The Paper Dolls

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4.3 based on 277 ratings & 50 reviews on Goodreads.com

A string of paper dolls go on a fantastical adventure through the house and out into the garden. They soon escape the clutches of the toy dinosaur and the snapping jaws of the oven-glove crocodile, but then a very real pair of scissors threatens.

The Paper Dolls is a stunning, rhythmical story of childhood, memory and the power of imagination from the author of The Gruffalo, and illustrating talent Rebecca Cobb.

A picturebook that seems simple but gets richer every time you look at it... Cobb's illustrations capture the joy of childhood; between them, she and the Children's Laureate have made a book that works like magic.
The Sunday Times
The Paper Dolls and The Crocodile Who DIdn't Like Water [and My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish] were all picked as top summer reads in the Metro this week. The selectors included George Hanratty from Tales on Moon Lane bookshop and Katherine Woodfine from Booktrust.
metro.co.uk
Rebecca Cobb's beautifully drawn and colourful illustrations are absolutely charming... I don't want to spoil the ending, but I can say that the inherent message of the story, that nothing is truly destroyed once it becomes a memory, left us both feeling surprisingly contented!
muffandteacake.co.uk

About Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's best-loved children's books, and was the 2011-2013 Children's Laureate. Her picture books include Sharing a Shell, the bestselling smash-hit What the Ladybird Heard and the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold over 13.5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over sixty languages.

Julia also writes fiction, including the Princess Mirror-Belle series illustrated by Lydia Monks, as well as poems, plays and songs – and her brilliant live shows are always in demand. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between West Sussex and Edinburgh.

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About Rebecca Cobb

Rebecca Cobb is a rising star in children's picture books. Since graduating from Falmouth College of Arts in 2004, she has illustrated for many clients including Guardian Guide, Guardian Weekend magazine, The Independent and Waitrose Food Illustrated. Rebecca has collaborated on two picture storybooks with the Orange-Prize winner Helen Dunmore, both set in her native Cornwall. In 2011 Macmillan published Rebecca's debut solo project, the hugely accomplished MISSING MUMMY which approached the subject of child bereavement with great honesty, senstivity and integrity. LUNCHTIME is Rebecca's second solo picture book, and although wholly different in subject matter from her first, features the same stunning illustration style, child-friendly voice and warmth.

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Books by Julia Donaldson

The Everywhere Bear
The Everywhere Bear
The Magic Paintbrush
The Magic Paintbrush
The Smartest Giant 15th Anniversary Edition
The Smartest Giant 15th Anniversary Edition
Princess Mirror-Belle (Bind Up 1)
Princess Mirror-Belle (Bind Up 1)
The Gruffalo Sticker Book
The Gruffalo Sticker Book
The Gruffalo's Child Sticker Book
The Gruffalo's Child Sticker Book
Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle
Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle
What the Ladybird Heard and Other Stories Bedtime Bookcase
What the Ladybird Heard and Other Stories Bedtime Bookcase
A Treasury of Songs
A Treasury of Songs
My First Gruffalo: The Gruffalo Puppet Book
My First Gruffalo: The Gruffalo Puppet Book
The Singing Mermaid and The Rhyming Rabbit board book gift slipcase
The Singing Mermaid and The Rhyming Rabbit board book gift slipcase
Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes
Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes
The Gruffalo and Friends Annual 2017
The Gruffalo and Friends Annual 2017
My First Gruffalo: Gruffalo Growl
My First Gruffalo: Gruffalo Growl
The What the Ladybird Heard Play
The What the Ladybird Heard Play
Sugarlump and the Unicorn Sticker Book
Sugarlump and the Unicorn Sticker Book
The Princess and the Wizard Sticker Book
The Princess and the Wizard Sticker Book
Who's on the Farm? A What the Ladybird Heard Book
Who's on the Farm? A What the Ladybird Heard Book
The Detective Dog
The Detective Dog
There's an Owl in My Towel
There's an Owl in My Towel
The Princess and the Wizard
The Princess and the Wizard
Charlie Cook's Favourite Book
Charlie Cook's Favourite Book
A Squash and a Squeeze
A Squash and a Squeeze
Room on the Broom
Room on the Broom
The Smartest Giant in Town
The Smartest Giant in Town
The Snail and the Whale
The Snail and the Whale
Monkey Puzzle
Monkey Puzzle
My First 123 Sticker Book
My First 123 Sticker Book
My First Animal Fun Sticker Book
My First Animal Fun Sticker Book
Tales from Acorn Wood: Counting
Tales from Acorn Wood: Counting
Tales from Acorn Wood: Colours
Tales from Acorn Wood: Colours
What the Ladybird Heard Next
What the Ladybird Heard Next
It's a Little Baby
It's a Little Baby
Monkey Puzzle Sticker Book
Monkey Puzzle Sticker Book
Tales from Acorn Wood Sticker Book
Tales from Acorn Wood Sticker Book
Room on the Broom 15th Anniversary Edition
Room on the Broom 15th Anniversary Edition
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Sea Monster's Cave
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Sea Monster's Cave
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Flying Horse
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Flying Horse
The Gruffalo's Child
The Gruffalo's Child
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Magic Shoes
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Magic Shoes
Princess Mirror-Belle and Prince Precious Paws
Princess Mirror-Belle and Prince Precious Paws
Gruffalo Explorers: The Gruffalo Winter Nature Trail
Gruffalo Explorers: The Gruffalo Winter Nature Trail
Room on the Broom Jigsaw Book
Room on the Broom Jigsaw Book
The Gruffalo's Child BIG Activity Book
The Gruffalo's Child BIG Activity Book
Rosie's Hat
Rosie's Hat
Gruffalo Explorers: The Gruffalo Autumn Nature Trail
Gruffalo Explorers: The Gruffalo Autumn Nature Trail
My First Gruffalo: Spot and Say
My First Gruffalo: Spot and Say
My First Gruffalo: Who Lives Here? Lift-the-Flap Book
My First Gruffalo: Who Lives Here? Lift-the-Flap Book
Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum
Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum
The Gruffalo Annual 2016
The Gruffalo Annual 2016
Gruffalo Explorers: The Gruffalo Summer Nature Trail
Gruffalo Explorers: The Gruffalo Summer Nature Trail
Wriggle and Roar!
Wriggle and Roar!
Shuffle and Squelch
Shuffle and Squelch
The Flying Bath
The Flying Bath
Princess Mirror-belle and the Party Hoppers
Princess Mirror-belle and the Party Hoppers
Princess Mirror-Belle
Princess Mirror-Belle
What the Jackdaw Saw
What the Jackdaw Saw
Sharing a Shell
Sharing a Shell
The Snail and the Whale Sticker Book
The Snail and the Whale Sticker Book
Animal Music
Animal Music
The Smartest Giant in Town Sticker Book
The Smartest Giant in Town Sticker Book
The Singing Mermaid Sticker Book
The Singing Mermaid Sticker Book
The What the Ladybird Heard Sticker Book
The What the Ladybird Heard Sticker Book
Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose
Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose
One Mole Digging A Hole
One Mole Digging A Hole
Toddle Waddle
Toddle Waddle
What the Ladybird Heard: Animal Noises Jigsaw Book
What the Ladybird Heard: Animal Noises Jigsaw Book
Gruffalo Explorers: The Gruffalo Spring Nature Trail
Gruffalo Explorers: The Gruffalo Spring Nature Trail
Tales from Acorn Wood: Fox's Socks
Tales from Acorn Wood: Fox's Socks
Tales From Acorn Wood: Rabbit's Nap
Tales From Acorn Wood: Rabbit's Nap
Tales from Acorn Wood: Postman Bear
Tales from Acorn Wood: Postman Bear
Tales from Acorn Wood: Hide-and-Seek Pig
Tales from Acorn Wood: Hide-and-Seek Pig
Tales from Acorn Wood: Hide-and-Seek Pig and Postman Bear
Tales from Acorn Wood: Hide-and-Seek Pig and Postman Bear
Tales from Acorn Wood: Fox's Socks and Rabbit's Nap
Tales from Acorn Wood: Fox's Socks and Rabbit's Nap
Charlie Cook's Favourite Book 10th Anniversary Edition
Charlie Cook's Favourite Book 10th Anniversary Edition
The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child Gift Slipcase
The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child Gift Slipcase
Room on the Broom BIG Activity Book
Room on the Broom BIG Activity Book
The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child board book gift slipcase
The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child board book gift slipcase
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox
Let's Read! The Gruffalo's Child
Let's Read! The Gruffalo's Child
What the Ladybird Heard Read and Play Farm
What the Ladybird Heard Read and Play Farm
My First Gruffalo: Can You Count? Jigsaw book
My First Gruffalo: Can You Count? Jigsaw book
My First Gruffalo: Can You See? Jigsaw book
My First Gruffalo: Can You See? Jigsaw book
Sugarlump and the Unicorn
Sugarlump and the Unicorn
The Paper Dolls World Record Edition
The Paper Dolls World Record Edition
The Gruffalo's Child 10th Anniversary Edition
The Gruffalo's Child 10th Anniversary Edition
The Gruffalo Play
The Gruffalo Play
Poems to Perform
Poems to Perform
Let's Read! A Squash and a Squeeze
Let's Read! A Squash and a Squeeze
The Gruffalo 15th anniversary edition
The Gruffalo 15th anniversary edition
The Gruffalo's Child Sound Book
The Gruffalo's Child Sound Book
The Gruffalo Sticker Activity Book
The Gruffalo Sticker Activity Book
Let's Read! What the Ladybird Heard
Let's Read! What the Ladybird Heard
Let's Read! Room on the Broom
Let's Read! Room on the Broom
The Princess and the Wizard Sound Book
The Princess and the Wizard Sound Book
Princess Mirror-Belle
Princess Mirror-Belle
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Flying Horse
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Flying Horse
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Magic Shoes
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Magic Shoes
The Singing Mermaid
The Singing Mermaid
Play Time
Play Time
What the Ladybird Heard Sticker Activity Book
What the Ladybird Heard Sticker Activity Book
Let's Read! The Gruffalo
Let's Read! The Gruffalo
Let's Read: The Snail and the Whale
Let's Read: The Snail and the Whale
Let's Read! Tyrannosaurus Drip
Let's Read! Tyrannosaurus Drip
Let's Read! The Princess and the Wizard
Let's Read! The Princess and the Wizard
Goat Goes to Playgroup
Goat Goes to Playgroup
Wake Up Do, Lydia Lou!
Wake Up Do, Lydia Lou!
The Gruffalo's Child Colouring Book
The Gruffalo's Child Colouring Book
Room on the Broom Sound Book
Room on the Broom Sound Book
The Gruffalo Latin Edition
The Gruffalo Latin Edition
One Ted Falls Out of Bed
One Ted Falls Out of Bed
Jack and the Flumflum Tree
Jack and the Flumflum Tree
The Princess Mirror-Belle Collection
The Princess Mirror-Belle Collection
The Snail and the Whale Magnet Book
The Snail and the Whale Magnet Book
My First Gruffalo Gift Set
My First Gruffalo Gift Set
My First Gruffalo Little Library
My First Gruffalo Little Library
The Gruffalo's Child Song and Other Songs
The Gruffalo's Child Song and Other Songs
My First Gruffalo: Touch-and-Feel
My First Gruffalo: Touch-and-Feel
The Gruffalo's Child Magnet Book
The Gruffalo's Child Magnet Book
Tales From Acorn Wood Activity Book
Tales From Acorn Wood Activity Book
What the Ladybird Heard Sound Book
What the Ladybird Heard Sound Book
My First Gruffalo: Hello Gruffalo! Buggy Book
My First Gruffalo: Hello Gruffalo! Buggy Book
My First Gruffalo: Gruffalo, What Can You See? Buggy Book
My First Gruffalo: Gruffalo, What Can You See? Buggy Book
The Rhyming Rabbit
The Rhyming Rabbit
The Princess and the Wizard Activity Book
The Princess and the Wizard Activity Book
Cave Baby
Cave Baby
My First Gruffalo: Colours
My First Gruffalo: Colours
My First Gruffalo: Numbers
My First Gruffalo: Numbers
My First Gruffalo: Animal Actions
My First Gruffalo: Animal Actions
My First Gruffalo: Opposites
My First Gruffalo: Opposites
Freddie and the Fairy
Freddie and the Fairy
The Gruffalo Sound Book
The Gruffalo Sound Book
Room on the Broom Colouring Book
Room on the Broom Colouring Book
Charlie Cook's Favourite Book Big Book
Charlie Cook's Favourite Book Big Book
Sharing a Shell Big Book
Sharing a Shell Big Book
The Snail and the Whale Colouring Book
The Snail and the Whale Colouring Book
What the Ladybird Heard
What the Ladybird Heard
The Gruffalo's Child Activity Book
The Gruffalo's Child Activity Book
The Gruffalo's Child Big Book
The Gruffalo's Child Big Book
The Troll
The Troll
Tyrannosaurus Drip Activity Book
Tyrannosaurus Drip Activity Book
Monkey Puzzle Jigsaw Book
Monkey Puzzle Jigsaw Book
The Smartest Giant in Town Activity Book
The Smartest Giant in Town Activity Book
Room on the Broom Activity Book
Room on the Broom Activity Book
The Gruffalo Colouring Book
The Gruffalo Colouring Book
Tyrannosaurus Drip
Tyrannosaurus Drip
Tales From Acorn Wood
Tales From Acorn Wood
The Smartest Giant in Town Big Book
The Smartest Giant in Town Big Book
Room on the Broom and Other Songs
Room on the Broom and Other Songs
The Snail and the Whale Big Book
The Snail and the Whale Big Book
Hippo Has A Hat
Hippo Has A Hat
Squash and a Squeeze Big Book
Squash and a Squeeze Big Book
The Gruffalo and Friends CD Box Set
The Gruffalo and Friends CD Box Set
The Gruffalo Song and Other Songs
The Gruffalo Song and Other Songs
The Gruffalo Jigsaw Book
The Gruffalo Jigsaw Book
Room on the Broom Big Book
Room on the Broom Big Book
Monkey Puzzle Big Book
Monkey Puzzle Big Book
The Gruffalo Big Book
The Gruffalo Big Book
The Gruffalo
The Gruffalo

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<i>It's a Little Baby</i> song

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