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The Snail and the Whale and Other Stories

By: Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler
Narrated by: Josie Lawrence, Imelda Staunton, Steven Pacey, Julia Donaldson
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Summary

A brilliant collection of best-selling stories from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, read aloud by stars Josie Lawrence, Steven Pacey and Imelda Staunton - perfect for listening to at home, in the car, at bedtime or any time at all!

Travel the world with the little snail and the humpback whale, soar through the sky with the witch and her animal friends, join the Gruffalo's Child as she searches for the mysterious Big Bad Mouse and enjoy the world inside a book with Charlie Cook! The Snail and the Whale and Other Stories is brilliantly performed by well-known actors Josie Lawrence, Steven Pacey and Imelda Staunton, and each story also has a song and sound effects, with a total running time of an hour.

Perfect for listening to at home or to brighten up a car journey with the much-loved creations of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This fantastic collection includes four stories: The Snail and the Whale, Room on the Broom, The Gruffalo's Child and Charlie Cook's Favourite Book.

©2020 Julia Donaldson (P)2020 Macmillan Publishing International Limited

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fantastic childrens audiobooks

A great audio description of the books/BBC short stories. my daughter listens to them intently. great choice to keep little ones entertained whilst travelling in the car.

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Stories are great, not the songs

My kids love all of these stories but the songs and background must is not great...

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Why are there songs?

When I see "X and other stories" as a title I don't expect every other chapter to be a song about the story before it. Bewarned!

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Brilliant stories in the excellent collection

This is something I’d love to see more of. Children’s books work well as audiobooks and can be a lifesaver on car journeys. It’s a shame to often see books that I already physically own as audiobooks for a price that’s just unrealistic. At least with a collection short stories it makes it more worthwhile.

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Good, but small tweaks could improve it

My kids love listening to these when they go to bed. The only thing I’d like to see improved is the naming of the chapters so you know what you’re picking. Even better would be being able to ask Alexa to select that particular chapter.

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Excellent

This is a great purchase and on repeat in our house.
It is true: there are no chapter descriptions, and there is accompanying music w the stories. But it all fits in great and there’s no need to deduct stars for that. We have the sample button for this exact reason: sample it and if you don’t like it, don’t buy it.
My 3yr old loves this compilation as much as he likes the actual books. And the best of all, he keeps himself entertained w it.
And to the point of the accompanying music: it is not your CocoMelon or your Peppa Pig music. It is way better and cannot be compared.
A def recommendation from us for any parent that encourages the creative side in their kids.

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A lot of filler

The stories are great but they have padded it out a lot with music which just feels like its there to make the book seem longer... quite repetative!

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Why put music and noise with it

My son loves these books , however …..
Why put the sound effects ,music and noise ??
He likes it to just be read and I mist admit it puts me off the book too ! What a shame

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Songs are irritating

Stories are as predicted fantastic and well read.. Songs are particularly irritating and disrupts what was a lovely calm listening experience

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Toddler happy but could do without the irritating music

I love Julia Donaldson books but the pointless instrumental interludes make this audiobook incredibly annoying to listen to. I assume it’s to make it longer but I think it would be a better experience without it. My toddler doesn’t seem to mind though!

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