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The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo
 

A rhyming story about a clever little mouse and a monster. When mouse goes for a walk in a dangerous forest, he invents tales of a fantastic creature called a Gruffalo to scare off his enemies. Imagine his surprise when he meets a real Gruffalo!

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ISBN 9780333710937
Barcode 9780333710937
Replacement this title has been replaced by: 9781509804757
Published 1 October 2004 by Pan Macmillan
Format Paperback, Illustrated edition
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Author(s) By Donaldson, Julia
Illustrated by Scheffler, Axel
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ISBN-13 9780333710937
ISBN-10 0333710932
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Macmillan Children's Books
Publication Date 1 October 2004
International Publication Date 21 August 1999
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Illustrated edition
Edition Illustrated edition
Author(s) By Donaldson, Julia
Illustrated by Scheffler, Axel
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
General Picture Books
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions Width: 217mm
Height: 270mm
Spine: 4mm
Weight 156g
Interest Age 0-5 years
Reading Age 0-5 years
Library of Congress Mice, Pictorial works, Juvenile fiction
NBS Text Picture Books
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code 11337.

Description of this Book

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. Imagine his surprise when he meets the real Gruffalo!

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Smarties Book Prize Gold Award 1999 -- Winner of Smarties Book Prize 0-5 Category 1999 -- Short-listed for Blue Peter Book Award 2000
NZ Review A clever, exuberant story in rhyme with strong, color-saturated pictures to match . . . This is a sure bet. (Booklist)
UK Review This is a marvellous, entertaining story which brilliantly demonstrates how humour and metaphor can be so effective in communicating important messages. During a walk through the dark woods a little mouse frightens off various predators by pretending to be on the way to meet a gruffalo. This fearsome beast has awesome features - terrible tusks and teeth, orange eyes, purple prickles, warts and knobbly knees - and its favourite food is, variously, roasted fox, owl ice cream or scrambled snake. Of course, it exists only in the mouse's imagination - or does it? In a neat twist, when the mouse actually meets a gruffalo (whose favourite food is really mouse sandwiches), it cleverly uses the other predators to convince the creature that a mouse is pretty scary, and its favourite food is...gruffalo crumble. Result: one fleeing gruffalo; one contented mouse safe to walk in the woods. A brilliant, funny book, written in flowing rhyme and imaginatively illustrated, well-deserving of its 1999 Smarties Gold Award. (Kirkus UK)
US Review The action of this rhymed and humorous tale centers upon a mouse who took a stroll/through the deep dark wood./A fox saw the mouse/and the mouse looked good. The mouse escapes being eaten by telling the fox that he is on his way to meet his friend the gruffalo (a monster of his imagination), whose favorite food is roasted fox. The fox beats a hasty retreat. Similar escapes are in store for an owl and a snake; both hightail it when they learn the particulars: tusks, claws, terrible jaws, eyes orange, tongue black, purple prickles on its back. When the gruffalo suddenly materializes out of the mouse's head and into the forest, the mouse has to think quick, declaring himself inedible as the scariest creature in the deep dark wood, and inviting the gruffalo to follow him to witness the effect he has on the other creatures. When the gruffalo hears that the mouse's favorite food is gruffalo crumble, he runs away. It's a fairly innocuous tale, with twists that aren't sharp enough and treachery that has no punch. Scheffler's funny scenes prevent the suspense from culminating; all his creatures, predator and prey, are downright lovable. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Julia Donaldson is one of today's most popular children's writers. Her many best-selling picture book collaborations with Axel Scheffler include THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD (978-1-4050-2046-6), THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE (978-0-333-98224-2) and CHARLIE COOK'S FAVOURITE BOOK (978-1-4050-3470-8). Julia also writes plays and songs, and is always in demand for her brilliant children's shows. Axel Scheffler is a star illustrator in the children's book world, and has created many wonderful books for Macmillan. He has enjoyed particular acclaim for his work with Julia Donaldson, but is also the creator of fantastic novelty books such as THE TICKLE BOOK (978-1-4050-5363-1), as well as MOTHER GOOSE'S NURSERY RHYMES (978-0-333-96136-0), a treasury of nursery rhymes and original stories.

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