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The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo

Board book

By (author) Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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  • Publisher: Campbell Books Ltd
  • Format: Board book | 26 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 185mm x 18mm | 265g
  • Publication date: 12 April 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 033396568X
  • ISBN 13: 9780333965689
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, (some colour )
  • Sales rank: 19,074

Product description

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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Author information

Julia Donaldson teaches English and lives in Glasgow. Over the last two decades she has had many books published and her work has been performed on programmes such as PLAYSCHOOL and PLAYDAYS. She has written for BBC radio, the stage and record, and runs drama and music workshops for children. Axel Scheffler has had books published in over a dozen countries and is famous for his depiction of animals. He has illustrated several picture and board books for Macmillan, including TALES FROM ACORN WOOD, THE BEDTIME BEAR. Born in Hamburg, he now lives in London.

Editorial reviews

This is a marvellous, entertaining story which brilliantly demonstrates how humour and metaphor can be so effective in communicating important messages. During a walk through the dark woods a little mouse frightens off various predators by pretending to be on the way to meet a gruffalo. This fearsome beast has awesome features - terrible tusks and teeth, orange eyes, purple prickles, warts and knobbly knees - and its favourite food is, variously, roasted fox, owl ice cream or scrambled snake. Of course, it exists only in the mouse's imagination - or does it? In a neat twist, when the mouse actually meets a gruffalo (whose favourite food is really mouse sandwiches), it cleverly uses the other predators to convince the creature that a mouse is pretty scary, and its favourite food is...gruffalo crumble. Result: one fleeing gruffalo; one contented mouse safe to walk in the woods. A brilliant, funny book, written in flowing rhyme and imaginatively illustrated, well-deserving of its 1999 Smarties Gold Award. (Kirkus UK)