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Celebrations for Gruffalo's 20th birthday.

THE author and illustrator of The Gruffalo joined hundreds of children in Manchester to celebrate the character's 20th birthday.

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler were at Z-arts, in Hulme, to mark the milestone at a special event on Sunday.

The venue was chosen as it's home to the current A World Inside A Book exhibition, which is based on their work, and is open until February next year.

Ahead of the event we asked people to send in videos of their little ones' questions for the pair on our Manchester Family Facebook page - and we put them to Julia and Axel on the day.

Questions included one from fiveyear-old Lois Hill, who asked Julia how long it takes her to write her books.

Julia told us: "A lot of the writing isn't sitting there with your pen, it's all going on in your head.

"The thinking part of it can take a long time to work out what's going to happen. Sometimes it might take me a year to decide what's going to happen in the story, but perhaps only takes two weeks to actually write it."

Families at the party enjoyed Gruffalo-themed crafts, book signings, a Q&A with Julia and Axel and watched as Axel sketched some of his wellknown characters. There were also screenings of films including Stick Man and Room on The Broom, and, most importantly, an appearance from the character himself who shared his birthday cake with his guests.

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Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler at the event

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Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Date:Mar 26, 2019
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