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#365PictureBooks Day 37 The paper dolls by Julia Donaldson & Rebecca Cobb


“The Paper Dolls is the breathtakingly beautiful story of one little girl and her five paper dolls.

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.

A stunning, rhythmical story of childhood, memory and the power of imagination from the author of The Gruffalo, and new illustrating talent Rebecca Cobb”. Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

This is a delightful, light-hearted, tale showing the power of imagination, and really reminds the reader of what childhood is all about. The little girl has a mother who helps her make and decorate paper dolls. Together, they embark on adventures and meet terrifying creatures that they overcome by sticking together.

They were Ticky and Tacky and Jackie the Backie and Jim with two noses and Jo with the bow.

And they danced, and they jumped and they sang.

And they met a dinosaur who clawed and roared and said, “I’m going to get you!”

When the inevitable happens and the dolls are no more, they live on in the girls memory until they are resurrected as the inspiration for new paper dolls she helps create with her own little girl.

Lovely with gorgeous illustrations.

Bibliographic details:

The paper dolls / Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Rebecca Cobb.

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, 2012.

32 pages


NZ RRP $18.99

Widely available.


#365PictureBooks Day 35 – Charlie Cook’s favourite book

Charlie Cook has a favourite book. It’s about a pirate, who also has a favourite book . . . about Goldilocks, who also has a favourite book . . . about a knight, who also has a favourite book . . . . This hilarious pattern continues throughout the story, right to the satisfying and surprising end.

The reader in me has always loved this book – it is a great celebration of reading – each character we encounter has a favourite book and each book is different which emphasises to children that readers are unique with individual tastes and preferences.

I discovered on rereading this, that this is a great book to help explain the concept of genres to children, as each character likes a different type of book or reading matter (non-fiction and a newspaper, for example).

This book is another great example of the creative partnership between a wonderful writer and a superb illustrator that has resulted in so many gorgeous picture books.

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Bibliographic details:

Charlie Cook’s favourite book / Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, 2010.

26 pages

ISBN: 9780330537827