Julia thought this would make the basis for a good picture book story, but couldn't think of anything to rhyme with 'tiger' – so she created her own monster whose. The Gruffalo book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This is a rhyming story of a mouse and a monster. Little mouse goes. The Gruffalo is a children's book by writer and playwright Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, that tells the story of a mouse, the protagonist of the book.
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This wonderful story has been transcribed so my students can read it aloud THE GRUFFALO By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Chapter. The Gruffalo Book and Toy Gift Set. The box set includes a mini gift hardback of the full classic story along with a cuddly Gruffalo toy, complete with purple. The Gruffalo. "A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good." But the fox is the least of the quick-witted.
Why is The Gruffalo best selling children's book? Created Jun We have 3 Gruffalo books at home. In 3 languages of course! By reading The Gruffalo in 3 different languages we encourage early language learning in our children. I must admit that I personally love the most the Slovenian version of the book, simply because the masterpiece translation by Milan Dekleva, who managed to preserve the rhythm and rhymes of The Gruffalo and added a tip of magic in the spirit of Slovene language.
Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. The Gruffalo Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson ,. Axel Scheffler Illustrator. This is 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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Pam Miller Don't cower to fear, but be brave and face your enemy, who may also has a weakness and not be nearly as smart. Or, the adult version: See all 5 questions about The Gruffalo….
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 27, Patrick rated it it was amazing Shelves: My boy brought this to me a couple days ago, asking if I'd read it to him.
I did, and it's quickly become a new favorite. It's not terribly complex, or long, or ethically enriching. But then again, not all books need to be.
What this book does have is a marvelously tight and deceptively effortless rhyme and meter. I say "deceptively" here because I know that sort of thing doesn't come easily.
Despite the fact that the book is wonderful fun to read, I know the author sweat blood making the language My boy brought this to me a couple days ago, asking if I'd read it to him. Despite the fact that the book is wonderful fun to read, I know the author sweat blood making the language work out right.
Good book. Fun to read out loud. Holds up under multiple readings. Absolutely worth your time. View all 19 comments. Jan 21, Sean Barrs the Bookdragon rated it liked it Shelves: Brains beat brawns every time.
The Gruffalo teaches children to be patient and understanding. Whilst not necessarily advocating the cunning manipulation that the mouse utilises, it does suggest that there is more to people than their outward appearance. Judge only on actions not how one appears.
View 1 comment. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good. Come and have lunch in my underground house. But our perky, brave little mouse is very quick-thinking: The mouse however, calmly carries on on his way.
In time he meets several other dangerous animals; a fox, an owl, and a snake. Each one whom he meets, clearly intends to eat the mouse, and invites him back to their home, ostensibly for a meal. But every time, the mouse claims he is expected by the fierce gruffalo to his house for a meal instead. We might also have felt as apprehensive and scared as the animals who want to eat the mouse. My little friend was giggling as much as I was, because: There he was!
As large as life and twice as ugly: Oh no! He seems to be half a grizzly bear and half a buffalo. And when he spots the mouse: The gruffalo is very doubtful of this, but humours the mouse, and accompanies him through the forest. Then the two of them once again encounter all the animals the mouse had met before. Then, in the final double spread: The mouse found a nut and the nut was good. Julia Donaldson seems to understand children completely, from the inside.
She says that this story was inspired by a Chinese tale about a clever girl who tricks a hungry tiger into believing she is the Queen of the Jungle and scares him away.
Julia Donaldson knew that this would make a great picture book for children between about three and seven years of age, but she wanted to do it in rhyme. We know what is coming, but each time there is a little thrill of surprise to make us laugh. The book is about words long, and much of its charm also lies in the illustrations by Axel Scheffler. He also wondered about making the animals wear clothes, but in the end decided against it.
My little Turkish neighbour, aged just four, and I both giggled and one of us squealed a bit at this delightful picture book. After all, how terrifying might that one be? View all 11 comments. Dec 15, Fran rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love, love, love this book. I'm a fan of stories where a little mousy guy gets its way against the most terrible odds, and this one it's just perfect in that and many other ways.
The little mouse, our protagonist, is smart and full of grit but he's also lucky and sweet and it's so cool to see him getting out of a bad situation just to run into a worst one to then manage to get out of that as well. The illustrations are lovely, the rhymes are funny, the story it's interesting--as shown by my niec I love, love, love this book. The illustrations are lovely, the rhymes are funny, the story it's interesting--as shown by my niece's little yelps of excitement each time a new nemesis appears--so I can't recommend this book enough.
Read it with your children before bed, read it to yourself after a long day View 2 comments. Foxes are supposed to be cunning, but it is the mouse who is cunning and manipulative. He or She manipulated all the predators fears against them to stay safe. That's pretty smart. I guess that's how you survive. I love that even the Gruffalo had fears. I guess being a mouse, the mouse has had to learn to live with fear.
It's an amazing story about bravery and finding the weakness of scary looking, bigger obstacles in life. Find that fear and use it against you. Does the mouse offer a seminar? I Foxes are supposed to be cunning, but it is the mouse who is cunning and manipulative. I need to learn a thing or two from it. The kids enjoyed this. The nephew loved the gruffalo and the niece did too for different reasons.
They both gave it 4 stars. Oct 10, James rated it really liked it. Another delightful rhyming story from the pen of Julia Donaldson with brilliant accompanying illustrations by Axel Scheffler. Donaldson and Scheffler are a formidable team although not quite rivalling that of Dahl and Blake and this is undoubtedly one of their classics. The Gruffalo is a great character and creation loved by adults and children alike. Although well adapted for television and stage versions - nothing can compare to the original story and illustrations.
Mar 09, Mischenko rated it really liked it.
The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson is a cute rhyming story about a mouse and a gruffalo. We loved the combination of the sly little mouse and gullible gruffalo. I'm the scariest creature in this deep dark wood. Just walk behind me and soon you'll see, everyone is afraid of me. Overall, its a charming little story children will en The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson is a cute rhyming story about a mouse and a gruffalo.
Overall, its a charming little story children will enjoy. This book tells the tale of a scary Gruffalo, is he real, is he pretend, nobody knows. A sly little mouse describes him so true, other animals listen intently, their ears fixed like glue. Through the deep dark woods does little mouse go, announcing his meeting with the fierce gruffalo.
His aim is to put off predators leering in the woods, who all want to eat little mouse, they surely would. A fox comes along, thinking of his meal for the day, little mouse is quick to react, as he starts to say, "Those This book tells the tale of a scary Gruffalo, is he real, is he pretend, nobody knows.
A fox comes along, thinking of his meal for the day, little mouse is quick to react, as he starts to say, "Those terrible tusks, and terrible toes, with terrible teeth in his terrible jaws.
He has knobbly knees and turn out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose. His eyes are orange, his tongue is black, he has purple prickles all over his back! Through the woods little mouse continues to go, unaware that round the corner stands the big Grufallo!
Little mouse continues his tricks and uses the beast, to scare off the animals who wanted him for their feast. Little mouse sat alone, amazed at his luck, as he nibbles into a brown, delicious sweet nut. Apr 28, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: I've heard of this book, and my kids have seen the cartoon on Netflix, yet we hadn't read the book until recently, when my sister gave it to my youngest. We love Donaldson's Room on the Broom, and this is more of the same.
Tight, elegant rhymes, a fun story, and great pictures. Now we need The Gruffalo's Child!
Dec 24, Emma rated it it was amazing. Have just bought this and all the toys to go with it for my little nephew. Hope he's going to like it as much as I did! View all 6 comments. Apr 12, Sophia Triad rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a totally awesome book. My children read it at school and they really loved it. And of course we bought the book and we saw the movie. And then we read the book again again and again: The intelligent sourceful little mouse manipulated the bigger animals who wanted to eat him.
Share the story Read aloud Before reading the story talk about the cover illustration and then look closely at the first double page with the illustration of the wood. What can children see? Have they been anywhere like this?
Tell the story Using the pictures in the book or puppets encourage children to tell the story of the Gruffalo.
You may find they start to use phrases from the story as they tell it. Things to make and do Make finger puppets Make finger puppets for the animal characters in the story, either using the templates on the Gruffalo website or by making simpler puppets out of felt or paper stuck or sewn together and decorated with felt pens, wool.
Use the puppets to tell the story together. Make a mask Make a gruffalo mask. Or you could make a simpler mask using a paper plate and a stick, using crayons and coloured paper to add detail. Children can wear the mask to be scary with their terrible teeth, tusks and claws.