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The Smeds and the Smoos

By Julia Donaldson   Illustrated by Axel Scheffler   

Scholastic Inc. | ISBN 9781338669763 Hardcover
32 Pages | Ages 4 to 8

An out-of-this-world story of friendship from the creators of Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo

The Smeds (who are red) never mix with the Smoos (who are blue), so when Janet and Bill, a young Smed and Smoo, fall in love, their families strongly disapprove. But love conquers all and, in the happiest of happy endings, Janet and Bill not only bring their warring blue and red families together — they also celebrate the arrival of their beautiful purple baby! From the bestselling creators of Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo, this out-of-this-world story of friendship and family is a timely celebration of embracing our differences and finding common ground.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for A Gold Star for Zog:

A New York Times Notable Book

"Donaldson, the current children's laureate in Britain, is a master of witty comic rhyme and original stories with heart. Here she and Scheffler outdo themselves with the smart, funny — dare I say, deep? — story of a dragon in training, a princess who wants to be a doctor and a knight who could use a bit of rescuing. The book gets a gold star too." — New York Times Book Review

"While Scheffler's characters are straight out of fantasy, they exude a sweet, down-to-earth quality that makes them instantly sympathetic. Readers will get a kick out of the genial self-awareness in his cartooning — on almost every spread, a character glances at the audience as if to say, 'Can you believe this?'" — Publishers Weekly

"A delightful new twist on happily-ever-after." — School Library Journal