The funny and joyful picture book from the number one
bestselling author and illustrator of The Gruffalo, Stick Man
'Morning had dawned on the African plain.
The lion lay grooming his glorious mane.
The kudu looked cool and the rhino looked fine.
The bright pink flamingos looked simply divine.
The zebra looked graceful; the leopard look great.
Oh what a picture of beauty - but wait!'
Who's that singing on the savannah?
The wildebeest, warthog, vulture, hyena and marabou stork swagger
proudly across the savannah, rejoicing in their ugliness - and
delighting their babies, who think they're perfect just the way
Inspired by the real-life Ugly Five safari animals, this gorgeous
picture book is a celebration of animals who are often rather
Hardcover format comes with a protective dust jacket to make
this a special gift for a lifetime
A funny and comical picture book from the UK's number one picture
book author and illustrator
Perfect read-aloud rhyming text and stunning pictures on every
page with lots of details to spot
Full of fabulous animals!
Celebrates being yourself, family and friendship
From the creators of The Gruffalo, Stick Man and Zog,
which have all been made into animated films
The Smeds and the Smoos is on BBC One at Christmas
with voice artists including Bill Bailey (comedian and
Strictly winner), Adjoa Andoh (Bridgerton), Sally Hawkins (Paddington
movies) and Rob Brydon (Gavin and Stacey).
Look out for The Baddies the wickedly funny new
picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Praise for The Ugly Five:
'Donaldson's exuberant verse and Scheffler's strong, inimitable style
are splendidly suited to these underrated, cheerful grotesques,
and evoke the love between parents and children of every species'
'Another fabulous story for two- to eighty-year olds . What bliss
from the creators of The Gruffalo' The Oldie
'Funny, catchy and gleeful . it's irresistible rhymes trip off the
tongue . Axel's pictures are witty and full of character' BBC Wildlife
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Julia Donaldson Biography
Julia Donaldson is the 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
Axel Scheffler Biography
Axel Scheffler is an acclaimed illustrator, animator and more recently author of children's books. He was born in Hamburg in 1957 and moved to England in 1982 in order to study illustration at the Bath Academy of Art. He then worked for a variety of advertising companies, magazines and newspapers in both England and Germany