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Doesn't he know, theres no such thing as a Gruffalo.
on 25 July 2016
This is no the first Gruffalo I have purchased, but this was a hardback version I purchased as a gift for my friends baby that my son picked. My 6 year old son has loved this story since he was a baby. Julia Donaldson really excellent storybooks and so many are relate able to other stories she has done. For those who don't know "a mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood" along his travels a fox, owl and snake see him and thinks he looks good. To distract his predators he tells them about a creature, The Gruffalo, and describes its physical appearance. He walks away reassuring himself that the Gruffalo doesn't exist, but ends up bumping into him. The Gruffalo wants to eat him, but the mouse convinces him to follow him so he can show him hes "the scariest creature in this wood". He goes back to the snake, owl and fox and each of them run away when they see the mouse with the gruffalo. The mouse convinces the gruffalo hes feared by all and the gruffalo runs away. I have read the book so many times that I could tell the story from start to finish without the book. It has also been made into a film and is often done in pantos. There is a follow up book - The Gruffalos Child which is very similar with the same characters - the Gruffalos Child goes looking for the big bad mouse. This is also a worthy book of a child's bookshelf and is great. If you don't have the gruffalo and are looking for a great childrens story - Julia Donaldson - buy them all shes a brilliant writer and the Gruffalo to me is the best of the lot.