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4.49  ·  Rating details ·  25,614 ratings  ·  1,456 reviews
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 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
Bionic Jean
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Bionic Jean by: Tracey
Julia Donaldson’s stories never fail to delight, and this picture book of The Gruffalo is one of the very best. First published in 1999, the scary gruffalo has become one of the world’s best-loved monsters, starring in films and shows galore, and inspiring a huge amount of merchandise. This is the original picture book which started it all, and which has itself won many awards, been translated into over fifty languages, and has been voted the UK’s favourite bedtime story.

It begins with a simple
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
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. Just because someone may appear “scary” doesn’t mean they’re a bad person, and innocent seeming things can be the worse. Judge only on actions not how one appears.
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, fantasy
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
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
Mar 09, 2017 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.

"My favorite food!" the gruffalo said.
"You'll taste good on a slice of bread!"
"Good?" said the mouse. "Don't call me good!
I'm the scariest creature in this deep dark wood.
Just walk behind me and soon you'll see,
everyone is afraid of me."

The illustrations are detailed and interesting. Overall, its a charming little story children will en
Oct 10, 2016 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.
With Julia Donaldson's 1999 picture book (and in my opinion already a classic) The Gruffalo, aside from the author's sweetly and humorously (not to mention rhythmically rollicking and yes just asking to be read aloud) poetic text and Axel Scheffler's delightful and visually stunning accompanying illustrations (which are not only wonderfully colourfully expressive and as such a perfect mirror to and for Donaldson's engaging verses, especially how Axel Scheffler has drawn the little mouse main pro ...more
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,

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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Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, own

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, 2015 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!
Sophia Triad
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
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 :-)

It is a clever story about a little mouse and a scary (not really) monster, the Gruffalo. The intelligent sourceful little mouse manipulated the bigger animals who wanted to eat him. He made them think that he is scarier than Gruffalo. Thus, he should not be eaten.

The little mouse though that Gruffalo is a
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful book for kids! I loved the illustrations, and the story is so smart. Would make a great gift or a nice first book to someone who's just learning how to read.
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ha ha ha. It was really great. this is my new favorite children’s book. :D
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star
Despite the lead character a rather scary looking monster, this is a fun bedtime read geared at younger children. The story is told through rhyme, as we meet various animals who cross paths with the giant Gruffalo.

With beautifully unique illustrations, this is a perfect gift for young readers.
Michael Finocchiaro
A wonderful tale and movie about dealing with bullies. A must for kids!
Dec 24, 2013 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
Sep 22, 2011 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
Fiona Hill
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I hadn't read this book since my childhood, loved it!

Great opportunities to look at rhyme and rhythm with children. The repetitive line of 'there's no such thing as Gruffalo' would be lovely for EAL children to join in too. You could also explore Donaldson's use of alliteration with children. Children could create more animals for the mouse to meet and their own rhymes for them. In science, children could look at the different habitats in which the animals live in.

Good morals about not having t
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Ahmet Barut
Oct 20, 2012 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
Patrick Coman
The Gruffalo is a children’s book by author Julia Donaldson. It tells the story of a mouse’s walk in the woods. On his walk the mouse encounters any dangerous animals such as a snake, a fox and an owl. Each animal he meets invites them back to their house where they clearly intend to eat him. The mouse is very cunning and he declines each animals invitation by telling them that he is going for dinner at his friend, the Gruffalo’s house. He tells each animal that they are the Gruffalo’s favourite ...more
Taiba Hussain
Sep 22, 2011 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 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
Sep 05, 2011 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 20, 2012 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 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
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
Sep 24, 2011 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
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