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The Gruffalo (1999)

by Julia Donaldson

Other authors: Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)

Series: Gruffalo {Julia Donaldson} (1)

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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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Trying out some children's stories on Audible. This reading was really good worked well in audio format. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
A mouse out for a walk in the woods must out-smart a monster who would like to eat him. Then he proceeds to out-smart every other animal that would like to eat him. Clever and fun. ( )
  MrsLee | Apr 11, 2021 |
This is a story of a clever mouse who protects himself by inventing an animal ... a gruffalo. Then, when he meets a real gruffalo, he has to be even more clever to avoid becoming the gruffalo's next meal.
  wichitafriendsschool | Jul 4, 2020 |
I was prepared to like this, but when reading it to my toddler I was disappointed to find that every single character given a gender (all but the mouse protagonist) was described as male -- and the mouse protagonist was described as male in the blurb on the back. Gender was entirely unnecessary, too -- in every instance switching gender would have been just fine, or using the neuter "it" (they were all animals with no apparent gender in the illustrations), or just referring to them by their animal names ("Owl", "Fox", "Snake", "Gruffalo"). [return][return]This kind of sloppy failure to invest even the tiniest bit of consideration just frustrates and angers me. No parent wants to constantly have to re-gender while they're reading just so the toddler doesn't get the idea that all animals are male, or male is the default. Not to mention the confusion that results when simultaneously teaching the kid to read .... [return][return]In summary: An amusing trickster story written in rhyme that unfortunately perpetuates sexist stereotypes more frequently found decades ago. Not recommended for either boys or girls; you can get from other sources the same kind of amusing story without having to spend hours neutralizing or explaining sexism to your little ones. ( )
  adaq | Dec 25, 2019 |
This book is about a mouse making his way through the woods. Of couse a little mouse is food to a lot big animals so the mouse tells every big animal that tries to eat him a trick. Until he finds out that the trick is actually real. Then he reverses the trick to still get through the woods and makes it back home safely and unharmed. ( )
  akirakai | Nov 26, 2019 |
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Donaldson, Juliaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scheffler, AxelIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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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