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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.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by MacMillan Children's Books (first published December 1st 1998)
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Zaynab Modaykhan
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...more
Mehzabein
Julia Donaldson does an excellent job on writing this creative story book. The first time I read the story, I initially felt it was a very long read for children as I thought it was long myself and repetitive but upon reading it a second, third time, I realised I had not fully appreciated how good the storybook was. Complete with rhyme and repitition it captured my attention and the children to whom I was reading to. The use of animals was a good idea as children were able to point out different...more
Taiba Hussain
I first came across the Gruffalo when BBC3 pretty much kept it on replay. I then decided to buy the book for my niece and found that its far far better in comparison to the film version. What enhanced the qualities of the book even more was the fact that it had sounds! This meant that my niece could not only listen to me read, but join in by associating the correct sound with the right animal.
The book is very bright with lovely illustrations thus making it even more appealing (even without havi...more
Nwakaego Dee
This book is about a mouse who took a stroll into the woods, along his way he scares a fox, an owl and a snake by telling them the story of the gruffalo who eats them for dinner. The mouse then runs into the gruffalo and he is hungry for mice. The mouse advised the gruffalo that everyone is afraid of him and that the gruffalo should be scared. To prove himself he advised the gruffalo to follow him behind, as they walk through the woods they come across the fox, the owl and the snake who run away...more
Noreen Butt
This is classic children’s book. A very clever mouse takes a stroll through the deep dark woods and encounters a series of animals, from a fox, to an owl to a snake, who all want to eat him. He frightens them by telling them that he’s on his way to meet a Gruffalo that has terrible tusks, terrible claws, terrible claws and terrible jaws. They all get scared and run away. Then all of a sudden, when the mouse is strolling in the woods, he comes face to face with the Gruffalo and he also wants to e...more
Ahmet Barut
The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo is about a cheeky and confident little mouse who defends himself from an array of predators, whilst walking through ‘a deep dark wood’. He defends himself through words rather than violence. He does this by outsmarting the naïve predators by claiming that he is about to meet a ‘Gruffalo’, a mythical beast. The mouse frightens the predators by giving them vivid descriptions of the beast - ironically, the mouse does meet the 'Gruffalo', and outwits him...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
In the big dark woods, a mouse is going for a walk when he meets a fox that, thinking the mouse looks like a good meal, tries to lure him back to his den. The mouse is an intelligent little thing, and explains to the fox that he can't come because he's having lunch with a gruffalo. The fox has never heard of a gruffalo before, so the mouse starts to describe a terrible monster who likes to eat roasted fox. The fox, terrified, runs away. The mouse is molested by an owl next, and then a snake, and...more
Michaela
The Gruffalo is a classic children’s read with a beautifully written story and wonderful illustrations about a little mouse who takes a journey into the woods. On his way he encounters a fox, an owl and a snake who all want to eat the little mouse, until he tells them he is expecting a visit from the Gruffalo! “He has terrible tusks and terrible claws and terrible teeth and terrible jaws”. The little mouse ends up finding the Gruffalo and manages to convince the giant that all the animals are af...more
Aaron Campling
I really enjoyed reading this beautifully illustrated story, in which a small mouse escapes the clutches of woodland creatures Fox, Owl and Snake by outsmarting them his imagination and creativity (a classic case of how brain can overcome brawn).
Mouse creates the story of a hideous and fierce 'Gruffalo' unawares to him that such creature actually exists, ‘Silly old snake doesn't he know there is no such thing as a Gruffalo'. On encountering the hideous creature himself, Mouse successfully convin...more
Hafidha
I wish I had a dollar for every time I've read this book because my 2 year old cannot get enough of it. It was a gift for her 2nd birthday and hardly a day has gone by since that we've not read it to her. It's a bit long so initially Kidlet would flip through the pages before I could finish reading it, but after four months, she sits through it and waits for her favorite parts. She even learned the cadence of the words, so when she asks for it we recognize more the rhythm than the actual words s...more
Amy Hoang
The Gruffalo is another thoroughly enjoyable book by Donaldson and Scheffler, with wonderful illustrations. There is good a use of rhymes, descriptive vocabulary and repetition throughout the story which gives it a nice flow and makes you want to read on. The Gruffalo is a humorous story to read out loud during story time. It could be used in Reception and Year 1 Art sessions with English and Literacy where the children can create their own monsters and write a description for each body part, ju...more
Natasha Hunt
The Gruffalo encourages children to use their imaginations throughout the whole book, keeping them engaged and anticipating the next page. The reader is first introduced to a mouse who is wandering through the woods. On his travels, the mouse encounters numerous other animals who, alas!, want the mouse for their tea! However, the mouse outsmarts them all by inventing a terrifying monster, named the Gruffalo, who would like to have them for his tea!

The mouse is rather amused that he has managed t...more
Jay Sensi
Donaldson has done a great job in creating a piece of text which has stood the test of time. I remember being in a classroom and listening to my class teacher read this story and being hooked to every word.

It is a story about a wily mouse that strolls through the woods and speaks of a Gruffolo. The mouse’s intent to scare the animals that listen to the tale, the owl, fox and snake are all shaken by the description of this unknown creature. Eventually the mouse runs into the Gruffolo and he seem...more
Amy Reid
The story follows a mouse on a trek through the woods where he meets various intimidating animals who he manages to scare away by telling them about the scary Gruffalo. The book has great illustrations with engaging rhyming and repetition throughout.

Predominately it can be used for 3-7 age range although can be enjoyed by all, although I used the it in my SEN class with pupils aged 10-11. As there is a lot of repetition and rhyming pupils can really interact with the story by pressing switches...more
Deborah Malaponti
This is a very enjoyable book to read,great for both children and parents. The book tells the story of a mouse's walk in the woods. On his way the mouse comes across 3 dangerous animals (a fox, an owl, and a snake). Each of these animals, clearly intent on eating the mouse, by inviting him back to their home. The crafty mouse declines each offer. He tells each animal that he has plans to eat with his friend, a gruffalo, whose favourite food happens to be the relevant animal, and describes the fe...more
Tasha
Children love this story, esp if you change your voice for different charactors. This was used in the nursery to use repetative words, the children end up saying the last few words with you, this also encourage's the children to keep even more engaged. Brilliant story would read upto age of around 7 or 8. children always like a good fun story until then !!!

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Children love this story, esp if you change your voice for different charactors. This was used in the nurser...more
Tuyet Truong
I came across this book for the first time when my friend’s 4 year old son told me that he wanted to read his favourite story to me. I enjoyed it so much that I went out and bought my own copy!

This book tells the story of a little mouse’s encounters as he takes a walk through the deep, dark wood. Unfortunately for the mouse, the other woodland creatures see him as tasty morsel and pretend to invite him to their homes for a meal. The brave mouse, however, does not seem the least bit alarmed at th...more
Lisa Smith
I found this an excellent read and a book that I believe would be valuable for any child especially those between the ages of 4 - 8. Enchanting story about a cute little mouse who manages to trick the animals in the forest who want to eat him by telling them of an "imaginary" monster - the Gruffalo. They're truly terrified and leave him alone. Imagine the mouse's surprise when he comes face to face with the terrifying Gruffalo himself who also wants to eat the little mouse. Again, the cute littl...more
Sam
The Gruffalo is an early learners book written by Julia Donaldson. The book is about a mouse that walks through the forest. On its walk, the mouse bumps into different types of animals that eat mice. The mouse scares them away by telling them he will meet a gruffalo. Towards the end of its journey, the mouse is shocked when it actually meets a gruffalo. The gruffalo wants to eat the mouse, but the mouse convinces the gruffalo that it is the scariest animal in the woods. As a result, the gruffalo...more
Helena Harper
Brain over brawn

An acquaintance with young children lent me this book, when he knew I was interested in writing children's stories myself. He said his children loved the book and, once I'd read it, I could see why. It's a beautifully illustrated tale, demonstrating how brain can overcome brawn, as a small mouse escapes the clutches of various, dangerous woodland animals by threatening them with a huge, hideous and apparently imaginary creature called the Gruffalo, only to then be met by the huge...more
Mary
Aug 28, 2012 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars
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The Gruffalo is a very enjoyable and cleverly written book by Julia Donaldson. A child’s imagination and enthusiasm are heightened throughout this book as they are gripped by rhyme, repetition and vivid imagery. There is also an aspect of suspense throughout the story. The children learn the names of different animals which may be found in a forest and also the names of their different habitats.

We follow a very clever and witty mouse walk through a forest. The mouse is greeted by different preda...more
Stephanie
This is a rhyming story about a large monster, known to the reader as the Gruffalo. This creature is invented by a very clever little mouse who is walking through the forest. He invented the Gruffalo because on his journey, through the forest, he comes across many predators who want to eat him. By creating this creature and telling his predators he is meeting the Gruffalo for lunch, he frightens them away.
But then the mouse himself sees a real Gruffalo. Using all of his quick thinking, has to tr...more
Elma Branigan
“The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson is a bright, colourful cheerful book that captures the presence of wild animals both big and small in the middle of a woodland area.

The story involves a fox, an owl, a snake and its two main characters a mouse and “the gruffalo”. In turn, the mouse bumps into each of these characters and one by one he is ironically scares each of them away, who all have come for a taste of him. He quickly comes up with what he believes is an imaginary, make believe animal, “a gr...more
Anna Scott
This book, by Julia Donaldson, is a wonderful book with a very intriguing storyline. The book tells the story of a little mouse as he takes a journey through a forest, alone. Along the way he is met with danger in the form of a snake, an owl and a fox. To avoid being eaten by these animals, the mouse invents the idea of a fierce animal that he calls a 'gruffalo'. Upon telling these predators that he is a friend of this 'gruffalo', the mouse is able to travel safely through the woods, only to be...more
Nicole
The Gruffalo is a brilliant story from Julia Donaldson with great illustrations throughout.

This is a story about a clever mouse who is trying to make his way through the woods to find something to eat. However on his way he encounters other animals who want to have him for their dinner, so the mouse decides to tell them that he has a friend who is a Gruffalo so that the other animals will leave him alone.

First of all the mouse meets a fox who tries to get the mouse to follow him to his "undergro...more
Grace Abwooli
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson is a fantastic award-winning children’s book. After reading this book to a year 1 class, I recommend it to all early years teachers and parents. The school library or the bookshelf at home isn’t quite complete without this book. It has recently become one of my personal favorites.

The book tells the story of a brave mouse who decides to take a stroll through the deep dark woods. On the course of his walk, he comes across different animals such as a Fox, an Owl and...more
Charlotte Needham
The Gruffalo is about a mouse that firstly meets different animals in the woods that are prepared to eat him, such as: The fox, the owl and the snake. Each of these animals then ask the mouse to come inside and eat with them, although the mouse realises that this is an invitation for them to eat him he then decides to tell each animal that he has to decline the invitation as he plans to eat with his friend the gruffalo. The mouse then adds to the description of the gruffalo by stating that he is...more
Miayruffah
A little, mischievous mouse, strolls around the deep, dark woods and encounters many animals, a fox, an owl, a silly snake and more. They all offer to meet him for tea, but the mouse refuses. He tells them that he has been made a better offer, that is, a feast with the giant Gruffalo. The mouse creates an imaginary, Gruffalo, one which has “terrible tusks and terrible claws”, enough for the other animals to visualise an ugly monster, lose their appetite and frightfully disappear, leaving the mou...more
Oluwatobi Majekodunmi
This was a fantastic book cover, this generated a wide range of discussion with the children i taught last week. great illustrations are important in any children's book, but this book's ilustration was very vivid and clear. which also helped and is fantastic during guided reading.


The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler quickly became a rhyming success at quiet time and nap time with the children with lots of illustrations, a snappy rhythm; written in Iambic Pentameter...more
Fatimah
The Gruffalo is a children story typically for ages 3-7 initially published in 1999, its success has lead to west end productions and Broadway as well as winning multiple awards.the story is about a cunning little mouse's walk in the woods. During he's walk he encounters different animals who invite him back to their home only so they can eat mouse. The cunning mouse tells the animals he plans to dine with he's friend the Gruffalo, he describes the features of Graffalo and claims that hes favou...more
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Growing up
I grew up in a tall Victorian London house with my parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle, younger sister Mary and cat Geoffrey (who was really a prince in disguise. Mary and I would argue about which of us would marry him).

Mary and I were always creating imaginary characters and mimicking real ones, and I used to write shows and choreograph ballets for us. A wind-up gramophone wafted out Cho...more
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