Drawing tips for creating Detective Dog Nell this week!

Julia Donaldson is launching a weekly broadcast (every Thursday at 4pm) in partnership with Macmillan and Scholastic, to entertain families during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Gruffalo’s Child author will perform stories, songs and poems, and will be joined by her husband.

Illustrators from her books, including Axel Scheffler, Rebecca Cobb, Lydia Monks, David Roberts and Nick Sharratt will also feature.

Donaldson said: “During this very difficult time, I am glad to be able to do something useful from the confines of my home.

“I hope that my stories, songs and poems bring a little cheer to those who read them or tune in to my new weekly broadcasts. I look forward to sharing some favourites and some lesser known works with families everywhere.”

The broadcasts will be live on Macmillan and Scholastic’s websites  or can be found on Facebook (click on the links below to view):


  1. Thursday 2nd April – a performance of A Squash and Squeeze https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3134033283326152


2. Thursday 9th April –  Julia Donaldson and Friends: What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside https://www.facebook.com/OfficialGruffalo/videos/916318972119980/



3. Thursday 16th April – three poems from Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum https://www.facebook.com/OfficialGruffalo/videos/julia-donaldson-and-friends-crazy-mayonnaisy-mum/325672945063757/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos




4. Thursday 23rd April – Get ready for singing, drawing and fun activities all about Stick Man! Join Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler on this week’s ‘Julia Donaldson & Friends’. https://www.facebook.com/OfficialGruffalo/videos/526839921315482/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos



5. Thursday 30th April – This week’s episode of ‘Julia Donaldson and Friends’ is all about The Cook and the King! Tune in now for a performance by Julia and her husband Malcolm, as well as some drawing from illustrator David Roberts. https://www.facebook.com/OfficialGruffalo/videos/julia-donaldson-and-friends-the-cook-and-the-king/3320475954631546/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos




6. Thursday 7th May – This week Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler celebrate the hard work of doctors, nurses and carers. Tune in to see Julia read Zog and the Flying Doctors and a performances of ‘Can Princesses Be Doctors?’ song. Axel Scheffler draws Zog, Princess Pearl and Sir Gadabout in special protective clothing to show children that underneath are lovely friendly doctors ready to help people in need. https://www.facebook.com/OfficialGruffalo/videos/julia-donaldson-and-friends-zog-and-the-flying-doctors/2962280460559054/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos





7. Thursday 14th May – Tune in to listen to a reading of The Detective Dog by Julia, and then learn how to draw Detective Dog Nell with some tips from Sara, who illustrated this book. https://www.facebook.com/OfficialGruffalo/videos/julia-donaldson-and-friends-the-detective-dog/1177661465906429/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos

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