Picture books are where her heart really lies.
"The Gruffalo was written at a time when a lot of picture books were about unconditional love; 'I love you, little so-and-so', that sort of thing," she says. "Then along came The Gruffalo with this exciting, dramatic story and was very different.
"Picture books are such a wonderful thing, I love them. They're much more grown up and imaginative than other fiction. A picture book can be a fable or poetry or convey a deep truth; they capture children at that point before they get into the predictable territory of pony books or football books. A picture book really can break the mould."
Monday, July 16, 2007
In The Daily Telegraph, Judith Woods talks to author Julia Donaldson, creator of The Gruffalo.