The best Julia Donaldson books of 2017

08 January 2018

By Macmillan Children's Books

We published a great selection of books by Julia Donaldson in 2017 – including a new Ladybird adventure and a crime-busting dog.

What the Ladybird Heard Next

What the Ladybird Heard Next

For children aged 2 - 4 years

What the Ladybird Heard Next is now available in a sturdy board book for tiny hands. Join the cow, the goose, the horse, the sheep, the cat, and everyone's favourite ladybird in this funny farmyard caper. Plus, there's a sparkly ladybird on every page for your child to find.

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Whoosh! Went the Witch: A Room on the Broom Book

Whoosh! Went the Witch: A Room on the Broom Book

For children aged 2 - 4 years

This fun interactive book is a great introduction to Room on the Broom for younger readers. Toddlers will love pressing the noisy button and WHOOSH through the sky with the witch and her animal friends.

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What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday

What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday

For children aged 3 - 5 years

Those two bad men, Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh, are back! They may be in the city instead of the farm, but they haven't changed their thieving ways. This time, they're planning to steal a monkey from the zoo and use it to pinch the Queen's crown. It's a pity for them that a certain crime-busting ladybird is holidaying in the very same city.

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The Gruffalo Sticker Book

The Gruffalo Sticker Book

For children aged 3 - 5 years

Join all your favourite characters from the deep dark wood in this must-have sticker book based on the bestselling picture book The Gruffalo. Packed with games, activities and over 400 stickers, The Gruffalo Sticker Book is perfect for birthdays, rainy days and school holidays. Look out for: The Gruffalo's Child Sticker Book!

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The Everywhere Bear

The Everywhere Bear

For children aged 3 - 6 years

The Everywhere Bear loves to go home every weekend with a child from Class One. But one day he falls out from a backpack and embarks on his own big adventure. He's washed down a drain and whooshed out to sea, rescued by a fishing boat, loaded onto a lorry, carried off by a seagull... will he ever make it back to Class One?

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The Detective Dog

The Detective Dog

For children aged 3 - 7 years

Peter's dog Nell has an amazing sense of smell. Every Monday she goes to school with Peter and listens to children read. So who better to have on hand when they arrive one morning to discover that the school's books have all disappeared! There's only one dog for the job... and Detective Dog Nell is ready to sniff out the culprit!

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The Magic Paintbrush

The Magic Paintbrush

For children aged 3 - 6 years

With her magic paintbrush, Shen can paint steaming pots full of fish and oysters to feed the hungry people in her village. The evil emperor hears of her gift and commands Shen to paint gold for him instead. All Shen wants to do is paint for the poor, but how can she match the emperor's mighty power?

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Princess Mirror-Belle and Snow White

Princess Mirror-Belle and Snow White

For children aged 5 - 7 years

Specially produced for World Book Day 2017, Princess Mirror-Belle and Snow White is perfect for children who are beginning to read on their own.

Ellen gets a big shock when her double appears out of the bathroom mirror. But Mirror-Belle is a double with a difference... She’s a princess, and a very mischievous one at that. In this story, Princess Mirror-Belle comes popping out of Ellen's mirror to help out with the local pantomime, but of course she causes mayhem for Ellen.

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The What the Ladybird Heard Next Play

The What the Ladybird Heard Next Play

For children aged 5 - 8 years

Calling all budding thespians! With easy to follow lines for each character and handy tips on staging and props, children will love performing their favourite story at home or school.

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The Gruffalo and Friends Annual 2018

The Gruffalo and Friends Annual 2018

For children aged 5 - 9 years old

The official Gruffalo and Friends Annual 2018 is bursting with fun stories, puzzles, crafts, games and recipes. There's enough to keep your child busy all year round!

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The Ugly Five

Who's that singing on the savannah? It's the top-five ugly animals in Africa! The wildebeest, warthog, vulture, hyena and marabou stork swagger proudly across the savannah, rejoicing in their ugliness. They might be gangly, warty, bumpy, bristly, spotty and stinky – but they’re perfect just the way they are! This comical picture book has a lovely message about loving each other despite our appearances.

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