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The first ever funny rhyme by the world-famous creators of The Gruffalo. The book where it all started! But how will this daft story end…? The old lady’s house is poky and small. Gosh, what a squash! What a squeeze! But with a cow on the table, a goat on the bed and a pig in the larder munching her bread… not to mention a big flapping hen, can she make her house feel big and empty again? A hoot of a story, bursting with comic energy and with a feelgood lesson tucked inside. Squash up and enjoy!

  • The first story by the star team behind The Gruffalo
  • A laugh-aloud rhyming classic full of animal antics
  • Julia and Axel are the UK’s top picture book team
  • Valuable message about appreciating what you have

“My readers collapsed in heaps, and then had to have it read again. And again.” Vivian French, Guardian

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 2.8; Lower years; 0.5 points

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  • 32 pages


UK edition


Julia Donaldson

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Axel Scheffler

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What kids think

  1. Pearl 113298

    on 22 March 2014

    How can they fit . Hee

    5out of 5
  2. Love stargirl 113412

    on 9 March 2014

    best book ever

    5out of 5
  3. Avatar owl 761790

    on 9 March 2014

    This is about a lady whos animals trash her house.

  4. Gruffalo 113679

    on 27 February 2014

    We liked the pig because he was funny.

    We liked the chicken because it flew out the window.

    We liked the cow because it was too big for the house.

    5out of 5
  5. Evie 113313

    on 9 January 2014

    This book is a squash and a squeeze. well this book a got a lot of UGH GET OUT OF MY HOUSE ad this book is really,really amazing.

  6. Avatar bat 761713

    on 6 March 2013

    This is an unforgetable tale of an old woman who has a small cottage. I recommend this book for young readers aged 2-6

    5out of 5
  7. Pearl 113298

    on 1 March 2012

    It is a funny book and she has a small house with lots of things in it.

  8. Avatar lion 761782

    on 3 March 2011

    my little niece loves here books she can’t wait for the next one!!

  9. Bellasara 113282

    on 3 March 2011

    very good

  10. Jane blonde 113694

    on 3 March 2011

    I think the Julia Donaldson books rock!!! They make me want to write poems. I like shouting out the words to my brother.