This is another book that we own from Julia Donaldson's collection - a nice sequel to the gruffalo book. This story follows the gruffalo's young daughter and her quest to find the 'big bad mouse' that her dad talks of. Despite his instructions, she sneaks out at night on her quest. On her travels, she comes across the snake, owl and fox (the same creatures featured in The Gruffalo). Each time she suspects that they are the big bad mouse only to then discover their true identities. They each in turn tell her where the mouse can be found. Eventually, as she is unsuccessful, she suspects they, along with her father are lying about the mouse's existence. She then meets the little mouse, who outwitted the gruffalo previously, who uses the shadow cast by the moon to show her the big bad mouse. So, the mouse out thinks the gruffalo again.
This book tells a lovely story and is again written in the rhyming style that I feel Julia Donaldson excels at. I would say that my son prefers the gruffalo to this book but this is still a lovely book and one that we enjoy reading together. It make a lovely bedtime story as it is not too lengthy and it is also illustrated beautifully throughout so there are lots of discussion points.
I find the writing very clever and it doesn't seem to rhyme for rhyming's sake - every sentence has a purpose and makes perfect sense. It flows superbly and is great fun to read - again there are several characters in the book so you can use different voices to really make the book come alive.
We have the book in hardback and it is a nice size to slip in my bag to take out with us if my son is going to need entertaining. It is also available in paperback too. This is currently £3.85 on Amazon, which is a great price to pay! Definitely recommended.
At a Glance A brilliant sequel to the classic 'Gruffalo' picture book. Features and benefits for ELC The Gruffalo's Child Book One dark night the Gruffalo's child disobeys her father's warnings and ventures out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't really exist . . . does he? A brilliant sequel to the classic picture book.