Created: 14th August, 2015

A Squash and a Squeeze

Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Macmillan

An old lady finds that her house is too small and asks a wise old man for advice. One by one, he suggests that she takes in a variety of animals until eventually her house is so full that she has to turn them all out again. Amazingly her house seems ‘enormous now’!

The rhyming text has a lovely rhythm which can be sung. The pictures in this earlier collaboration between the team which created The Gruffalo express the humour in the old lady’s dilemma.

See also: Big Brown Bear's Cave by Yuval Zommer (9781783706464), Templar £6.99