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Gruffalo [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Julia Donaldson , Axel Scheffler , Alex Scheffler
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Book Description

Sept. 27 2002

A rhyming story of a mouse and a monster. Little mouse goes for a walk in a dangerous forest. To scare off his enemies he invents tales of a fantastical creature called the Gruffalo. So, imagine his surprise when he meets the real 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.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic! May 20 2014
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We bought this as a grift for our friends' children because we enjoyed it so much ourselves. A must for any family library!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gruffalo sound book March 13 2014
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This interactive book was a hit with our young friend and it was very much enjoyed by him and his parents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! Feb. 14 2014
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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. Very much Dr.Seuss like. My youngest is 6 and can read it himself, but my 10 year old loves to read it too! Highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great Feb. 8 2014
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Everyone in the world should have this book. It is so well written and the kids just shiver with delight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast shipping and a great book Dec 18 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My 19 month old says, "I LOVE this book!" Oct. 11 2013
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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. I read it to my daughter (19 months at the time) and she fell in love with it. She carried it around, flipping through the pages with excitement and "reading" it to us over and over. I explained that the book wasn't for keeping and that we would have to share it with someone else soon. She held it to her heart and shouted, "I LOVE this book!" with deep sincerity. Sooooo, I tracked one down online and bought it through Amazon. It's been months since we first found the book and she still loves it. She still "reads" it daily and gives it a kiss before putting it aside.

As a parent, I think this is a great book. I love the art style and actually got a sense of nostalgia as some of the forest images brought back childhood memories of time spent in the Northern woods where I grew up. Also, it was a joy to find that the writing flows beautifully. Some rhyming books seem forced in places and you know the author struggled. This book has a natural flow and rhythm that is a delight to read aloud over and over and over ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story June 27 2013
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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
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