Jumbeelia, a girl giant, loves the stories of the iggly plop who climbed up the bimblestonk and was chased back down again by a giant.
Growing her own bimblestonk, she climbs down it and finds a whole world of iggly plops – our world, in fact, where Colette, Stephen and Poppy are very surprised to find themselves collected up into a bag and carried off back up the beanstalk.
So begins a wild and wonderful tale of how three children escape from an overenthusiastic giant girl, her very-pregnant giant mum, and her very nasty adolescent giant brother.
About the Author.
Julia Donaldson’s writing career started when she was a penniless student in Paris, and went busking. Busking led to song-writing, including two musicals and countless songs for children’s television. It was only when one of Julia’s songs, ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’, was made into a picture book that she began writing songs without tunes. Her rhyming stories – including THE GRUFFALO and ROOM ON THE BROOM (both published by Macmillan) ? have won many prizes and regularly top the UK picture-book bestseller charts. For Egmont, she has written the picture book Night Monkey, Day Monkey, gorgeously illustrated by Lucy Richards.
Julia has also written books for beginner readers, such as the Banana books Spinderella and Follow the Swallow, and enjoys writing plays for children and teenagers, including Bombs and Blackberries (Hodder) which is about the Second World War.
Egmont has published Julia’s novel for 7-11-year olds, The Giants and the Joneses. It is about three children who are kidnapped by a child-collecting girl giant, and features a special giant language.
For three years Julia was writer in residence for Easterhouse, helping children and adults with their own writing.
She also visits theatres, schools, libraries and writers’ groups to do performances, workshops and talks.