PREVIEW: A World Inside a Book: Gruffalos, Dragons and Other Creatures, Discover Children’s Story Centre

The Discover Children’s Story Centre will present an exhibition looking at some of the characters children meet in some of Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson’s beloved children’s book from the 21st October. 

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Bringing twelve beloved children’s stories  to life, A World Inside a Book will take visitors into the worlds created by Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson including the stories: A Squash and a Squeeze, The Smartest Giant in Town, Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book, Monkey Puzzle, Tiddler, Room on the Broom, The Highway Rat, Zog, The Gruffalo, The Snail and the Whale, Stick Man and Superworm.

This immersive exhibition is the first of its kind in the UK to be devoted to the pair’s work in children’s literature and will also include a gallery display Axel Scheffler’s original artwork for the books.

Talking about the exhibition Julia Donaldson said: “”It’s always exciting when someone takes our books in a different direction. We’ve had plays and films, and now this imaginative and interactive exhibition. I’ve visited Discover in the past and have seen how enthusiastically children react to it, so I can’t wait for the opening.”

Meanwhile Axel Scheffler commented: “Over the years I have always been very happy to visit and support the Discover Children’s Story Centre. They do brilliant, important work promoting the joy of books and reading to children. It is an honour to have my partnership with Julia Donaldson showcased in this immersive, interactive way.”

Alongside the exhibition, the Discover Children’s Story Centre will present a year’s worth of events including Julia and Axel inspired events for 0-3s, film screenings and regular visits from The Gruffalo, Stick Man, Zog and The Highway Rat. And on Saturday 11 November, Julia and Axel will be at DISCOVER from 11am – 1.30pm, including a book signing.

A World inside a Book: Gruffalos, Dragons and Other Creatures will be on display at the Discover Children’s Story from the 21st October until September 2018. For more information visit:



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