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Gruffalo [Paperback]

Julia Donaldson , Scheffler Axel
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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Book Description

March 1 2006
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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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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Delightful 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book for reading aloud! Sept. 11 2003
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for confidence-building Feb. 20 2000
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun kids' book April 26 2002
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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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We got books instead of the usual souvenirs on our trip to London. The Gruffalo was the biggest hit of the bunch. It reads effortlessly and our kids adore it! They already know all the words by heart and have taken to making up different tunes to go with the "lyrics." The illustrations give the storyline a sweet but not sacharine feel. Axel Sheffler is now our favorite illustrator. Check out his other books -- Juice the Pig. written by Martine Oborne You're a Hero, Daley B. written by Jon Blake Monkey Puzzle. written by Julia Donaldson -- if you love the Gruffalo, these are must-haves as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gruffalo? Didn't you know......? April 3 2008
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST childrens books out there May 5 2003
By A Customer
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 months ago by Dr. Marek Gawel
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
We bought this as a grift for our friends' children because we enjoyed it so much ourselves. A must for any family library!
Published 5 months ago by wterrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Gruffalo sound book
This interactive book was a hit with our young friend and it was very much enjoyed by him and his parents.
Published 7 months ago by Dennis Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
My whole family LOVES this book! It actually made me giggle while I read it, it is just so cute! Every book by this author has a lesson and is written in a rhyme-like way. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jennifer L Trew
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Everyone in the world should have this book. It is so well written and the kids just shiver with delight.
Published 8 months ago by Thea
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast shipping and a great book
This is a great book for kids. A short animation has been made based on this book that can be purchased separately and together would make a great gift.
Published 10 months ago by Farnoush
5.0 out of 5 stars My 19 month old says, "I LOVE this book!"
We came across this book in a park. It had been left by someone as a "Travelling Book", so we took it home to check it out. Read more
Published 12 months ago by I Am Rosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I had read this book before so I knew the story. I wanted a personal copy because it will be useful for several purposes in my classroom.
Published 14 months ago by Neva Beaupre
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Read this story to my grade ones and did n activity with them. They loved it and was able to visualize how the gruffalo looked without seeing the pictures
Published 16 months ago by Lisamarie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is one of my favorite books to read to
children. Even as an adult, it's an enjoyable read:) With catchy rhymes, neat repetition, a whimsical creature, and a clever mouse,... Read more
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