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Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler sign up to Scholastic UK Ltd

Alison Green Books, the new eponymous imprint of Scholastic UK Ltd, is delighted to announce the acquisition of TIDDLER, the latest picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Julia and Axel are the best-selling and award winning picture book team behind many favourite books for children, including THE GRUFFALO and ROOM ON THE BROOM.

In TIDDLER, Julia Donaldson has created a hugely appealing character - a little fish with a very big imagination. It�s a story about the importance of story-telling and is written in rhyme, with loads of opportunities for children to join in. Axel Scheffler loves the story and is looking forward to the challenge of creating a new and distinctive visual world for it.

Alison Green joined Scholastic UK in 2005 to set up her own imprint, publishing picture books and novelty books. Regarding this latest acquisition for her list, she says:

�I have worked with Axel and Julia for over ten years and I'm thrilled to be working with them again. They are an extraordinary team - every book they make is a classic. I love the story of TIDDLER; it is packed full of the warmth and humour that only Julia can create. Children of all ages are going to love it.�

Publication is set for September 2007, and Scholastic look forward to continuing their relationship with Julia and Axel into the future.

Meanwhile, Julia Donaldson will carry on writing a variety of books for Macmillan Children�s Books, which will be illustrated by, amongst others, Nick Sharratt and Lydia Monks.

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