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The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson
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The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson
Advantages: fun story, well illustrated, rhyming text
I have mentioned my personal love of Julia Donaldson books in previous reviews and The Gruffalo is probably the most famous of all of them and certainly the one for which she is most known. I had certainly heard of the gruffalo before I had even read the book - having come across various merchandise such as clothing, children's plates and cutlery sets and even easter eggs. For Christmas, we bought my son a lot of books as he has a real love of them and was just getting to grips with bedtime stories. One of those we purchased was The Gruffalo in hardback which cost us just £3 in the WHSmith book sale. It currently prices at £4 in paperback on Amazon.
The story is about a fast witted mouse that foils the attempts of various predators to eat him by telling them of his friend the gruffalo that likes to eat them. The mouse tells them of his terrible tusk and terrible jaws etc and that his favourite food is owl ice cream etc. This is the mouse's imagination but he does actually run into a gruffalo on his travels that, of course, also quite fancies the mouse for a meal. He tells the gruffalo that he should be scared of the mouse as he is the toughest creature in the forest and instructs the gruffalo to walk behind him to see this. He then runs into all the animals that had earlier tried to eat him and they run scared as they can see the gruffalo. The gruffalo is astounded that the mouse is so scary but leaves him alone.
The text is fun and in rhyming sentences throughout. It is easy to read as a bed time story as it flows so well. It is also good as there are various characters in the book so you can use different voices for each, which my son enjoys. At first, my son wasn't sure about the book, I think he was a little uneasy about the illustrations of the gruffalo which is basically an ugly monster! He has grown to love it though and loves looking at the illustrations, which are beautiful, as we work our way through the pages. I personally love the story too as I think it is clever and amusing and very unique. It is quite a short book too so is great for toddlers - it holds my son's attention well. It is a book that I never tire of reading and one that my son requests a lot too - so that is an indication of it's appeal to toddlers. Definitely recommended.
Summary: lovely story book
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