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The Smeds and The Smoos

Written by Julia Donaldson

Soar into space with this glorious love story of alien folk! The Smeds (who are red) never mix with the Smoos (who are blue). So when a young Smed and Smoo fall in love, their families strongly disapprove. But peace is restored and love conquers all in this happiest of love stories. There's even a gorgeous purple baby to celebrate!
With fabulous rhymes and breathtaking illustrations, this book is literally out of this world!

The Smeds and The Smoos book cover

Axel says:

Julia has written about every subject on earth - from sticks and snails to Highway robbers - so we had to move into outer space! I love the message of this book that we should really embrace 'the other': that they are not really that different at all and that we can make friends with them. (As the father of a French-German child it is especially significant for me since the French and the Germans have been 'arch enemies' for long periods of history.) I enjoyed the freedom drawing those crazy aliens, as much as Julia enjoyed making up all those nonsense words. I wonder what she'll come up with next?!

I did lots of sketches to work out what Bill and Janet would look like

More alien sketching

Sometimes I got Bill and Janet's colours mixed up!

Where to buy The Smeds and The Smoos in the UK