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Tiddler [Paperback]

Julia Donaldson , Axel Scheffler
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
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1 Sep 2008
The smallest fish can tell the tallest tales ... "Sorry I'm late, Miss. I set off really early but on the way to school I was captured by a squid. I wriggled and I struggled till a turtle came and rescued me." "Oh, no, he didn't." "OH, YES, HE DID." Tiddler is a little fish with a BIG imagination! What ever will he come up with next?

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Alison Green Books; 1 edition (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140710621X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407106212
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 0.4 x 28.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265 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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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Childrens classic once again 1 Aug 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Again! 13 Jan 2008
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another great tale 7 Jun 2013
By PanneJ
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best 6 Jun 2009
A simply wonderful story of a little fish who makes up excuses if he thinks he might otherwise be getting into trouble - just as young (grand)children do! Not a condemnatory morality tale for children who tell fibs; instead Tiddler is seen as being a little naughty but popular and a hero really. When trouble really comes, inevitably, both who he is (with all his faults) and his reputation help to save him because many other sea creatures seem to have heard about him.

Beautiful illustrations, repetitive phrases that children love to repeat loudly and it is immensely life-affirming!

My grandchildren (4 & 6) love it and know it more or less off by heart and want it every time they come to stay.

Celebrates the joys of being a (slightly) naughty and much loved youngster.

Simply the Best you could ask for - up there with "The Very Worried Sparrow".
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhythmical Fishy Tale 6 Sep 2007
This is the terrific story of Tiddler who `blows small bubbles but tells tale tails'. Each day he is late for school excusing it with increasingly wild stories that none of his friends believe but Little Johnny Dory loves Tiddler's stories and tells them to his Granny who tells them to others in the ocean, who in turn tell them to yet others until Tiddler's tall stories bring him home again when he is lost and afraid.

With Axel Scheffler's wonderfully vivid drawings, including the Gruffalo fish chasing Tiddler round a rock, and Donaldson's rhythmical poetry this is a great story for Pre-School and Key Stage 1 children. We've only had it 3 days and it is now read several times before and after school with much audience participation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 25 Sep 2011
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I love this book and CD. The story is entertaining but also educational, as various types of fish are mentioned. The words are easy for my 3-year-old grandson to understand and he was soon correcting me if I misread anything. Tiddler is a little bit naughty and tells tall stories. Most of the fish don't believe him but his stories save him when he gets into a sticky situation one day. The story is the same on the CD but has lots of music and pauses so I think a small child would need help following the the story in the book while listening to the CD. All-in-all excellent value for money.
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