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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin USA; Reprint edition (March 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142403873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142403877
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.3 x 26.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The eponymous character introduced by this British team owes a large debt to Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. When Mouse meets Fox in the "deep dark wood," he invents a story about the gruffalo, described very much like Sendak's fearsome quartet of wild thingsA"He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws." The gullible fox runs away when Mouse tells him that the gruffalo's favorite food is roasted fox. "Silly old Fox!" says Mouse, "Doesn't he know?/ There's no such thing as a gruffalo!" Owl and Snake follow suit until, with a turn of the page, Mouse runs into the creature he has imagined. Quick-thinking Mouse then tells the monster, "I'm the scariest creature in this deep dark wood./ Just walk behind me and soon you'll see,/ Everyone for miles is afraid of me." Fox, Owl and Snake appear to be terrified of the tiny mouse, but readers can plainly see the real object of their fears. By story's end, the gruffalo flees, and Mouse enjoys his nut lunch in peace. Despite the derivative plot line, debut author Donaldson manipulates the repetitive language and rhymes to good advantage, supplying her story with plenty of scary-but-not-too-scary moments. Scheffler's gruffalo may seem a goofy hybrid of Max's wild things, but his cartoonlike illustrations build suspense via spot-art previews of the monster's orange eyes, black tongue and purple prickles until the monster's appearance in full. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-To save himself from being eaten by a fox, an owl, and a snake, an enterprising mouse declares that he is having lunch with a monster whose favorite food just happens to be the animal who is at that moment threatening him. With each telling, the gruffalo becomes more menacing until all of the rodent's tormentors leave him unharmed. The mouse scoffs at them, for everyone knows "There's no such thing as a gruffal...." But a turn of the page reveals-you guessed it-a gruffalo, that thinks the mouse will "...taste good on a slice of bread." Undaunted, the rodent devises a plan to frighten the monster off. Young readers will love the humor in this preposterous story of a trick that backfires and the way the protagonist talks himself out of his difficulties. Best of all, they will relish being in on the joke as they join in the reading of the delightfully repetitious rhyming text. Scheffler's cartoonlike illustrations, rendered in watercolor, colored pencils, and ink, are large and well paced. Facial expressions contrast the animals' alarm with the jaunty nonchalance of the mouse. The double-page spread that reveals the gruffalo-terrible claws, black tongue, poisonous wart, purple prickles, and all-is just scary enough to tickle but not frighten youngsters. Serve this one for a rollicking good time.
Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community-Technical College, CT
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Sweet on Dec 9 2004
Format: Board book
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
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 11 2003
Format: Paperback
This is such a great book, with excellent rhymes and rhythm to the text. It is an absolute favorite of both my husband and me to read to our 9-month-old, and we expect to be reading it with him for many, many years. (It's probably too advanced for him, but the bright, colorful pictures and the rhythm of the text keep him interested.) I'm so disappointed that it's become special order only - we wanted to get it as a gift for several nieces - it is really a great book and so much better than what you can find at a typical bookstore. (It might still be available from Amazon.co.uk if you can't get it here.)
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By A Customer on Feb. 20 2000
Format: Hardcover
My 3 year old daughter loves this book. Within a week she knew most of the words and she now 'reads' it to herself while looking at the pictures. The rhymes are well written with plenty of repetition, making them easy for a child to learn. We read it together most days. It ranks with the Dr Seuss books for popularity on her bookshelf.
The message of the book is that size doesnt matter, that it is more important to use your wits. I particularly like the chorus 'silly old fox (snake/owl), doesnt he know, there's no such thing as a gruffalo', as it makes the reader feel that they are outwitting the fox/snake/owl, and finally even the Gruffalo itself.
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By A Customer on April 26 2002
Format: Hardcover
We found this book when we were holidaying in Spain at our friend's house...and read it to all 4 of our kids (ages 8, 6, 3 and 1) every night. It's an amusing story about a mouse who tricks his way out of being eaten, over and over again. The dialogue is lovely and provides scope for lots of interesting voices. The ONLY dissapointing thing was that the book ordered in the US is actually different in places from the original UK version (which was so wonderfully British)...we just crossed those bits out and put in the origianl words. Our kids now call apple crumble "gruffalo crumble" and I can see this book becoming a family favourite.
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Format: Paperback
An adorably clever mouse tricks his sly predators with a description of the fictitious forest Gruffalo .... and then the mouse meets the Gruffalo....

My son loves this book and so do I - the rhyming sentences skip along the page and the humor will have kids smiling. After so many readings, the words flow like a favored nursery rhyme but the illustrations always add to the thrill of a little mouse being delightfully daring and duping the crowd!

A great addition to storytime. Buy it - it's fun to read and it is a great book for kids with a sense of humor.
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By A Customer on May 5 2003
Format: Hardcover
Whatever I might write about this book will hardly convey how wonderful it is. It is an ace in ALL categories, illustrations are beautiful and fun, story is lovley, clever, sweet and original, kids LOVE LOVE LOVE it; parents love it. What more can you ask. Buy it, and I am sure you will want to pass it on to all your friends' kids too so that they won't miss out. We have all Julias books and NONE disappoint.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for K and 1st graders. The story is written in rhyming fashion and is very thought provoking and it gives lots of chances to guess what happens next. It follows a path and then returns to a ending that make you smile. Kids will love it. Illustrations are well done. Very Imaginative.
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By butterlover on Sept. 12 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
I bought this book in Scotland two years ago and my grandchildren and grand nieces and nephews have absolutely loved it. They never seem to get tired of reading it and the repetition doesn't bother me. I was sold when I overheard a grandfather reading it to his grandson in the store. It is delightful.
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