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The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson

Board Book

Published: March 2010
For Ages: 3 - 5 years old
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The nation's favourite bedtime story!

"A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood.

A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good."

Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when the quick-thinking mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake and a hungry gruffalo . . .

About the Author

Julia Donaldson is one of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors. Her award-winning collaborations with Axel Scheffler include the modern classic The Gruffalo and its irresistible sequel The Gruffalo's Child. Julia also writes children’s plays and songs, and runs regular storytelling workshops. She lives in Glasgow with her husband, Malcolm, and their family.

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The Gruffalo
 
4.8

(based on 5 reviews)

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Pros

  • Deserves multiple readings (5)
  • Well written (4)
  • Easy to understand (3)

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5.0

a children's classic

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from Sydney, AU

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
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    Comments about The Gruffalo:

    I use the book for bedtime reading with my grandchildren.

     
    5.0

    Lots of Themes

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    from Melbourne, Australia

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    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Understand
    • Inspirational
    • Well Written

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      • Gift
      • Younger Readers

      Comments about The Gruffalo:

      We really enjoy reading The Gruffalo to our 8 month old son.

      Initially I was worried the character of the gruffalo might be a bit scary but my concerns seem unfounded and my son is unfazed by the monster.

      The rhyming text is beautifully written and allows lots of scope for play-acting with different voices for the mouse, fox, owl, snake, gruffalo and narrator. This has meant that, although it is quite a long story for a baby of his age, our son remains engaged throughout and his attention span stretched from simpler 'Spot' style books to short storybooks.

      As a parent, I love the themes of this book. Admittedly they're lost on our baby at this age, but I can see this story remaining a favourite for quite some time and as he grows, the lessons of courage, thinking quickly to stand up to bullies and stranger danger will stay with him, I'm sure.

      The illustrations are lovely and vibrant. They were a little complex for our baby to start with, but upon multiple readings (almost every night) he has become familiar with them and has started being able to follow the mouse on his journey through the deep, dark wood. As he gets older, we will start pointing out the little details hidden in the illustrations that will continue to capture his attention and imagination.

      Physically the book is a good size for a baby to hold and manipulate independently. The pages are a thick board stock that enable him to learn to turn them without fear of bending or tearing them.

      If your baby is an avid bookworm at 8 months, this book will be suitable and will help develop their attention spans. For babies that are less engaged by books, perhaps wait until they are a little older.

       
      5.0

      I wish I had written it.

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      from NSW

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      • Well Written

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          Comments about The Gruffalo:

          Quite wordy, with complex illustrations and poetic rhythym. This will be relevant for a number of years for my daughter. My 3yo nephew was a little scared by the Gruffalo.

           
          5.0

          Wide appeal

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          from Melbourne

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          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Easy To Understand
          • Well Written

          Cons

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            • Gift
            • Younger Readers

            Comments about The Gruffalo:

            One of our granddaughters' first books, they loved it as tiny tots and it is still a favourite as they head to school.

             
            4.0

            A book with a good moral

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            from Adelaide, AU

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            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Easy To Understand
            • Relevant
            • Well Written

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              Comments about The Gruffalo:

              This book has a very good moral relevant to young children. Engaging for children aged 5-8. Perhaps a bit too much writing for them to read themselves, but perfect for an adult to read to them. An imaginative story with animal characters that children will love, accompanied by detailed illustrations.

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              A clever, exuberant story in rhyme with strong, color-saturated pictures to match . . . This is a sure bet. (Booklist)

              Julia Donaldson

              Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's best-loved children's books, and was the 2011-2013 Children's Laureate. Her picture books include the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Julia also writes fiction, including the Princess Miior-Belle series illustrated by Lydia Monks, as well as poems, plays and songs -- and her brilliant live shows are always in demand. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between West Sussex and Edinburgh.

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              ISBN: 9780230747937
              ISBN-10: 0230747930
              Audience: Children
              For Ages: 3 - 5 years old
              Format: Board Book
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 26
              Published: March 2010
              Publisher: Pan Macmillan
              Country of Publication: AU
              Dimensions (cm): 18.2 x 14.8  x 1.3
              Weight (kg): 0.23
              Edition Number: 1
              Edition Type: Illustrated