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The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo (1999)

by Julia Donaldson (Author), Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)

Series: Gruffalo (1)

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I loved both the language and the illustrations of this book. The author uses rhyming to create a consistent tone throughout the book. "It's frightfully nice of you, Owl, but no--I'm going to have tea with a gruffalo." The images in the book allow the reader to gain a better sense of what the characters look like. When the mouse describes what the gruffalo looks like, the images allow you to see parts of the character and use your imagination to piece them together before seeing the whole gruffalo. The message of this story is to show children how they can use their wit to help them out in tough situations. ( )
  estree1 | Feb 26, 2015 |
A funny, rhythmic tale about a little mouse who becomes the scariest creature in the forest. through pretending to know the Gruffalo (a fake animal). Little does the mouse know that the "Gruffalo" is real! This story may be an excellent tool to use when talking about the animal kingdom or when practicing rhyme. This book falls under fantasy genre. ( )
  Ebarclift13 | Jan 20, 2015 |
My friend used this book in a teacher's strategy presentation and the class had to draw pictures of what they thought happened in the book including what they thought the Gruffalo looked like. What a hoot! ( )
  kimtk | Oct 18, 2014 |
This is a story of a monster and a mouse. The mouse goes for a walk in a dangerous forest and comes up with fantastical tale of the Gruffalo to scare off his enemies. To his surprise, there is an actual Gruffalo.

Personal Reaction:
This book reminded me of children that love to make stuff up. It is good to have an imaginary however, sometimes it can get you into trouble. Sometimes, what ever you made up could be real somewhere you might encounter in the future.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Ask the students if they have ever made a fictional character up.
2. Give the students paper to draw their very own fictional character.
  kwander | Sep 17, 2014 |
A mouse is visited by many predators and makes up the Gruffalo so they go away. The Gruffalo ends up being real and wants to eat the mouse so the mouse tell him that he is the scariest animal around. The Gruffalo joins the mouse on the walk and they visit all the predators that wanted to eat the mouse, they see the Gruffalo and are frightened.
  ashleyann65 | Jul 1, 2014 |
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A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood.
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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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