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Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Alison Green Books; 1 edition (3 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439943779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439943772
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 1 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,307 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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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By ELH Browning VINE VOICE on 4 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful tale of a little fish's underwater adventures told in rhythmic text with a rather relaxed lolloping rhyme accompanied by bright bold illustrations. Tiddler is a little fish with a big imagination who arrives late at fish school every day with a whopper of a reason why such as I was flying with a ray, I met a mermaid with a treasure chest at ashipwreck etc. Classmate little Johnny Dory loves Tiddler's tall tales so much he tells them to his granny and hence the stories spread far and wide.
One day as Tiddler dawdles along he gets caught in a net and so begins a real story of his own. Although the fishermen throw him straight back he is lost in the middle of the ocean amongst strange deep sea fish but then he hears one of his own stories and follows its trail home to the last double page for a finale with a bit of a difference.
My children 3,5 and 6 are all delighted with this new addition to our bookshelf and picked up immediately on the repetition of "Tiddler, Tiddler, Tiddler's LATE" and "Oh no (s)he didn't. Oh yes (s)he did," calling them out by the second read through. The littlest particularly loved the many different kinds of fish, and was delighted to spot the Gruffalo-fish lurking two-thirds the way through! Meanwhile, the picture of the author in her diving gear researching the story is a great talking point for the older child.
An absolute winner.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Farrell on 1 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
Julia Donaldson does it time and time again with her stories - firm favorites with my children...
My adage is "you can never have too many books" and I have maintained this with my children who at 6 and 8 are now reading these stories that they have become so familier with over the years... the Gruffallo, room on the broom, etc... Tiddler is now firmly on their favorites list as well - so many are Julia Donaldson I wish I had shares in her... Thank goodness I don't pay loyalties everytime a book is read in this house...!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jim Campbell on 13 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Donaldson and Scheffer are as sure a guarantee of quality as there is in Childrens literature.

The drawings are as ever, bright, vibrant and packed with little details that pre-schoolers love (mine was absolutely thrilled to discover a 'gruffalo fish' amongst the illustrations!). It is the words though, as ever, that enchant.

With a perhaps slightly more complex 'flow' than other D&S books, it took me a couple of goes to really find the right rhythm, but once I'd found it, the sheer joy of reading was almost overwhelming. As the appointed bed-time reader in our house, I can honestly say Tiddler is the new all-time favourite of children and adult alike. An absolute joy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PanneJ on 7 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
I am the grandmother of a 2 year old and when you ask my grandson which is MY favourite book he says Tiddler and Jack and the Flumflum tree.
We started reading it before he could talk and he would look away when I said " oh no he didn't " until I said " oh yes he did "
Now he knows the book by heart and fills in the parts that I leave out.
When we turn the page for "The Net" he hides his face.
I am looking forward to the day he can read it himself and so will enjoy it for many more years to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Simpson on 4 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
We own all of the JD/AF books and this is my favourite. For what it's worth, my son loves it too! We bought it last year and for the first month or so this was the only book he wanted to hear- I've read it so many times I now know the whole book off by heart, and we still love it. My son was 20 months when he first heard it and is 2 1/2 now, and I reckon this will be a firm favourite for years to come.
Along with Room on the Broom, Tabby McCat, Superworm and Snail and the Whale, this is ESSENTIAL bedtime story reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Red Rose Mummy on 28 Aug. 2015
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We seem to be slowly working our way through Julia Donaldson's back catalogue and Tiddler was a recent addition to our collection. This is another collaboration between Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (think The Gruffalo, A Squash and a Squeeze etc) but set underwater which meant that it has a whole new look to it.

Tiddler is a tiny fish with an overactive imagination who shares his stories with his friends. One of them, Johnny Dory, tells the stories to others and, as a result, Tiddler's stories spread throughout the ocean. When Tiddler gets lost can he follow his own story's trail to get back home?

This is a great book to read aloud with your children with Donaldson's typical rythmic text making it easy for them to learn the text themselves and fill in the phrases, if I leave gaps for them. Axel Scheffler always delivers colourful engaging illustrations and this is no exception. We always love trying to spot characters from other books in the background. Can you see the Gruffalo fish.

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is not an award winning combination for nothing, we love our collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lanoir on 21 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
my daughter knows this off by heart. The usual high quality of this premier partnership.
This is one to own rather than borrow from the library as you will not mind reading it again and again. Do invest in the board book as it is very robust.
The usual rhyme, rhythm and highly detailed pictures make it a joy to read out loud.
I would say it is slightly less complex than snail and the whale or gruffalo in terms of vocabulary and understanding but still introduces new words, lots of species of fish and a view of what might go on at the bottom of the sea! Also led to one interesting dicussion about the fish we had had for supper (plaice) which features in the book and presumably had been caught in a net and did not escape (unlike Tiddler.) My daughter has also spotted a picture of what she calls a "Gruffalo Fish" - is this product placement by Axel S?
My favourite bit is the on the last page which explains how an underwater story was turned into the children's book you are reading.
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