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The Gruffalo [Board book]

By Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illustrated by)

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Format: Board Book, 26 pages, Reprints Edition
Other Information: 26 colour illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 04 September 2009
Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when the quick-thinking mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake and a hungry gruffalo ...This sturdy board book edition of the bestselling modern classic is perfect for even the youngest child.

About the Author

Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's best-loved children's books, and was the 2011-2013 Children's Laureate. Her picture books include the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.Julia also writes fiction, including the PRINCESS MIRROR-BELLE series illustrated by Lydia Monks, as well as poems, plays and songs -- and her brilliant live shows are always in demand. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between West Sussex and Edinburgh. Axel Scheffler is a star illustrator in the world of children's books, and has created many bestsellers including the award-winning THE GRUFFALO and its irresistible sequel THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD. Born in Hamburg, Axel now lives in London.

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A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.

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PreS-Gr 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 Cahners Business Information.

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

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 thingsÄ"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. (June) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

EAN: 9780230747937
ISBN: 0230747930
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Dimensions: 18.5 x 14.7 x 1.7 centimetres (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 2-4 years
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5 of 5 Stars! '

My two year old loves this book. We've only had the book for a week and he's wanted to read it so many times he's already memorized most of the words! There is also a short animated DVD of this story which is beautifully made.

 

5 of 5 Stars! '

Great book and great to have as a board book because it will be read many, many times and the board books can handle the distance better when being loved by a toddler.

 

5 of 5 Stars! '

This books is fabulous. The story line is so cute with a mouse going through the deep dark woods and the various animals wanting to eat him. The mouse is very clever and avoids being eaten only to meet up with his imaginary scary creature! All our kids love this book and have almost memorised it! We love that the story rhymes.

 

5 of 5 Stars! '

My husband bought this book for our daughter when she was just over 1 year old. I had thought that she was too young for it, but interestingly she loves it and often asks for it. It's a very clever story (that she won't appreciate for a while) which makes it interesting for adults to read too.

 
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