The Gruffalo is such a classic that anything trying to build on its reputation has a hard task to impress. However, as long as you buy this book knowing what it is - an accompaniment to a good fun children's song CD - and what it isn't - a new Julia Donaldson picture book - then you shouldn't be disappointed. I didn't know that J.D. also wrote songs until I saw this in the book shop and I'm glad I now do. The songs in this book are fun, and especially that lead song of the gruffalo. My children (2&4) have taken immediately to this musical version of the Gruffalo's description and, as it's catchy, have spent several days lumbering round the house singing it. There's a nice mix of nine songs including, for example, one encouraging the listener to pull a funny face; another to keep on the go; a monkey puzzle song, a version of the Hare and the Tortoise and a the whole of a Squash and a Squeeze set to music. In no time at all you'll be singing along.