Toppsta - Childrens Books – Reviews

Author Julia Donaldson Books

Julia Donaldson
Julia Donaldson Biography

Julia Donaldson is a highly talented author of some of the best-loved children’s books in the world.  Born in London in 1948 she grew up with her younger sister Mary who she loved to create imaginary characters with.  

She started her career as a singer-songwriter, writing mainly for children’s television. One of these songs, A Squash and a Squeeze, was made into her first book in 1993 after a publisher approached her. This was the first book that she wrote in collaboration with the illustrator, Axel Scheffler and they have since gone on to produce a large number of very successful books together. Julia has also worked with other illustrators including Lydia Monks and Nick Sharratt.  

Julia has written over 150 books, including the Songbird phonics reading scheme (a part of the Oxford Reading Tree), which is used in schools. She is well known for her younger children’s books and poems (e.g. Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum for ages 5-7; Wriggle and Roar for pre-school and Poems to Perform) but she has also written a few non-rhyming books for older children.  These include the Princess Mirror-Belle books aimed at 6-9 year olds, and Running on the Cracks, a novel for teenagers. 

Julia Donaldson Facts 

- Julia Donaldson was Children’s Laureate from 2011 – 2013. 
- She decided she wanted to be a writer when her father gave her a big book of poems for her fifth birthday. 
- The Gruffalo, one of Julia Donaldson’s bestsellers has been translated into over 43 different languages, including Scottish Gaelic. 
- She was awarded an MBE in 2011. 

Our Favourite Julia Donaldson Book Characters 

Spike and Sue in Songbirds Phonic Readers 
Stick Man in Stick Man 
Mouse in The Gruffalo 
The Witch in Room on the Broom 

Our Favourite Julia Donaldson Book Quotes 

- "Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three." (Stick Man

- “But who is this creature with terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws? He has knobbly knees, and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose. His eyes are orange, his tongue is black, he has purple prickles all over his back. "Oh help! Oh no! It's a Gruffalo!"” (The Gruffalo

- “The witch had a cat and a very tall hat, and long ginger hair which she wore in a plait. How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, as they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind.” (Room on the Broom
Julia Donaldson Children's Books
Book pages Room on the Broom
Room on the Broom
88 Reviews

1st September '02

Book pages The Gruffalo
The Gruffalo
67 Reviews

21st August '99

Book pages The Gruffalo
The Gruffalo
47 Reviews

4th September '09

Book pages Room on the Broom
Room on the Broom
38 Reviews

21st April '16

Book pages Fox's Socks
Fox's Socks
33 Reviews

1st January '15

Book pages Superworm
Superworm
28 Reviews

6th September '12

Book pages Stick Man
Stick Man
27 Reviews

7th September '09

Book pages The Everywhere Bear
The Everywhere Bear
26 Reviews

9th February '17

Book pages Rabbit's Nap
Rabbit's Nap
24 Reviews

1st January '15

Book pages Zog
Zog
18 Reviews

7th July '16

Book pages Monkey Puzzle
Monkey Puzzle
18 Reviews

24th March '00

Book pages Hide-and-Seek Pig
Hide-and-Seek Pig
17 Reviews

1st January '15

Book pages The Highway Rat
The Highway Rat
16 Reviews

6th March '14

Book pages Stick Man
Stick Man
16 Reviews

1st September '08

Book pages Postman Bear
Postman Bear
16 Reviews

1st January '15

Book pages Stick Man
Stick Man
15 Reviews

7th July '16

Book pages Tiddler
Tiddler
14 Reviews

7th July '16

Book pages The Ugly Five
The Ugly Five
14 Reviews

7th September '17

Book pages Spinderella
Spinderella
14 Reviews

6th October '16

Book pages Cave Baby
Cave Baby
12 Reviews

6th May '11

Book pages Monkey Puzzle
Monkey Puzzle
12 Reviews

9th October '09

Book pages Zog
Zog
11 Reviews

1st April '13

Book pages Hippo Has A Hat
Hippo Has A Hat
10 Reviews

6th April '07

Book pages Spinderella
Spinderella
9 Reviews

6th October '16

Book pages Freddie and the Fairy
Freddie and the Fairy
9 Reviews

28th September '10

Book pages The Gruffalo's Child
The Gruffalo's Child
9 Reviews

3rd September '04

Book pages Tabby McTat
Tabby McTat
8 Reviews

7th September '09

Book pages Superworm
Superworm
8 Reviews

7th July '16

Book pages Stick Man
Stick Man
8 Reviews

5th May '11

Top Reviewers