The Gruffallo author visits Sgoil an Rubha

Julia Donaldson with some of the young pupils from Sgoil an Rubha who helped her act out her 'What the ladybird heard' story.
Julia Donaldson with some of the young pupils from Sgoil an Rubha who helped her act out her 'What the ladybird heard' story.
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Hugely successful children’s author Julia Donaldson visited Sgoil an Rubha on Lewis for a series of storytelling sessions.

With several million book sales to her name Donaldson is one of Britain’s most loved children’s authors and her literary creations - especially the Gruffalo - have become children’s classics.

She was on Lewis as part of Faclan - The Hebridean Book Festival but she found the time to visit the Point School where she also signed a mountain of children’s books as well as hosting workshops, singalongs and some role playing of her most famous books.

“I’ve been performing at the book festival and I managed to come and visit the school too,” smiled Julia in between frantic scribbles on the never-ending conveyor belt of books being placed in front of her.

“I didn’t think I’d still be so popular 20-years on and to be honest I didn’t even think The Gruffalo - when I wrote it - would get published but now it must be something like the 80th edition of it now.

“But I’ve written so much more than just the Gruffalo and I do sometimes get a little ‘Gruffallo’d out’. Today in the school we acted out ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ which is a farmyard story and another of my favourite books ‘The Magic Paintbrush.’ “I’m thinking of writing a musical next and I started off writing songs so I’d like to give a musical a try.”