Sunday, 5 May 2013

A Squash and a Squeeze Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

This year Macmillan Children’s Books celebrates 20 years of publishing the no.1 best-selling picture book duo in the UK: Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  Their winning partnership has seen the creation of many popular books, including the world-famous The Gruffalo.  Since the publication of their first collaborative title, the best-selling A Squash and a Squeeze, they have written and illustrated over twenty books in the last twenty years.

To mark the occasion, Axel Scheffler has created a piece of 20th Anniversary artwork, which has been used across commemorative material. Macmillan Children’s Books has donated the original artwork to Farms for City Children, who are running a “digital raffle” to raise money to support their on-going work.

Axel says:

“I’m pleased that as part of the anniversary celebrations for A Squash and a Squeeze we can help support such an appropriate charity (for those who know the book!). My artwork has been included in many charity auctions over the past twenty years, but I do like the idea that a child could win this very special piece with just £2 pocket money, rather than it going to the highest bidder.”

To enter the raffle, entrants must pay a £2 entry fee to Farms for City Children through their MyDonate page.

The raffle closes on Monday 3rd June 2013.

Full details on entering can be found on Farms for City Children’s official website:

Farms for City Children already has a strong literary connection, as author and former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, founded the charity in 1976 with his wife Clare.

Michael says:

“I am delighted that Macmillan Children’s Books has chosen Farms for City Children to benefit from this wonderful competition celebrating the 20th anniversary of Julia Donaldson’s book, A Squash and a Squeeze. It is a delightful children’s story and it is enhanced further by the wonderful drawings of Axel Scheffler. Any child would be so pleased – and so lucky – to win a piece of Axel’s original artwork.”

Macmillan Children’s Books is one of the UK’s leading children’s publishers. A division of Pan Macmillan, Macmillan Children’s Books publishes over 300 books a year for all age groups and is the publisher of bestselling titles by Julia Donaldson, Rod Campbell, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Eva Ibbotson. Macmillan Children’s Books has won many major awards such as the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize and the Blue Peter and Red House Book Awards.

Farms for City Children is a registered charity, founded in 1976. Its aim is to enrich the lives and develop the potential of children from cities and towns all over the country by giving them the opportunity to spend a week in the countryside on a working farm. Around 3,000 children each year live and work together for a whole seven days on one of three real farms in Devon, Gloucestershire and Pembrokeshire. They range in age from 8-14 years old.

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