A Squash and a Squeeze

by Julia Donaldson, Illustrated By Axel Scheffler

Arthur A. Levine Books
January 2017

Ages 3 – 5 . Grades PreK – Kindergarten

Lexile measure: 570L

DRA: 24

Guided Reading: M

When a little old lady can't stand her tiny house any longer, a wise old man gives her some strange advice... And soon her house is feeling smaller than ever, with a hen, a goat, a pig, and even a cow trampling all over her kitchen! But the wise old man has one piece of advice still to give and may yet be able to solve the little old lady's problems.

Adapted from a classic folktale, A Squash and a Squeeze was the very first picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, before they went on to become international stars for their beloved picture books, including The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. Long out of print in the US, A Squash and a Squeeze is back and ready to be discovered by a new generation of readers.
Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson served as the UK Children's Laureate from 2011 to 2013 and has written many bestselling and beloved picture books and novels for young readers. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with her husband, Malcolm.
Axel Scheffler

Axel Scheffler's award-winning books include Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale, and The Gruffalo. His illustrations have been published in more than 30 countries. He lives in London, England.


  • Praise for A Squash and a Squeeze:

    "Pen-and-ink outlined with bright watercolor washes are set against a white background. It seems that light is shining through the pages. Best of all is the language; the refrain reverberates even after the story is over... A charming story hour addition." -- School Library Journal

    Praise for Superworm:

    "A word lover's delight in rousing, rhyming verse." -- New York Times Book Review

    *"The unlikely superhero with his googly eyes and winning smile will be hit, and the rhythmic rhyme will have audiences chanting along by the end of the story.... Silly and slimy -- superfun!" -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    Praise for Stick Man:

    *"Donaldson's rhymes never skip a beat, and Scheffler personalizes the many animals, people and settings in his witty watercolors. This yarn could become a December perennial." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

    *"Scheffler's engaging illustrations, Donaldson's irresistible rhyming text and repeated refrains make this a winning read-aloud that will stick around long after the holiday season." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review



ISBN: 9781338052206

32pp. | 8-½ x 10-⅝