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The Gruffalo [PDF / Epub] ★ The Gruffalo By Julia Donaldson – A mouse is taking a stroll through the deep dark wood when along comes a hungry fox then an owl and then a snake The mouse is good enough to eat but smart enough to know this so he invents the gruffal A mouse is taking a stroll through the deep dark wood when along comes a hungry fox then an owl and then a snake The mouse is good enough to eat but smart enough to know this so he invents The Gruffalo As Mouse explains The Gruffalo is a creature with terrible claws and terrible tusks in its terrible jaws and knobbly knees and turned out toes and a poisonous wart at the end of its nose But Mouse has no worry to show After all there’s no such thing as a gruffalo.

10 thoughts on “The Gruffalo

  1. Patrick Patrick says:

    My boy brought this to me a couple days ago asking if I'd read it to himI did and it's uickly become a new favoriteIt'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 work out rightGood book Fun to read out loud Holds up under multiple readings Absolutely worth your time

  2. Bionic Jean Bionic Jean says:

    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 storyIt begins with a simple idea of a little brown mouse taking a walk in a “deep dark wood” We see a lovely illustration of the deep dark wood before the story begins and the small child I read it to thought he might just be able to spy something sinister behind the trees although he didn’t know the story at all So we begin “A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark woodA fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good‘Where are you going to little brown mouse?Come and have lunch in my underground house’” Oh my what a crafty expression there is on the face of the fox But our perky brave little mouse is very uick thinking “It’s terribly kind of you Fox but no –I’m going to have lunch with a gruffalo”And as he describes the tusks teeth and jaws of the terrible monster to the fox he finishes with “and his favourite food is roasted fox”whereupon the fox’s eyes get very wide indeed and he scoots off in a panic The mouse however calmly carries on on his way In time he meets several other dangerous animals; a fox an owl and a snake Each one whom he meets clearly intends to eat the mouse and invites him back to their home ostensibly for a meal But every time the mouse claims he is expected by the fierce gruffalo to his house for a meal instead We might also have felt as apprehensive and scared as the animals who want to eat the mouse We learn for instance that the gruffalo’s favourite foods are “owl ice cream” and “scrambled snake” But in fact we don’t feel frightened and we don’t even believe him My little friend was giggling as much as I was because “Silly old fox doesn’t he know?There’s no such thing as a gruffalo”“Silly old owl doesn’t he know?There’s no such thing as a gruffalo”And “Silly old snake doesn’t he know?There’s no such thing as a gruffalo”We both had huge grins on our faces until I turned the next page Oh There he was As large as life and twice as ugly “Oh help Oh no It’s a gruffalo”And we clearly see a real live gruffalo He seems to be half a grizzly bear and half a buffalo And when he spots the mouse “‘My favourite food’ the gruffalo said‘You’ll taste good on a slice of bread’”But once again the mouse uses his uick wits and cunning He boasts to the gruffalo that he the mouse is the scariest animal in the forest and what’s he can prove it The gruffalo is very doubtful of this but humours the mouse and accompanies him through the forest Then the two of them once again encounter all the animals the mouse had met before Not surprisingly each creature is terrified by the sight of the mouse’s great “friend” the gruffalo whom he had described so perfectly earlier Each one runs off in a panic and gradually the gruffalo becomes and impressed with the mouse’s apparent toughness When the mouse then claims that his favourite food is “gruffalo crumble” it is the gruffalo who turns tail uite literally in his case and flees with a very very scared expression on his face Then in the final double spread “All was uiet in the deep dark wood The mouse found a nut and the nut was good”The Gruffalo is a perfectly structured story inviting the reader eually to laugh and have mock terror Even the tiniest of tots love to be “frightened” in this way Julia Donaldson seems to understand children completely from the inside She says that this story was inspired by a Chinese tale about a clever girl who tricks a hungry tiger into believing she is the ueen of the Jungle and scares him away Julia Donaldson knew that this would make a great picture book for children between about three and seven years of age but she wanted to do it in rhyme She couldn’t think of anything to rhyme with “tiger” so she created her own monster ending in “O” to rhyme with “doesn’t he know?” She uses rhyming couplets and includes much repetitive verse with just minor amusing tweaks which delight the listener We know what is coming but each time there is a little thrill of surprise to make us laugh The book is about 700 words long and much of its charm also lies in the illustrations by Axel Scheffler Once you’ve read it it is impossible to imagine the gruffalo as anything else but in fact he might have looked very different “Our” monster is scary in a cute dim witted sort of way but apparently Axel Scheffler’s first designs were of a monster who was far frightening than the one we know He also wondered about making the animals wear clothes but in the end decided against itMy little Turkish neighbour aged just four and I both giggled and one of us suealed a bit at this delightful picture book We haven’t yet ventured through our local “deep dark woods” though Perhaps we should do that before we read the follow up story written five years later and called The Gruffalo’s Child After all how terrifying might that one be?

  3. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    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 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

  4. Ken Ken says:

    One of the delights of parenthood is being able to enjoy some of the most popular children's books from the last 20 years The Gruffalo is an award winning hit from 1999It's a brilliant simple rhythmic story as a mouse trys to scare off other woodland creatures from eating him by describing this big beast known as The GruffaloUnfortunately The Mouse is about to discover that he's been right all alongI think the reason why this appeals so much as it hooks into a child's vivid imagination I remember tells of strange creatures living in the woods when I used to go campingWith each animal mouse meets the descriptions become even elaborateThis is one that I'm looking forward to enjoying together over and over again

  5. Fran Fran says:

    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 waysThe 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 wellThe illustrations are lovely the rhymes are funny the story it's interesting as shown by my niece's little yelps of excitement each time a new nemesis appears so I can't recommend this book enoughRead it with your children before bed read it to yourself after a long day just read it and enojy it doesn't matter when

  6. Calista Calista says:

    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 need to learn a thing or two from itThe kids enjoyed this The nephew loved the gruffalo and the niece did too for different reasons They both gave it 4 stars

  7. Mischenko Mischenko says:

    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 saidYou'll taste good on a slice of breadGood? said the mouse Don't call me goodI'm the scariest creature in this deep dark woodJust walk behind me and soon you'll seeeveryone is afraid of me The illustrations are detailed and interesting Overall its a charming little story children will enjoy4

  8. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    A wonderful tale and movie about dealing with bullies A must for kids

  9. James James says:

    Another delightful rhyming story from the pen of Julia Donaldson with brilliant accompanying illustrations by Axel SchefflerDonaldson and Scheffler are a formidable team although not uite 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

  10. Manybooks Manybooks says:

    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 protagonist it sweetly and nostalgically reminds me visually of one of my very favourite German cartoons from when I was a young child namely Die Sendung mit der Maus for me The Gruffalo as a unit is actually not just a fun and engaging picture book romp For indeed The Gruffalo also shows both with Julia Donaldson's verses and Axel Scheffler's accompanying artwork the importance and even the at times necessity of both bravery and cleverness when dealing with possible dangers bullies nasties and monsters as the little mouse bravely ventures into the forest and cleverly keeps itself safe from potential predators by telling a fantastical tale of the forest monster known as the Gruffalo and later when the Gruffalo actually turns out to not be a fantastical imaginary beast after all but a very real and bona fide monster how the mouse instead of simply being frightened and capitulating then makes the Gruffalo actually believe that it that the little mouse is in fact a big bad and frightening animal bravely manipulating both the Gruffalo and the forest animals to keep its diminutive self safe from harm from being consumed as a meal or a snack

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