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The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
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The Gruffalo (1999)

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

Series: Gruffalo (1)

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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 |
Summary:
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 |
I read this to my two year old and I think I may have loved it even more than she did. Hehe.
The illustrations are just brilliant. Four thumbs up for Axel Scheffler.
Julia Donaldson has a natural flair in writing that is a joy to read. She's great with rhyming and telling an original story with interesting characters and still adding a moral and a hidden meaning that is important for children to be instilled with. I love books that not only entertain but have lessons behind them.
This amongst many of her books, do just that.
Thank you for entertaining kids and adults alike. Come on, don't lie, you know you read it alone too! :P
5 out of 5 stars. ***** ( )
  IceMaiden786 | May 31, 2014 |
Naturally, any book that rhymes is a good read to me. But what I love about this book is how clever it is. Instead of a character using lies to hurt others, the mouse in this story convinces predators that he is visiting a ferocious Gruffalo (which he says doesn't even exist). This scares the predators into running away and the mouse is left unharmed. The dialogue between multiple characters in every page makes this the perfect read aloud book for a classroom, the descriptions bring the pictures to life, and the ending provides a clever twist. This story just goes to show that being able to think on your feet can be life-saving. ( )
  ghelmus | May 13, 2014 |
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For all at Auchterhouse Primary School
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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. . . .

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:02:52 -0400)

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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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