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The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo (1999)

by Julia Donaldson

Other authors: Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)

Series: Gruffalo (1)

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his rhythmic read-aloud par excellence follows a clever mouse on a walk through the deep dark wood, where he encounters several hungry inhabitants who want to make him their main course. Lacking size or strength as defenses, quick-witted Mouse instead taps the powers of his imagination to create the gruffalo, a "terrible creature with terrible claws, and terrible tusks in his terrible jaws." But will Mouse's frightful description be enough to ruin the appetites of his determined foes? After all, there's no such thing as a gruffalo. Oh, no??
A clever mouse uses the threat of a terrifying creature to keep from being eaten by a fox, an owl, and a snake--only to have to outwit that creature as well.
  angelad1 | Feb 19, 2014 |
Illustrations: 4/5 - Nicely drawn.
Readability: 5/5 - A good rhyme is always a winner.
Storyline: 5/5 - A simple story with a really good storytelling structure.

This is a popular book that my daughter borrowed. It is an enjoyable story to read.

I have seen the animated movie (long before I read the book) and thought it was very dark and scary. This book was much lighter and more enjoyable (for a 2yo kid) ( )
  alsocass | Oct 12, 2013 |
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson will be an instant favorite for children. The rhyming patters and playful language is a pleasure to read and engaging for kids age 2-8. The cleaver mouse is able to trick this predators by inventing the Gruffalo "A gruffalo? What's a gruffalo?"
"A gruffalo! Why, didn't you know?
He has knobbly knees, and turned-out toes,
And a poisonous wart at the end of his nose."

"Where are you meeting him?"
"Here, by this stream,
And his favourite food is owl ice cream." (Donaldson, 2006) ( )
  mmesullivan | Jul 11, 2013 |
A mouse tricks other animals not to eat him by inventing a creature called a gruffalo to scare the other animals.
  mhb008 | Apr 8, 2013 |
This book has brillant pictures. Follow the little mouse on his trip through the deep dark woods as he avoids being eating with a story of a Gruffalo, who doesn't exsit! But perhaps the gruffalo is real! When I found this book I fell in love. I would use this wiht PK-1st grades. I would include this book in a theme about the woods/forest or a unit on make believe.
  1212bec | Sep 28, 2012 |
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A mouse is taking a stroll through the deep, dark wood when along comes a hungry fox, then an owl, and then a snake. The mouse is good enough to eat but smart enough to know this, so he invents . . . the gruffalo! As Mouse explains, the gruffalo is a creature with terrible claws, and terrible tusks in its terrible jaws, and knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of its nose. But Mouse has no worry to show. After all, there’s no such thing as a gruffalo. . . .

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A clever mouse uses the threat of a terrifying creature to keep from being eaten by a fox, an owl, and a snake--only to have to outwit that creature as well.

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