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The Gigantic Turnip

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ISBN: 9781905236589

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Written by Aleksei Tolstoy
Illustrated by Niamh Sharkey
Narrated by Imelda Staunton
How many people (and animals!) will it take to pull up the massive turnip from the garden? A humorous retelling of the well-loved Russian tale, this cumulative counting tale celebrates cooperation, teamwork and the joys of gardening. Book with audio includes story read by Imelda Staunton.

More Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.75 inches
  • Page Count: 40 pages
  • Age Range: Ages 3-7 years

Awards & Accolades

  • Books for Children, Mother Goose Award, 1999
  • The Blue Ribbon Book, The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books, 1999
  • Children's Book Council NOT Just for Children Anymore!, 2000
  • Book of the Year Award Finalist, Foreword Magazine, 2000


"...an old, old tale, but this new version has to be one of the best ever... rhythmical, funny and perfectly paced" – The Guardian

"In this silly retelling of the classic Russian tale, The Gigantic Turnip encourages friendship and working together to achieve success" – New York Botanical Garden

"The illustrations are so amazing, they’re the perfect tone for this delightful folktale" – Imagination Soup

About the Contributors

Written by - Aleksei Tolstoy
Aleksei Tolstoy (1883-1945) was born and raised in Russia. During his four-decade literary career, he witnessed milestone historic events, both in his home country of Russia and abroad. He was a master storyteller, and wrote several children's tales as well as poems, plays and stories for adults.
Illustrated by - Niamh Sharkey
Award-winning Irish illustrator Niamh Sharkey works in oils on a gessoed textured background to create the richness in color that has quickly established her as a world class illustrator. She graduated in 1994 with First Class Honors from the College of Marketing and Design, Dublin, and was chosen as "Student of the Year" in the Graphics category by the Society of Designers in Ireland. Niamh now lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Narrated by - Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton has acted with both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, winning two Olivier awards. Her many screen roles include the title role in Vera Drake, which won her a BAFTA and an Academy Award nomination, and Professor Umbridge in two Harry Potter films.

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