Thursday, 9 May 2013

Book Giveaway - A Squash and a Squeeze!

Leave a comment below to enter the giveaway to win a copy of A Squash and a Squeeze!

A Squash and a Squeeze is the first book published by that talented duo lovingly known as the creators of the Gruffalo: Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson. A Squash and A Squeeze, published 20 years ago, was their first book together and I'm giving away a copy to celebrate!

A Squash and a Squeeze is the story of a little old lady who seeks help from a wise old man because her house is too small. Her gives her some very curious advice indeed and tells her to invite her farm animals inside to share the space. Before long she finds herself competing for elbow room with a cow, a goat, a pig and a hen.  It's a rowdy crowd and she pleads again to the wise old man for help. He calmly instructs her to empty her house of the animals. She shooes them out one by one and is in store for a pleasant surprise when she discovers that her problem has been solved.

In true Donaldson fashion the text is an easy ryhme and the title is integrated cleverly into the story. I've always enjoyed the repetition in Donaldson's stories and find that E quickly learns the phrases and is very proud to say them aloud on cue. Scheffler's ever fun and cheery illustrations complement the story with a quartet of perfectly smug and cheeky looking animals lolling through the pages.

To enter the book giveaway please leave a comment below by midnight Thursday 16 May.  The winner will be selected at random and announced on Friday 17 May.

And don't miss a great opportunity to win an original piece of artwork by Axel Scheffler!
Macmillan Children's Books is running a raffle in aid of Farms for City Children and the prize is a piece based on the characters from A Squash and a Squeeze. To enter, and for terms and conditions, please go to

Please note that both the book giveaway and raffle are open only to residents of the UK or Eire.

Many thanks to Macmillan Children's Books for providing a copy of A Squash and a Squeeze for this book giveaway.


  1. We don't own this one yet and I think Andy would love it!

  2. We don't own this one for some reason but I just know my three children would love it!

  3. My little boy would love this! :)



  4. We love these books but strangely, don't own this one...yet!

  5. Sounds like a nice one to read to Arthur! We try to read a book every night and I think he likes it and it also makes him sleepy!


  6. Thanks all for entering the book giveaway. The lucky winner is Elena@Modern Olivia! If you didn't win this time then please check the blog again as I'll be running more book giveaways in the coming months. Happy reading everyone! (Note: Winner selected at random using

  7. Yay! Thank you Mrs Brown and Macmillan for the opportunity to win!