Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler brighten lockdown with more new coronavirus pictures

Published on: 26 January 2021 Author: Catriona Wightman

From vaccines to Zoom fatigue, the iconic duo have created more brilliant images showing their characters responding to the coronavirus pandemic...

The Flying Doctors giving vaccines to a unicorn, lion and mermaid

We might be back in lockdown, but Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up to bring us more wonderful pictures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The duo previously collaborated to produce images of their beloved characters dealing with social distancing, toilet roll shortages and social distancing.

Now, nine months later and with the country back in lockdown, they've brought us even more brilliant pictures - though this time, their characters might be starting to feel a little fed up.

The witch from Room on the Broom at her laptop with the words: 'Iggety, ziggety, zaggety, ZOOM - I wish there was somebody real in my room'

Grandfather Smed and Grandmother Smoo have had to cancel their trip to Planet Klaboo, the witch from Room on the Broom is suffering from Zoom fatigue, and the characters from A Squash and a Squeeze want to know: 'When will it be over, this viral disease?'

But there are lots of positive signs, too - Tabby McTat is carefully paw-washing, Tiddler is enjoying online lessons with Miss Skate, and the Flying Doctors from Zog are here to give a unicorn, lion and mermaid the vaccine.

The pictures are a great, funny way to help young children understand these strange times and start conversations about what's going on - and adults will enjoy how witty they are, too!

Take a look at all the images in our gallery below:

Enjoy Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's new coronavirus pictures

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The owl and the mouse from the Gruffalo with the words: 'Where are you going to, little brown mouse? Come and have tea in my treetop house.' 'But I don't want a fine and your tree might be outside of my exercise boundary.'
The mouse and the snake from The Gruffalo with the words: 'Where are you going to, little brown mouse? Come for a feast in our logpile house.' 'I wish I could visit your house of sticks. But sadly, two households may not mix.'
Monkeys from Monkey Puzzle with the words: 'Finding your mum was a whole lot of trouble. How can you be bored with your family bubble?'
The witch from Room on the Broom at her laptop with the words: 'Iggety, ziggety, zaggety, ZOOM - I wish there was somebody real in my room.'
Characters from A Squash and a Squeeze with the words: 'Wise old man, won't you tell me please, when will it be over, this viral disease?'
Characters from Zog and the Flying Doctors with vaccines and the words: 'Here come the Flying Doctors - joy and jubilation! The mermaid, lion and unicorn will get the vaccination.'
Characters from The Smeds and the Smoos sitting by a grounded rocket ship with the words: 'Grandfather Smed and Grandmother Smoo have cancelled their visit to Planet Klaboo.'
Tabby McTat washing at the sink with the words: 'This time I'm not merely licking my paws - I wash them with soap, to follow the laws.'
Tiddler on a laptop with the words: 'Tiddler's school's not open, so Tiddler can't be late. But he still learns all his lessons, sent over by Miss Skate.'
The owl and the mouse from the Gruffalo with the words: 'Where are you going to, little brown mouse? Come and have tea in my treetop house.' 'But I don't want a fine and your tree might be outside of my exercise boundary.'

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The mouse and the snake from The Gruffalo with the words: 'Where are you going to, little brown mouse? Come for a feast in our logpile house.' 'I wish I could visit your house of sticks. But sadly, two households may not mix.'

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Monkeys from Monkey Puzzle with the words: 'Finding your mum was a whole lot of trouble. How can you be bored with your family bubble?'

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The witch from Room on the Broom at her laptop with the words: 'Iggety, ziggety, zaggety, ZOOM - I wish there was somebody real in my room.'

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Characters from A Squash and a Squeeze with the words: 'Wise old man, won't you tell me please, when will it be over, this viral disease?'

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Characters from Zog and the Flying Doctors with vaccines and the words: 'Here come the Flying Doctors - joy and jubilation! The mermaid, lion and unicorn will get the vaccination.'

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Characters from The Smeds and the Smoos sitting by a grounded rocket ship with the words: 'Grandfather Smed and Grandmother Smoo have cancelled their visit to Planet Klaboo.'

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Tabby McTat washing at the sink with the words: 'This time I'm not merely licking my paws - I wash them with soap, to follow the laws.'

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Tiddler on a laptop with the words: 'Tiddler's school's not open, so Tiddler can't be late. But he still learns all his lessons, sent over by Miss Skate.'

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Topics: Classics, Features


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