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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 March 23rd 1999)
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Sep 27, 2015 Patrick rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 24, 2015 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!
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,
Apr 29, 2015 Melki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tiny mouse uses his wits to avoid becoming someone's lunch and in doing so, becomes king of the deep, dark forest.
آیت معروفی
اولین بار انیمیشنش را دیدم. انیمیشن کوتاهی بود. داستان به نظرم حیرت انگیز بود. داستان را شب برای پسرم از حفظ گفتم. قدم به قدم. همانطوری که توی انیمیشن دیده بودم. پلک نمی زد. وقتی موش قصه به گروفالوی خیالی رسید داشت سکته می کرد:)
وقتی دیدم کانون ترجمهاش کرده خریدمش. پریشبها برایش خواندم و جالب اینکه هنوز برایش هیجان انگیز بود. تجربهی خنده و تعجب و کمی ترس را همزمان به بچهها دادن کار سختی است. از موج کتابها و اسباب بازیها و کارتها و چیزهای دیگری که توی وب در موردش هست معلومه که محبوب بچههاست.
Nov 22, 2014 Clouds rated it really liked it
Popular kids books are powerful vehicles of merchandise.

Take The Hungry Caterpillar (as just one example) - you can buy the book, the cardboard book, the cloth book, the colouring book, the pop-up book, the touch-and-feel book, the finger-puppet book, the audio book, the baby 'development toy', the plushy toy, the 'big apple' toy, the play floor tiles, the bedspread, the toothbrush, the body-wash, the bubble-bath, the playroom stickers, the height chart, the calendar, the garden water toy, the
Jan 10, 2012 Mehzabein rated it really liked it
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
Sep 22, 2011 Taiba Hussain rated it it was amazing
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
Nwakaego Dee
Nov 08, 2012 Nwakaego Dee rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 01, 2012 Noreen Butt rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 11, 2013 Ahmet Barut rated it it was amazing
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
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
Sep 05, 2011 Michaela rated it really liked it
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
Aug 21, 2012 Aaron Campling rated it really liked it
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
Feb 09, 2011 Hafidha rated it it was amazing
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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
Nov 06, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing
Hands down the best childrens book - I loved reading it to my son as well as the other books by her. He's getting older now so I cant read it as much :(
Amy Hoang
Sep 24, 2011 Amy Hoang rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 27, 2014 Natasha Hunt rated it it was amazing
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
Jay Sensi
Mar 08, 2014 Jay Sensi rated it liked it
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
Iram Ditta
Sep 01, 2015 Iram Ditta rated it really liked it
The Gruffalo is a story about a mouse and the giant Gruffalo. The story starts off when the mouse goes on a adventure into the 'deep dark woods'. Along the way, the mouse encounters many predators; the fox, owl and the snake, knowing very well that they are eager to make him their prey, the mouse invents tales of a creature called the Gruffalo. The smart thinking mouse one by one leers off his predators by giving vivid description of the creature; 'terrible tusks and terrible claws, with terribl ...more
Claire Watson
Sep 22, 2015 Claire Watson rated it really liked it
A new twist on the classic children’s rhyming tales. The central character, a small mouse, is taking a peaceful stroll through the woods to find himself some lunch. Along the way he meets a fox, an owl and a snake- all of whom are hungry and think the mouse would make a tasty treat. To each of them in turn the mouse describes a fictitious creature he is going to meet that he names a ‘Gruffalo’. Each description becomes further embellished with this creature’s garish and frightful characteristics ...more
Nov 23, 2015 Kurtlu rated it it was amazing
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hikaye çok eğlenceli. julia donaldson (zogi'de olduğu gibi)korku öğeleri olarak kullanılan figürlerin aslında ne kadar sevimli olabileceğini çocuklara göstermeye çalışmış. elimdeki baskısı ingilizce olmasına rağmen ne zaman hadi kitap okuyalım desem oğlum raftan bunu ve devamı olan Gruffalo's child'ı seçip getiriyor. türkçesini bulabilecekler için adı "tostoraman" baskısı tükendiği için ben bulamadım. arayana iyi şanslar
Jul 15, 2015 Siobhan rated it really liked it
Ah The Gruffalo, you were always there in my childhood when I needed you. Whilst The Gruffalo does not win first place in my childhood reads, it is certainly high up there (within my top ten, which is a hard thing to do considering the number of childhood reads out there).

Charming and loveable it is certainly a book to keep the wee ones happy.
Amy Reid
Feb 12, 2014 Amy Reid rated it really liked it
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
Zoey Nealon
Jul 04, 2016 Zoey Nealon rated it it was amazing
Such a simple but brilliantly executed story about a mouse and a monster. One that you can read again and again without getting tired of it. Time now to watch the short animated film =)

5 out of 5 stars!

EDIT: Still enjoy picking this up on a regular basis.
Sarah Robb
Jun 13, 2016 Sarah Robb rated it it was amazing
The Gruffalo (Julia Donaldson)
The Gruffalo tells the story of a mouse on his travels through a forest. On his journey, the mouse meets many dangerous animals who want to eat the mouse. He tells the animals that he is on his way to meet his friend, the Gruffalo; half grizzly bear, half buffalo. Once the animals hear this, they leave in fear. Each time the mouse says, 0
‘Silly old snake (or other animal), doesn’t he know?
There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo!’
As he walks through the forest, the mouse
Jan 13, 2016 Teresa rated it it was amazing
I saw this book when shopping at World Market the other day. I remembered my British book club friend saying that she had read this story to her daughters many, many times and I hadn't heard of it before. Apparently the author is from England. Anyway, I stood and read this in the store and was charmed. It is a story told in verse of a small mouse who scares away predators who want to eat him by describing a monster called a Gruffalo. Adorable! I racked my brain thinking...who can I buy this for? ...more
Dec 17, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
No matter how small you are, with a little bit of smarts, you can stand up to fierce creatures
Deborah Malaponti
Aug 04, 2011 Deborah Malaponti rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 26, 2012 Tasha rated it it was amazing
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
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