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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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So much fun to read aloud! There's a nice rhyming rhythm.

Clever Mouse warns off potential predators (Fox, Owl, Snake) by describing the - he thinks - fictional Gruffalo. When the Gruffalo appears, Mouse thinks on his feet, telling the monster to follow along behind him and see how the other forest animals are afraid of him. Mouse's ploy works beautifully, and he is safe!

The illustrations are bright, full color, and interesting without being overly busy. In addition to the main characters, there are little background creatures like frogs, birds, and bugs who all react to the action in the story. ( )
  JennyArch | Jul 3, 2015 |
This children's picture book is a part of the fantasy genre. The gruffalo is a monster that has 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. The mouse is walking through the woods and realizes that he is good enough to eat. So when the fox, owl, and the snake come to eat him, he just explains that he is waiting for the gruffalo. However, he laughs when they get scared away because there is no such thing as a gruffalo. But just then mouse runs into a gruffalo who is ready to eat him. Mouse explains how he is the scarest animal in the woods and walks up to each of the creatures with who run away because of the gruffalo. This act makes it look as if they are all scared of the mouse. So the gruffalo runs away and is scared of the mouse as well. The mouse at the end of the day is safe and enjoys a nut.
  kbuffum13 | Apr 12, 2015 |
In my opinion this is a fun book for all ages. The language used in the story is engaging with the rhyming patterns, and allows for readers to easily follow along. The language is very descriptive and allows for readers to visualize the Gruffalo’s features before they are actually shown. For example, the story describes the appearance of the Gruffalo using descriptions such as “purple spikes all over his back”, and then on the next page, an illustration shows readers the exact description. Secondly, I enjoyed the clear, well-developed characters. For example, readers can easily deifier that the mouse is the antagonist in the story. The overall message of this story is that thinking quick on your feet can help in scary situations. ( )
  sott3 | Mar 26, 2015 |
This Smarties Book Prize gold award winner was chosen by my 5 year old from his brother's school book fair. He thoroughly enjoyed reading it to me at bedtime, and it is currently a favourite which sits on his bedside shelf, and which he keeps re-reading to himself (both silently and out loud), and to anyone who will listen.

The story, told in rhyming couplets, is about a mouse walking through the woods and avoiding being eaten by the other denizens of the woods by telling them scary stories of his imaginary friend, the gruffalo ... until he meets a real gruffalo, who would also like to eat him!

'A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood.
A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.
"Where are you going to, little brown mouse?
Come and have lunch in my underground house.
"
"It's terribly kind of you, Fox, but no -
I'm going to have lunch with a gruffalo." '


Our edition, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, has lots of pictures interspersed through the text, including lots of full page and double page illustrations. The illustrations are reasonably simple at first glance, but with lots of background information, in terms of plants and small woodland creatures.

The rhythm is catchy, and the rhymes form several repeating patterns that makes the story easy to read and - quite frankly - addictive for young readers. I have a suspicion that my son first came across the book in school, and liked it so much that he decided to get it for his own when he came across it at the book fair.

This was the first time I had read the story myself, and it's delightful. The mouse imagines all kinds of scary features for the gruffalo, and I wondered if the real gruffalo would look anything like his imagination - and whether the mouse would escape from such a scary creature.

It's funny and clever, and my five year old loves it.

Five stars.
5***** ( )
  humouress | Mar 22, 2015 |
This is a great book modern fantasy about a little mouse who is walking through the forest. Every time he is approached by a predator he tells them that he is meeting is friend the Gruffalo there and describes for them a scary monster. Each time the predator is frightened and runs away. The mouse ends up running into a Gruffalo and tells the Gruffalo that he should be scared of the mouse. To prove his point, the mouse has the Gruffalo walk behind him through the forest. As they walk through all the predators run and hide. The Gruffalo thinks the mouse is scaring away the animals, but it is really himself from the stories the mouse had told earlier. ( )
  kvelin | Mar 17, 2015 |
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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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