The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo

by Julia Donaldson


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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. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142403877
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/02/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 10,499
Product dimensions: 8.38(w) x 10.56(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile: AD510L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Julia Donaldson lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

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A clever, exuberant story in rhyme with strong, color-saturated pictures to match . . . This is a sure bet. (Booklist)

A rollicking good time. (School Library Journal)

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The Gruffalo 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
One of my friends recommended this book after she read one of my four-year-old son's stories.  She thought he might like it and be able to relate to the mouse.  She was very right.  My son scares away scary monkeys and other terrifying creatures in his stories.  He certainly can relate to this mouse. I read that Julia Donaldson originally planned for the gruffalo to be a tiger, but had to create a gruffalo to fit her rhyming scheme.  I am so glad that she did.  The mystery of the gruffalo builds the suspense of this tale.  This book pays homage to Sendak's "Where The Wild Things Are", but still stands easily on its own.  The rhyme and meter are well done and the conclusion is quite satisfying. The illustrations by Axel Scheffler also pay homage to Sendak, but they, again, stand very well on their own.  All the expressions and emotions of the mouse are conveyed by the eyes, tail and arms -- everything else remains almost static.  It is a very effective technique. The gruffalo is scary, but not too scary; he does look as if he might be tricked by a clever mouse.  All in all, I'm glad my friend recommended this book.  It makes a delightful addition to my son's library. 
Smiler69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A mouse invents a scary creature called a Gruffalo to intimidate predators it comes across in the forest and avoid being eaten, only to eventually come across an actual Gruffalo. The mouse then manages to convince the beast that he's the toughest animal around! Very cute little story in rhymes. It was my first audiobook experience and I quite enjoyed it since the reading was very well done, but seeing the book and the illustrations would definitely add to the experience I'm sure.
Nhritzuk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The audio version of this story was probably one of the best that I have ever heard. Imelda Staunton changed her voice slightly but effectively to show the different voices of the different animals. Her pacing was perfect for the young children to whom this story would appeal. The sound effects (birds chirping, frogs splashing, music for the fox approaching) made me feel as though I was in the forest with the mouse. I would listen to this story over and over.
PacificBlue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Gruffalo is what started it with many British kids, including my daughter. We've now got every Julia Donaldson book going, although have our favourites.
ruthhardie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a fantastic book for toddlers
nstark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very animated, creative story, with a twist at the end.
tnelson725 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A rhyming science fiction book that starts when a mouse is confronted by a fox, who is ready to eat him. The mouse then comes up with an idea of a monster called the gruffalo and the fox runs off when the mouse tells him that a gruffalo¿s favorite treat is roasted fox. He does the same with a snake and an owl, each time making the gruffalo scarier. Eventually he runs into the made up animal and, to get out of being eating once again, tells the gruffalo to follow him and see how all the other animals are scared of him, and then the gruffalo would see that the mouse was truly the scariest. The animals run from the gruffalo and, thinking it is the mouse they are scared of, runs off.I loved this story. It was cute and charming and I loved the repetitious rhymes. The monster isn¿t too scary for young children either.Students would love to act this story out. Teachers could add more animals in the story also and make up more rhymes if need be. Students could also make a sequence of the animals presented in the story.
Evelina_AvalinahsBooks More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for kids! I loved the illustrations, and the story is so smart. Would make a great gift or a nice first book to someone who's just learning how to read.
KR1963 More than 1 year ago
I saw this book online, and I thought it was cute. I brought it for my great nephew, he loves books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is adorable. My Granddaughter (almost 3) loved it. I ordered the movie at the same time and it was well worth it. Although the movie expanded on the book, it was delightful. I highly recommend the book and movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this for my 3 year old and it's been a great find. He loves to read it together and I really enjoy as well. I would highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 2 1/2 year old son just loves this book. I read it at his school and they loved it too. 
Meg_Thompson More than 1 year ago
My children (2 & 4) love, Love, LOVE this book! AND it's an entertaining read for the adults - much better than some. Cute, witty, funny - we highly recommend this book. My daughter, almost 2 and a little speech delayed, yells out "GOOD!" each time the word pops up in the story and both kids bounce up and down SO excited when its time for the Gruffalo to finally show up. If you have a toddler who loves stories as much as mine do buy it - they will love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My children (now 7 and 4) have loved this book for years and choose it many times throughout the year for the nighttime story! I have read it to each of their classes, as well, and it is always a hit.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story has the repeatition that kids love. The book gives the mouse characteristics that are charming, smart and fun.
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shrcsy More than 1 year ago
This story is great to be read to toddlers and pre-schoolers. I have 3 grandchildren who all want it read and re-read! I highly recoommend it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would also recommend Julia Donaldson's other books: The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom, The Snail & the Whale...all FABULOUS stories! Great story lines and rhyming that helps children of all ages remember the tales!
Helena_Harper_Author More than 1 year ago
An acquaintance with young children lent me this book, when he knew I was interested in writing children's stories myself. He said his children loved the book and, once I'd read it, I could see why. It's a beautifully illustrated tale, demonstrating how brain can overcome brawn, as a small mouse escapes the clutches of various, dangerous woodland animals by threatening them with a huge, hideous and apparently imaginary creature called the Gruffalo, only to then be met by the huge, hideous creature himself (perhaps another moral here i.e. be careful what you wish for, you may get it). So he is then required to exercise his ingenuity once more to escape becoming a tasty Gruffalo dinner. The rhyming verse appealed to the poet in me and, in my opinion, makes the story an ideal one to be read out loud to young children and aquaint them with new vocabulary. I wish I had come across this book sooner, when my niece and nephew were younger, because they would have loved it!
Nutleaf More than 1 year ago
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson shows how a small creature can survive in a world full of predators. Instead of falling prey to all the animals that dine on mouse, he makes all those predators fear him. There is a great moral to this story even for young readers - that you can be strong no matter how small you are and persevere in a world full of bullies and condescending people. It is also fun and easy to read. My 6 year old son loved to read this book himself - which is normally no easy task. This is an excellent book for any age group. We loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Man, this book is fun and smart and has fabulous illustrations. My mom, son and I have a blast quoting from it. Big fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 1.5 and 2.5 year olds love this books - we've read it hundreds of times. It is a cleaver story line, where a tiny creature, potentially threatened by so much around it, instead goes fearlessly forward with confidence and cunning and outwits his way to tranquility. I am slowly collecting all the Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler books and they are all to the same high standard. Wonderful ryhmes that pre-readers can help 'fill in' when you read. Great lessons in these books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an incredible magical combination of author and artist, and what an outstanding set of books this collaboration has produced. The Gruffalo is an amazing tale that reminds me of many stories I read as a child: It has a wonderful combination of characters like The Little Red Hen, a sequence of events similar to The Old Woman and Her Pig, and the magical elements of many fairy tales. I believe Julia Donaldson is every bit as talented in creating rhyme as the great Dr. Seuss. The language has exceptional flow and makes this a fantastic read aloud book. Both children and adults will marvel at the ingenuity of our tiny hero on his journey, as well as his charm. The artwork is brilliant, and the story is superb. I recommend The Gruffalo for everyone who loves great stories and beautiful children's books. J.H. Sweet, author of The Fairy Chronicles