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The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood. But one wild and windy night, the Gruffalo's child ignores her father's warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't really exist - does he?
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 2004 by MacMillan Children's Books
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Sophia Triad
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
This is another great book of the series my children absolutely loved.

There is the little gruffalo this time who discovers how scary the little mouse is.
Her father warned her about the Big Bad Mouse, but she still went to the forest to see how the mouse looks like. Obviously the mouse was neither big, nor bad. But still the mouse made the Gruffalo's child think that he is dangerous. Clever Little Mouse!

Thus, the Gruffalo's child runs back to her parent for reassurance and a big hug.

A book whi
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood" :D this is amazing =))
I even love it more than the first one.
sometimes I doubt who am I reading this books for? the kids or myself LOL

Description: The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood. But one wild and windy night, the Gruffalo's child ignores her father's warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't really exist - does he?

4* The Stick Man
5* The Gruffalo
5* The Gruffalo's Child
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Megan Chard
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Gruffalo's Child is the sequal to the much loved story The Gruffalo. The Gruffalo tells his daughter of the big bad mouse, and whilst the Gruffalo is sleeping she sneaks out of the cave to find him. The story has the orginal characters, the fox, owl, snake and of course the mouse. Once again the mouse comes out on top with his fast thinking and trickery.

I actually prefer this story to the original as I feel that young children can realate to the Gruffalo's daughter. I read The Gruffalo to t
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like this one even more than the original :-)

But why?
The illustration and the rhymes are equally good between the two.

The Gruffalo's Child is self-depreciating - the other animals are teasing the child and at the end the Mouse plays a trick on her, so she runs home to have a cuddle with her Dad. This feels a bit more like reality...

The original Gruffalo is great, but it is also a bit... smug. The Mouse easily pulls the wool over all the other animals' eyes, and then does the same to the Gruffa
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a great follow up to the book The Gruffalo. The Gruffalo's Child follows the adventure of the Gruffalo's daughter as she goes in search for the Big Bad Mouse. I read this book during story time to year 1 children and they enjoyed the continuity of the characters and joined in with the repeated sentences - even those who were not previously familiar with the story. They also enjoyed getting into character for each creature. This is a great story for children as they follow the Gruffalo's ...more
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I read the Gruffalo's Child to a family member's daughter at bed time and she loves the book so much that she would be saying the story while I was reading it and want to flip back to her favourite part. It is a cautionary tale about the Gruffalo's Child who gets bored one night and wants to go and find the 'big scary mouse'. he does not believe his father's story that the mouse is the most fearsome creature in the woods (which he is not) and ends up meeting different animals along the way. The ...more
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Another great book from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. If you haven't read The Gruffalo, it's probably best to do that first. Although the story stands on its own, it's more meaningful if you know what the mouse got up to in the first one.

The Gruffalo tells his child not to go into the woods because he might run into the Big Bad Mouse. However, the Gruffalo's child is bored and sneaks out while Dad is sleeping. Along the way, he meets different animals who point him in the right direction.
Oluwatobi Majekodunmi
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Gruffalo’s Child was a great follow up from the gruffalo. The Gruffalo’s Child, as it suggests, follows the adventure of the Gruffalo’s daughter as she goes in search of the Big Bad Mouse. The child goes on a trail with the mouse to find the Big Bad Mouse, and, just like her father, the Gruffalo’s child has the wool pulled over her eyes by the small creature. Featuring the same woodland animals as in the original book, children enjoy the continuity of the characters.

The chidren from my class
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it was rhyming, some words you just wouldn’t put together, but it worked perfectly and every word made sense. The Gruffalo Dad told his daughter never to go into the woods, but she ignored. She found tracks of a snake, owl and fox until she found a little mouse brushing away some snow. Then the little mouse said “Before you eat, there’s a friend of mine that you ought to meet. If you let me hop onto a hazel twig, I’ll beckon my friend so bad and big.” Then emerged a massive sc ...more
William O
Oct 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Follow up to 'The Gruffalo' the story is about the gruffalo's child who sets off to find the mouse his father is afraid of. After meeting various animals who point the way to the mouse the gruffalo's child meets the mouse. Realising the mouse is not as big the gruffalo, the gruffalo is not scared of the mouse, so the mouse is left to come up with a cunning plan. Needless to say the mouse is very clever and the gruffalo is soon running home to its father. This is a light hearted story with excell ...more
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I cannot believe that I only read this book for the first time a couple of days ago. Having loved reading "The Gruffalo", this was a brilliant and clever sequel. The book follows the same description sequence that The Gruffalo does, but for the mouse, highlighting his "wiry whiskers" and his "scaly tail". A very entertaining read!
Kirsty Cabot
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First read to Ivy 10/10/15

Love it!
These are such fun books to read! My Lamby (5) absolutely loves the Gruffalo.
Linda McCarry
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book review: The Gruffalo's Child
By: Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

This book is a great follow up to Julia Donaldson's original book The Gruffalo, which doesn't fail to disappoint. This story is about The Gruffalo's daughter who is eager to "set foot in the deep dark wood" to find "The Big Bad Mouse". Ignoring her Father's warning, she sets out through the woods one late night when her father is sleeping, to find this "Big Bad Mouse". Her father gave her a descript
Nicolle Del
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson is a Childhood classic that has won many awards. The story, which relates to Donaldson’s book ‘The Gruffalo’, tells the story of the Gruffalo’s daughter’s mission to find the big bad mouse her dad had warned her about who lives in the dark woods. One snowy night, the little Gruffalo makes her way into the dark woods to search for the big bad mouse whilst her dad sleeps in their cave. Along the way she is greeted by three different animals a snake with a lo ...more
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Gruffalo’s Child- Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler:
The Gruffalo’s child is a sequel to the original story of The Gruffalo. The original Gruffalo tells his daughter a story about the ‘Big Bad Mouse’. Intrigued, the Gruffalo’s child decides to go and look for this ‘big bad mouse’ to see for herself, after all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist, does he? The original story of the Gruffalo begins when the mouse takes a trip through the ‘deep dark wood’ in search of a Gruffalo. This story
Raabia Khan
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Gruffalo’s Child is a fantastic rhyming storybook which is perfect for children aged 3-5, in nursery or EYFS and can be used for the teacher to read aloud in story time sessions. Since this picture book is brilliantly illustrated, it grabs the children’s attention and engages them to see what is going to happen, alongside the descriptive words.
Ignoring her father’s warning, the Gruffalo’s Child goes on a small journey through the deep dark woods, searching for the 'big bad mouse.' After hear
Claire Hart
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant follow up to Julia Donaldson's 'The Gruffalo' comes 'The Gruffalo's Child'.

Through a tale of bravery and curiosity the Gruffalo's child goes out in pursuit of the legendary 'big, bad mouse'. Following trails, marks and tracks in the snow the Gruffalo's child encounters the same creatures in the wood as her dad once did, hearing gruesome tales of how the big, bad mouse likes to enjoy eating his Gruffalo! Through her investigations, the Gruffalo's child almost ends her adventure in dis
author: Julia Donaldson
illustrator: Axel Scheffler
first published: 2004

A sweet story which beautifully complements "The Gruffalo" as we re-visit the characters from the original.

Donaldson's songs are played heavily on the website - Donaldson and her husband perform them, and lyrics can be downloaded.
The song version of "The Gruffalo's Child" can be viewed in it's entirety.

Age (taking into account comprehension, concentration, language):
Read aloud - 3+
Read yourself - 6
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
The story is about the Gruffalo's child who, despite his father's stories, sets off into the woods to discover the 'big bad mouse', which is the only thing his father is afraid of.

Throughout his journey, he encounters the snake, the owl, and the fox from The Gruffalo, each of whom tell him where she can find the big bad mouse. Eventually, believing she has been tricked, she gives up, saying that she doesn't believe in the 'big bad mouse'. When it finally appears, he realises it isn't big and bad
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this to my year 3 class at the end of the day and even at this age children are still enjoying the use of rhyme in the story. The children enjoyed joining in with the repeated sentences - even those who were not previously familiar with the story.

This story is a follow up from Julia Donaldson's previous book - The Gruffalo. The story is set around the Gruffalo's child who goes out into the woods to try and find this terrifying mouse the Gruffalo has spoken about. On the journey the Gruffa
Lucy Townsend
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story is the sequel to 'The Gruffalo' where the reader is introduced to the Gruffalo's child and the legacy of the terrifying mouse is still believed by the animals and the Gruffalo himself. This story however follows the Gruffalo's daughter, who one night decides to go on an adventure to find the mouse and see if the stories are true. The reader is introduced to the owl, the snake and the fox who were also in the previous story. The Gruffalo's daughter finds the mouse and the mouse plays a ...more
Clementine Lagarde
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
'The Gruffalo's Child' By Julia Donaldson

A fantastic sequel to the story 'The Gruffalo'. In the original Gruffalo story the Gruffalo tells his daughter a story about a ‘Big Bad Mouse’. In 'The Gruffalo's Child' she is intrigued and decides to go and look for this ‘big bad mouse’ to see for herself if it is real or not. She tiptoes out of her cave whilst her father is sleeping and into the woods where she meets many different animals along the way. When she finally comes across the mouse it fools
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
This picture book is beautifully illustrated from cover to cover with detailed images.

It's about how a Gruffalo's child is curious to find out about the mouse that his dad talk's about and goes out on a little adventure. It rhymes throughout and reminded me of another children's story very similarly done, with repetitive lines that children after two pages can start to follow along with their teacher (if being read to them) or it makes it easier for them to read it faster because it is repetitiv
Tharema Alim
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a sequel to The Gruffalo and most people say the second part can never be better then the first, but I believe this book was just as good. The Gruffalo Child is a simple trickster story filled with lovely pictures and ryhme and it grabs the readers attention throughout. I also liked the fact that all the characters remainded the same from the first part so children who read the The gruffalo was able to link it easily.

This book allows children to learn about descriptive words, verbs
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this during my alternative placement at a nursery and this was the children's favourite. The children were aged two to four and at least one child everyday, would find this out of their large book collection and ask me to read it. Children like the rhyme and repition of the story as it allows them to join in. The children that were listening closely, liked to listen to the description and guess what the Gruffalo's child had seen.

I think that it can be hard to find a book at a suitable le
Craig Sisterson
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
The first "Gruffalo" is an absolute classic, but this sequel is equally delightful, putting an interesting twist on the original tale of a clever wee mouse who outsmarts the forest animals who want to eat it, then outsmarts the terrifying Gruffalo. Here it is the Gruffalo's own child who has heard tales of the fearsome mouse, and who goes out to find this terrifying creature when bored one night. Once again the rhymes are lovely, full of rhythm and fresh twists that delight little readers listen ...more
Dave Lester
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I'm starting to really like Julia Donaldson's books. In this one, she focuses on the Gruffalo Child who wanders off from his cave in search of a "ferocious" mouse. He meets many other creatures along the way who have experiences in meeting the mouse. Almost as good as the first one and made into a very good short film as well.
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