The Ugly Five


by Scheffler, Axel, Donaldson, Julia | Interest age: from c 3 years
Published 14/06/2018 by Scholastic (Alison Green Books) in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 32 pages

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The funny and joyful picture book from the number one

bestselling author and illustrator of The Gruffalo, Stick Man

and Zog.

‘Morning had dawned on the African plain.

The lion lay grooming his glorious mane.

The kudu looked cool and the rhino looked fine.

The bright pink flamingos looked simply divine.

The zebra looked graceful; the leopard look great.

Oh what a picture of beauty – but wait!’

Who’s that singing on the savannah?

The wildebeest, warthog, vulture, hyena and marabou stork swagger

proudly across the savannah, rejoicing in their ugliness – and

delighting their babies, who think they’re perfect just the way

they are.

Inspired by the real-life Ugly Five safari animals, this gorgeous

picture book is a celebration of animals who are often rather


Shiny foil highlights on the cover makes this a special gift

for toddlers

A funny and comical picture book from the UK’s number one picture

book author and illustrator

Perfect read-aloud rhyming text and stunning pictures on every

page with lots of details to spot

Full of fabulous animals!

Celebrates being yourself, family and friendship

From the creators of The Gruffalo, Stick Man and Zog,

which have all been made into animated films

The animated film of Tabby McTat stars

voice artists including Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who) as the narrator,

Rob Brydon (Gavin and Stacey) as Fred, Sope Dirisu (Gangs

of London) as Tabby McTat, alongside Cariad Lloyd, Joanna Scanlan

and Susan Wokoma.

Look out for Jonty Gentoo by Julia

Donaldson and Axel Scheffler in 2024.


Praise for The Ugly Five:

‘Donaldson’s exuberant verse and Scheffler’s strong, inimitable style

are splendidly suited to these underrated, cheerful grotesques,

and evoke the love between parents and children of every species’


‘Another fabulous story for two- to eighty-year olds … What bliss

from the creators of The Gruffalo’ The Oldie

‘Funny, catchy and gleeful … it’s irresistible rhymes trip off

the tongue … Axel’s pictures are witty and full of character’ BBC

Wildlife Magazine

Additional information

Weight 0.202 kg