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The Gruffalo [Board book]

Julia Donaldson , Axel Scheffler
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (592 customer reviews)

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12 April 2002
The award-winning bestseller now available in a toddler-friendly board book.

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  • Board book: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Campbell Books; New edition edition (12 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033396568X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333965689
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 14.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (592 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Donaldson, the 2011-2013 Children's Laureate, is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's most-loved picture books including The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard.

The Gruffalo, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is now a children's classic and publishing phenomenon; celebrating 15 years in 2014, selling over 3 million copies worldwide, was voted Great Britain's favourite bedtime story on BBC Radio 2 and was adapted and broadcast as an animation on BBC 1 on Christmas Day 2009. The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom are now also films, with Room on the Broom shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2014. Julia Donaldson's most recent books with Axel Scheffler include Superworm (2012), Highway Rat (2011), Tabby McTat (2010), Stick Man (2009) and Tiddler (2008).

Julia Donaldson has also published work with David Roberts, Nick Sharratt, Emily Gravett, Rebecca Cobb, and Lydia Monks. Her collaboration with Lydia Monks began in 2003, with the first collection of Princess Mirror-Belle stories. The fabulously glittery Sugarlump and the Unicorn is their sixth, and most recent, picture book collaboration. She also writes poems, plays, songs and fiction for older children and, together with her husband Malcolm, has performed her wonderful stage shows all over the world.

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"A gruffalo? What's a gruffalo?"
"A gruffalo! Why, didn't you know? He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws."

And so begins the story of a quick-witted mouse as he encounters a host of predators who seem to think he might make a tasty treat. As he ventures deeper into the deep dark wood, stumbling across a hungry fox, a not-so-wise owl, and a slimy snake, spinning ever-extraordinary yarns about the scary, scaly gruffalo, he quickly realises that the hungry beast he has been talking of isn't imaginary after all.

A witty, sly little story that wrings giggles from the belly of the reader, The Gruffalo is both stylish and hilarious, simple in its execution, as it plays skilfully on a child's fears and then shows that even the most threatening of monsters are not always as scary as they seem.

A combination of read-along-rhyme by Julia Donaldson and illustrations by Alex Sheffler which perfectly capture the atmosphere of the story, The Gruffalo is an excellent picture book for 3-5-year-olds to read along with their parents, and is certain to become something of a classic. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


This is pure magic! Imelda Staunton is the perfect reader... -- Daily Express, 20 July 02 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gruffalo, what's a Gruffalo? 21 Nov 2006
The Gruffalo is one of the best children's book I have ever read!

I bought it when my eldest daughter was 18 months or so and she loved the rhyming and the pictures.

Now she is 5 she can read it alone and she now 'gets' the more adult bits of the books (like the fact that the Gruffalo thinks the animals are scared of the mouse, whilst they're actually scared of him!).

Just like the the Dr Seuss books, once you have read this a few times you will know it off by heart.

I don't know anyone who has this book and doesn't love it!

A true classic children's book.
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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good it's SCARY! 23 Jun 2002
By A Customer
"He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws... He has knobbily knees and turned-out toes, and a poisounous wart at the end of his nose. His eyes are orange, his tongue is black; He has purple prickles all over his back... He's the Gruffalo! Gruffalo! Gruffalo!"
Recently purchased this big book and its fantastic! Its won an award for being the best book to read aloud and it's not hard to see why! You can really go to town on the story telling front with animal and monster voices galore! Plus in this big book version there are some great activity ideas to use with groups of children. It is a great starting point to teach them about rhyme or make up their own imaginary monsters (but hopefully they won't turn out to be real like the Gruffalo!). It even includes a play script and song with sheet music! If you are interested check out the book and tape pack- the story is read in a lively exciting fashion by actress Imelda Staunton and the tape also includes the Gruffalo song and backing track! Great for a school assembly or show! Very topical at the moment with the recent sucess of "Monsters inc." A must have for infant teachers! The children will love this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - totally deserves it reputation 1 Jun 2004
Format:Board book
A truly fantastic children's book.
A good story, told with good narrative drive. To cap it off, well illustrated as well.
All in all the best children's book we have read so far.
Look out for other books by the same authors: Room on the Broom, The Smartest Giant in Town.
They are very good as well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't adult books be like this !. 8 Jan 2004
By Gareth
I have read this book to my eldest daughter who is three time and time again. Not because she wants to hear it but I do !.
This is an superb book which combines humour with a few 'scary' parts which my kids love. The illustrations are bright and capture the imagination. Five out of five every time !. Enjoy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - a must have book 18 Aug 2000
By A Customer
My 5 year old daughter & 3 year old son fight over whose turn it is to be read this book! I have recommended it to all their friends!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
Enchanting story about a cute little mouse who manages to trick the animals in the forest who want to eat him by telling them of an "imaginary" monster - the Gruffalo. They're truly terrified and leave him alone. Imagine the mouse's surprise when he comes face to face with the terrifying Gruffalo himself who also wants to eat the little mouse. Again, the cute little mouse has a cunning plan and tells the Gruffalo that all the animals are terrified of him (the mouse) and he proves his point by walking back through the forest with the Gruffalo at his side. Of course the animals run for their lives when they see the Gruffalo and the Gruffalo thinks the mouse is someone to be afraid of, not realising that it is he they are running from. The whole story is in rhyme and is a funny, enchanting tale which will appeal to children (and adults!) of all age. A must buy....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could I love this book any more 10 Nov 2003
As a student teacher I love this book not only for the fantastic language and imaginative story but the child in me loves it too. I have used this book many times within the classroom as well as sharing it on a personal level. It lends itself well to both situations with the children loving it as much as I do. I can imagine anyone could resist this book and if your ever stuck for literacy ideas its packed with them.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern classic (nice toy too) 25 Jan 2005
Format:Board book
Quite simply the best modern children's book.
A fantastic story about the adventures of a mouse in the deep dark wood. There is a terrific rhythm to the prose (poetry) (it is a joy to read aloud) together with very good use of repetition (A gruffalo, what's a gruffalo?). As usual Axel Scheffler's illustrations are excellent; complementing the story wonderfully.
The toy is very good - it has all the features referenced in the book - its eyes are orange, its tongue is black, it really does have purple prickles all over its back! - and my son (3) loves pointing out the features on the toy as we read the book.
Absolutely brilliant - unreservedly recommended
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars we love Julia Donaldsons books.
Bought for a friends child as my son has this already. Along with gruffalo child books too. He watches the animations regularly. Julia Donaldsons books are all good!
Published 3 days ago by gemma bailey
3.0 out of 5 stars The Gruffalo Cd
This The Gruffalo Cd Good When read Book with It
The Character in book like cd alive with You
The Mouse This Fun And Check fantastic
Published 3 days ago by Ben Conning
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present
My nephew enjoyed this book he is autistic so he liked this interaction of pressing the buttons I would recommend this seller
Published 5 days ago by Jill georgina Eaton
4.0 out of 5 stars The Gruffalo
A wonderful book. My daughter loves to read it and knows it all by heart. It is a fun story.
Published 6 days ago by V
5.0 out of 5 stars Childrens book by julia Donaldson THE Gruffalo
This book has been ahit with the prep school classe it was bought for and I would recommend the supplier.
Published 7 days ago by Ken Fourey-Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Julia Donaldson hit.
We love Julia Donaldson's gentle humour and wisdom. Her poetry swings along wonderfully and our little boy can't get enough of it.
The drawings are delightful.
Published 15 days ago by catherine hobley
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for children of any age
This is my little boys favourite book its a brilliant story & he can remember the words off each page & he loves to tell me the story before we open the book he never tires of it.
Published 16 days ago by Justine Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This one is a hit with my grandchild. He is not as keen on the Gruffalo's child.
I bought it as it is used in Y1 and 2 at school.
Published 18 days ago by Franks nana
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book EVER!
This has to be the best childrens book around! It's so fun and gets the children engaged and interested. They get to learn the words after a while and start reading along!
Published 19 days ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
A great poetic story - in the true tradition of children's stories it's comical and alarming, amusing and horrid all at once. Read more
Published 19 days ago by PT
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