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It launched Julia’s name, it’s 20 years old and it has a cow dancing a jig. Gotta like it. This special anniversary edition includes unseen drawings from Axel’s sketchbook and a new foreword by Julia herself. The old lady’s house is poky and small. Gosh, what a squash. What a squeeze. A cow on the table, a goat on the bed, and a pig in the larder munching the bread. Not to mention a big flapping hen. Will this house ever feel empty again? The very first story that Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler ever created together. The start of an epic partnership: the place where The Gruffalo began.

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  • 32 pages



UK edition


Julia Donaldson

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Axel Scheffler

Photo of Axel Scheffler


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  1. Cheerforevers
    on 8 March 2014

    This is really funny!

  2. moshlinglover06
    on 4 March 2014

    I liked this book because the lady puts all her animals in her farm house and all the animals start to mess up the house

    3 out of 5
  3. loulou38
    on 25 April 2013

    it is funny

    4 out of 5
  4. ruts
    on 1 April 2013

    Good best I have red

    5 out of 5
  5. TheMileLongBookshelfBlog
    on 8 March 2013

    Read this to my 3 year old cousin, he loved every single word

  6. fiery75orange
    on 7 March 2013

    I love this book

  7. supercoolcharm
    on 7 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

    5 out of 5
  8. lap312i
    on 6 March 2013

    this book is for younger kids but it is funny.

  9. ninjastickman
    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

    4 out of 5
  10. rockstar101
    on 6 March 2013

    i recommend this book for young children

    4 out of 5
  11. rahul2313
    on 5 March 2013

    the coolest book ever verry funny

  12. samcharlie123
    on 5 March 2013

    I loved this book when I was younger! It’s really funny and I love the illustrations too.

    Would recommend this to any younger readers who love to laugh when they are reading.

    4 out of 5
  13. Mads545
    on 4 March 2013

    I loved this book and I had many laughs as a kid reading it. My family still reminds me that its one of my favorite books!

    5 out of 5
  14. TwilightTeamEdward
    on 4 March 2013

    I love this book and I always read it to my little sister.

  15. Rebecacola
    on 4 March 2013

    I used to love theese books the teacher would always read it(i still love it now)

    5 out of 5
  16. powerpush22
    on 4 March 2013

    My teacher read it in calss for our literacy and everyone thought that’s for the little ones but we all liked it!

  17. kkitt-kkatt
    on 15 February 2013

    one of my all time favourite