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The Gruffalo Paperback – Illustrated, 27 Aug 1999

4.9 out of 5 stars 1,678 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Reprints edition (27 Aug. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333710932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333710937
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.3 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 1,678 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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

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