An illustration of a happy little girl in old fashion mandarin clothes holding a paintbrush. Ink comes out of the brush and connects to the top left where the title is in black cursive.

The Magic Paintbrush

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'I order you to paint a tree

And make it very big.

Instead of leaves, paint gold coins,

A hundred on each twig.'

When the emperor hears about Shen's magic brush, all he can think about is gold. Shen, however, is determined to only paint food for the hungry and clothes for the needy. But how can a little village girl match an emperor's mighty power?

In The Magic Paintbrush, Julia Donaldson's brilliant verse combines with beautiful illustrations from Joel Stewart to bring vibrant life to a traditional tale of how a little girl's integrity can withstand the corruption of power and greed.

This edition features a stunning redesigned cover, making it a must-have addition to the bookshelves of all Donaldson fans - big and small!


Author: Julia Donaldson

Illustrator: Joel Stewart

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781509830466