have been published in more than thirty countries. He lives in London, England. --This text refers to the Board book edition.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By dayowl on 10 Sep 2012
Format: Hardcover
They did it again. The superworm is my son`s super hero by now and along the main story line, he finds many little side stories within the lovely illustrations, including the hidden Gruffalo! The language is simple enough for a 3-year old and the story is complex enough to keep his attention too. Thank you Julia and Axel for another great book.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Alleycat on 11 Sep 2012
Format: Hardcover
As with all Donaldson/Scheffler books this one is packed with delightful detail for the parent whilst the rhyming text is easy to follow for the child - Watch him wiggle, see him squirm, there's no-one quite like Superworm!

As always a bit of adventure then a bit of peril and then a nice resolution to send them off to bed happy.

Not quite as good as the classic Gruffalo or Room on the Broom, but up there with Stick Man and Zog for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Loubilou on 17 Oct 2012
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My 4 year old son just loves Julia Donaldson's books and this is just as good. I wasn't sure myself about a worm (ewwwwww)story but my son absolutely loves it. If you are fan of Tiddler and Snail & the Whale in particular - you will enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Mitchell VINE VOICE on 7 Nov 2012
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I had high expectations, as I always do from this pairing, and I wasn't disappointed. I wasn't sold on the idea of a story of a worm - they aren't especially cuddly! But one page in I, and more importantly, my daughter, were sold. Superworm is indeed a Super Worm and when his life is in peril, he soon finds out who his friends are.

A lovely story, fabulous illustrations (spot the familiar faces!). A joy to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. William Oxley VINE VOICE on 18 Oct 2012
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The Superworm is another hero to come out from the Gruffalo stable of story telling and animation.

Young children will love the vulnerable hero, that they can find wriggling in their gardens. Adults will like the fact that the story is just the right length and entertaining.

As usual the colours and pictures are bright and wonderful.

Full marks.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Benson on 11 Sep 2012
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You can't really go wrong with Julia Donaldson and this is another entertaining book that would appeal to those approx age 2-5. If you have Stick Man, you'll see some similarities in the style of the story with Superworm being super useful for all sorts of things. Very nice.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sam M VINE VOICE on 15 Oct 2012
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Another good story from the great pairing of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The story is written in the traditional Donaldson verse and has the excellent illustrations to capture any child's interest. I thought Minibeasts were rather an unusual choice for a children's story book, but they work well in this book and the illustrations make the creatures quite cute! Not as good as some of Donaldson's other books, but still fun to read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Oct 2012
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My children both love this but my 4.5 year old son especially, is intrigued by Superworm!

Fabulous story line coupled with brilliant illustrations, this book is one of the best yet from the amazing collaboration of Donaldson-Scheffler. How do they do it?

Borrowed from the library first to see if it was any good but we did not need to worry and placed an order with Amazon after just 3 days of booking it out of the library. Buy it and be prepared to read over and over again.
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