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Author: Julia Donaldson / Format: Mixed media product / Date of publication: 18 November 2005 / Genre: Picture Books / Publisher: Pan Macmillan / Title: The Gruffalo's Child / ISBN 13: 9781405052306 / ISBN 10: 1405052306 / Alternative EAN: 9781405020466

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      05.10.2013 00:37
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      Another Brilliant Title from Donaldson and Scheffler

      Introduction:-


      Released in 2004 The Gruffalo's Child is the follow up title to the 1988 classic The Gruffalo written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. I was fortunate enough to pick this title up as part of a 2 for £7 deal at my local supermarket along with a book published by the same duo, with the purchase of this book being sealed by the fact that our daughter absolutely loved the original 1988 Gruffalo story which has a timeless quality about it as if it could have been published yesterday. Previous books I've bought that these same people have collaborated on have all had excellent story lines, and great illustrations making them highly readable. They have captivated our daughter's imagination and interest from start to finish so I was pretty confident that The Gruffalo's Child would follow suit and not let us or our daughter down.



      The Story:-


      As already mentioned The Gruffalo's Child is a sequel to The Gruffalo which sees a mouse take a stroll through the deep dark wood encountering different animals along the way all of which wish to invite the mouse back to their home for a meal in which the mouse will be the main course. To scare them off the mouse invents a fictional creature by the name of The Gruffalo that he is going to meet for tea, with the Gruffalo's favourite food being whichever animal is trying to convince him it is a good idea to join them for food. However the mouse doesn't expect to meet this creature face-to-face so when he does some quick thinking is required, so when the mouse leads the Gruffalo back through the woods and the animals that previously wanted to eat him run at the sight of the Gruffalo, the mouse manages to convince the Gruffalo the creatures are actually running from the scariest creature in the wood which the mouse makes out is himself so the Gruffalo then presumes that the mouse is to be feared especially as his favourite food is Gruffalo crumble. This is where the legend of the Big Bad Mouse is born along with the premise of the plot for The Gruffalo's Child.

      Some 16 years after the original title was released a baby Gruffalo has now entered the picture and the legend of the Big Bad Mouse still lives on with stories passed down from the Gruffalo to his child. Desperate to find out if there is any truth in this legend, one night when the Gruffalo is sleeping and the Gruffalo's child is bored he decides to set out into the deep dark woods in search of the legendary mouse. The Gruffalo's child one by one comes across the creatures that the mouse met in the previous story, the owl, snake and fox all tell him that the Big Bad Mouse enjoys such delicacies as Gruffalo pie and Gruffalo cake. This builds up a nice bit of suspense along the way from a child's point of view added to by the Gruffalo's child trying harder to convince himself he isn't sacred the further he gets into the deep dark woods until he convinces himself that the stuff of legend that he has heard about cannot possibly exist. When the Gruffalo's child comes across each animal they are in their home with a part of them such as a tail, or fiery eyes visible throwing up the question, is this the Big Bad Mouse? Once again adding to the suspense of this story and giving a great chance for even the youngest readers to join in.

      However there is soon a twist in the story and the Gruffalo's child soon stumbles across a mouse, not the Big Bad Mouse he was hoping for but maybe this mouse will be able to help. This is as far as I will go into the story other than to say that he does run into the Big Bad Mouse unexpectedly and soon returns back home content that the legend lives on. If I was to say any more I really would ruin the best bit of the book and do Julia Donaldson's excellent writing skills absolutely no justice at all so I won't spoil the story any more than I have done out of necessity for this review to give a good idea of what a child will be getting into whilst reading this book.

      Julia Donaldson's story telling once again as with all of her other titles that I have read really are second to none, retaining the flowing, rhythmical almost lyrical feel to her books that both me and my daughter have grown to love. This makes the books a joy to read out loud, the sentences fit well together and rhyme with no effort what-so-ever on behalf of the reader, meaning that even the most tired parent can easily inject at least some enthusiasm and energy no matter what small hour of the morning that the Gruffalo's Child is being demanded when it is all that will settle an unwell child that has been up and down half of the night.

      As mentioned in previous reviews I find that Julia Donaldson's books really come to life when being read to a group of children who all want to join in the hunt for the Big Bad Mouse. With the way that her books are written the emphasise is often placed on words that could be brushed over in normal sentences, making them easier to remember. This results in a book that not only has great entertainment value but also brilliant educational value to boot which I believe is a very important consideration when buying books for our young ones.

      Overall this is another great story from Julia Donaldson although I feel as a standalone story a little of the charm of the legend that is the Big Bad Mouse may be lost if The Gruffalo isn't read first but this by no means spoils the book in any way as the previous book is covered in the explanation of said legend but is necessarily brief to allow this new story to get underway.



      Illustrations:-


      With the subject matter of the book some may well expect the illustrations to be a little bit scary especially for younger readers, however Axel Scheffler true to form manages to keep the illustrations light hearted and they are in no means scary but still allow young readers to pick out the reasons that the Grufflo's child may be afraid of the mouse without inducing nightmares. Axel Scheffler does an excellent job of not only complimenting Julia Donaldson's story but also adding a great deal of depth, his illustrations fit the story perfectly page for page whilst also portraying his own perception of what the legend of the Big Bad Mouse should look like.

      Axel Scheffler has done a brilliant job of keeping the illustrations in this book light, colourful and entertaining, when they could have very easily ended up being just that bit too dark and dingy given the setting and theme of the book. I feel that Axel Scheffler makes a perfect team with Julia Donaldson, and I find it hard to believe that they only ended up working with each other as two other illustrators had turned down the opportunity of working with Julia Donaldson prior to Axel Scheffler being asked as they really do gel together so well you would almost believe they'd known each other forever.

      In summary the illustrations in case you haven't already guessed lived up to everything that I have come to expect from Axel Scheffler, perfectly complimenting Julia Donaldson's work whist putting his own distinctive stamp on the story. Something which I am sure is hard to do without making it seem like his illustrations are taking over the story, instead the illustrations and text are perfectly balanced making for a most enjoyable experience.



      In Conclusion:-


      In conclusion I would say that if you are a fan of Julia Donaldson's and Axel Scheffler's work and haven't read this book yet then it is definitely a must read, even if you have read and enjoyed books that they have worked on separately and are not sure on this one then I would definitely recommend giving it a shot and at least hiring it from the library. As mentioned above this pair complements each other so very well that I think anybody would be hard pressed not to find this book enjoyable and at the very least readable.
      The only suggestion I would make is that if The Gruffalo's Child is purchased I would also recommend grabbing The Gruffalo. Not so much for the back story but the fact that if a child takes to these books they will want them read repeatedly, and trust me as a parent that has read these books at least a hundred times before, the variation is always welcome as my daughter really isn't fussed which title she is reading as long as the story involves a Gruffalo of some description.

      Despite the fact that I feel this book loses just a tiny bit of charm as a standalone story if the Gruffalo hasn't been read first this is not something I can hold against it as any more explanation at the start of the book may well have been getting a bit repetitive after reading the Gruffalo and very possibly make the book just that little too long to hold the interest of the younger audience with a shorter attention span right until the end. Our daughter has found all of the Donaldson and Scheffler collaborations captivating since well before 18 months of age and still loves them more than a year on from that age, a fact that I cannot see changing any time soon. I feel that children of ages up to around 5 or 6 years possibly even older (I haven't much experience here yet) will get a good amount of enjoyment out of these books meaning they have an excellent shelf life, if they ever manage to make it onto the shelf rather than being constantly read that is.

      This is yet another Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler title that is going to come with a most definite 5/5 star rating from me as it is really hard to find any real fault with it at all, apart from the fact that I wished it had been released sooner so I could have enjoyed it as a child myself as with the original 1988 title The Gruffalo.

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        05.08.2013 09:25
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        A great follow on from the Gruffalo

        This is such a good book they have made a children's TV program and DVD out of it.

        I brought this book for my little boy after he was so keen on reading The Gruffalo. I brought this in hardback as my little boy has a habit of ripping pages in paper books.

        On the front of the book is a snowy scene of a gruffalo sitting down with baby gruffalo on his lap. The forest is in the background. The cover has a blue setting with the title in silver writing. On the rear of the book is a small picture of the moon and a brief write up of the book.

        This story is a follow on from the book "The Gruffalo". It starts with the gruffalo telling his child of the big, bad mouse in the wood. Curiosity gets the better of the Gruffalo's child and he goes in search of the big, bad mouse. Along the way he comes along the previous books characters - Snake, Fox & Owl.
        Does he find the big, bad mouse?

        The ending of the book is my little boys favourite where the Gruffalo's child cuddles up to the Gruffalo "And snores and snores and snore" He emulates the ending by cuddling up to his teddy. So it's been a great bed time book for us.

        With the author being Julia Donaldson the story is captivating and rhyming so it really does appeal to the younger reader.

        The illustrations are fantastic and they alone tell the story but are simple and uncomplicated. The texted is printed in the book in black, bold font, which makes it easier for older children to follow and read.

        This book is currently available from Amazon for £8.27 or paperback for £3.85.
        Definitely a must to own in your children's book collection.

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          25.06.2012 14:36
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          The Gruffalo's Child takes her own walk through the deep, dark woods!

          Gruffalo's child is the best-selling follow-up to The Gruffalo and tells a similar tale but in reverse. This time the mouse only shows up at the end for a climax that is as funny as it is unexpected.....

          The Gruffalo lives in fear of the big, bad woods. Once upon a time he encountered a fearsome enemy in the woods who scared him off and caused him to flee......and now he warns his daughter, The Gruffalo's Child, to likewise keep her distance. At night he tells her of the feirce mouse that lives in the woods and the one and only time he encountered him. But rather than put her off, The Gruffalo's Child is intrigued....

          When her dad is asleep, she sneaks out of their den and sets off for the woods. Once again, as in the first book, she encounters a series of animals and each of them adds to the legend of The Big, Bad Mouse that appeared in the first tale. Until finally, turning a corner, she stumbles across the mouse herself....

          Once again this is a beautiful tale, told through rhyme, that follows a simple story. Anybody who loved the original will likewise find plenty to enjoy here too and I love the way that here, just as in the first book, the rhyme has been made deliberately easy to learn so that your child can join in during repeated readings.

          The illustrations are once again simply delightful and look closely and you might even see a small nod to one of Donaldson and Schaffer's earlier novels. The Gruffalo's Child, for most of the story, carries a little Stickman everywhere she goes and, of course, one of their earlier books designed for children was in fact called Stickman!

          Again this book has been given over-exposure and it might well be that you are sick to the back teeth of The Gruffalo and everything that comes with it but trust me, this book is a real joy to read. Though perhaps not quite as much fun as The Gruffalo, it is still cute, funny and amusing and a lovely book for bedtime that always raises a smile!

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          16.06.2012 12:09
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          A good follow up that doesn't quite match the classic original

          The Gruffalo's Child is a follow up to the wonderful Gruffalo story, written in rhyming verse by Julia Donaldson with drawings by Axel Schaffer it tells the story of the Gruffalo's young daughter.

          Hearing her father talk about the terrifying mouse who scared the Gruffalo so terribly, she sneaks out bored one night to find this awful creature, on her travels she meets the snake, the owl and the fox who all corroborate the Gruffalo's description of this frightening apparition, until eventually she meets her nemesis and the story takes an amusing twist.

          This hardback book is 32 pages long, it contains 3 to 4 lines of rhyming verse on each page and is very easy to read, it requires the reader to use 7 different voices in total to cover the storyteller, the Gruffalo, the Gruffalo's child, the mouse, the fox, the owl and the snake.

          The book looks great, the animations are detailed and incredibly evocative of the story, the story is easy to follow and simple, after reading it twice, you will know the story off by heart. It follows the same lines as the original book, but the drawings particularly of the Gruffalo and his little girl are great.

          The book is in a nice format, big enough for your little one to hold and turn pages, but too robust for pages to be ripped or broken.

          I would say this isn't in the same league as the original, it is lovely and easy to lose yourself in, but it really treads almost the same ground as the original story and the ending is a little more contrived than the first story. It is still enjoyable but you do feel like you have been here before.

          The book is available on Amazon for £3.91 and is definitely worth it as a companion piece to the original or a bedtime story in its own right, I enjoy reading it and my little one enjoys hearing it, but its lack of originality is its only drawback, beautifully illustrated and well paced, occasionally you do feel like you have been here before.

          I will give this 4 out of 5, its good value and good fun but doesn't live up to the standards set in the first book. You and your child have to have read the Gruffalo for this to really make sense, so I would recommend buying both together and then reading them consecutively to get the most out of this.

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            15.07.2011 22:22
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            Brilliant book now we want to read more by this author

            On a recent trip to our local library we picked up this book, on reading another review i found that this book was actually a sequel to The Gruffalo but that didn't matter one bit when we came to read it as it is a story on it's own.

            The book is written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, it was first published in 2004 by Macmillan Books although the edition we have been reading is from 2005. The book is approximately A4 in size which I find is a good size for childrens books and the one we have been reading is a paperback, the RRP of the book is £5.99 which I think is about average.

            The front cover of the book shows the Gruffalo with his child sitting on his knee looking at him intently, they are sat in the clearing of a forest and it is a snowy night, there is a picture of a nasty looking mouse engraved on a stne and a tiny little mouse peeping around a tree. The title of the book is bold and coloured gold, the overall look of the book is inviting and it was one of the first books my daughter had picked up.

            The story starts with the Gruffalo telling his child about a big bad mouse that lives in the deep dark wood, he describes the mouse as strng with a long tail and eyes like pools of fire with whiskers tougher than wire. When the gruffalo goes to sleep the child steps out into the wood in search of the big bad mouse, the child comes across a tail but it belongs to a snake not a mouse and the snake tells him to look by the lake. The child finds claw marks but they turn out to belong to an owl who tells him the mouse is nearby, he then comes across a fox who tells him the mouse is under a tree. The gruffalos child gets fed up and decides that it has all been a trick when he comes across a little mouse who he plans to eat, the mouse convinces the gruffalo to meet his friend first and by standing in the light of the moon the little mouse transforms himself into the big bad mouse to which the gruffalos child runs all the way back to the cave.

            The writing in this book is lovely, the whole thing is written in rhyme and flows brilliantly, there are only a couple of lines per page meaning it is a suitable bedtime story without having to be readin more than one sitting. The illustrations are superb showing all the detail needed for a simple story for a young child and the pictures take up the majority of each page.

            Both myself and my daughter enjoyed the story, my daughter is 4 and understands shadows so she thought it wa funny that the gruffalos child was in fact scared of a shadow not a big bad mouse. We are going to try and get the Gruffalo out on our next library trip aswell as looking out for more books by Julia Donaldson.

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              A brilliant follow on story for old and young alike!

              The Gruffalo's Child - Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler


              My little one adores the original 'The Gruffalo' by the same author, which follows a little mouse on his travels through the wood where he meets a number of animals who want to eat him, though he invents a story about a creature called a Gruffalo which in turn protects him on his journey, though little known to the mouse, the Gruffalo actually exists!

              The Gruffalo's Child is the follow on to this first story and takes a similar path. This time, the story begins with The Gruffalo telling his child not to go into the forest because of the big bad mouse! The Gruffalo's child, being a child after all, ignores his fathers advise and goes into the forest as soon as his father is asleep. As he wanders through the forest, he meets the animals from the previous book which all match part of the description of the big bad mouse that his father gave him, though it is not until the end that the Gruffalo's Child finally meets the mouse with hilarious consequences.

              As with the first book, The Gruffalo's Child is written in rhyme with a lot of fun and laughter throughout. The repetition in the story is great for young children and my little one loves saying these repeated lines along with me which adds to the fun and excitement of the story. The story is a simple one, yet very effective and would appeal to a wide range of children from as young as perhaps two years old to ten (and with saying that - I even love it and I am an adult!).

              The images within the pages are fantastic! Such beautiful, imaginative pictures which enhance the story perfectly, and ones in which both myself and my little one love looking at!

              The book is RRP'd at £5.99 which is an average price for books such as this, though we were able to pick this book up in a local store on a three for £1.50 deal - which certainly was an amazing deal!

              I fully recommend this book, especially iof your little one loved the original Gruffalo Book!

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              a well loved book

              The follow on story to the gruffalo by julia donaldson, also aimed at toddlers and up. The book follows on perfectly and is just as wonderfully written and illustrated as the gruffalo was.

              If your children have never read the gruffalo or this i urge you to give them the chance it is a much loved story. I am actually smiling to myself now thinking how my son enjoys the story and recites the story back to me almost word for word.

              The gruffalos child is almost a reversal of the gruffalo in that the gruffalo was the mouse describing the gruffalo to frighten off predators, where as now following on from the mouse tricking the gruffalo to be scared of him the gruffalo is telling her child how frightening 'the big bad mouse' is.

              In the story we follow the gruffalos child to see for herself the big bad mouse. the bravery and courage of the child we see as she creeps away from her sleeping mother in search of the mouse. The mouse still as clever as always again tricks the child into believing he is very scary and indeed the 'big bad mouse' We still see the much loved original characters of fox, snake and owl.

              As much loved as the first one i am waiting avidly for the short film for the gruffalos child as they made with the gruffalo.

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                A great sequel

                The Gruffalo's Child


                The Gruffalo is a well known story by Julia Donaldson and since it was released as a short animation film it seems to have renewed its popularity. As a sequel to the Gruffalo is another book called The Gruffalo's child was published in September 2004. This book was bought for my son by his Aunt who works in a nursery and said she preferred it to the Gruffalo.

                Who is the Gruffalo?

                The Gruffalo was described in the first book as a fictional character that a mouse pretended he was going to have tea with when an Owl, Fox, snake wanted to eat him. He describes him in detail from purple prickles on his back to a poisonous wart on the end of his nose. The Gruffalo turns out to be a real creature.
                This story

                This story is Starts in the Gruffalo's cave where the Gruffalo is telling the Gruffalo's child that she should never go into the deep dark wood due to the big bad mouse. The Gruffalo describes the mouse as he remembers him as a terribly strong mouse that has a long scaly tail, eyes are like pools of fire and whiskers that are tougher than wire and tell the child that big bad mouse will be after her if she goes in the woods.

                One snowy night predictably when the Gruffalo is asleep the Gruffalo's child goes off in search of the big bad mouse. The Gruffalo's child meets the characters from the original story. He firstly see's the tail of the snack sticking out of his log pile house and wonders if this is the big bad mouse. The snake slithers out and he realises this is not the mouse. When he tells the snake you're not a Gruffalo the snake tells him he is eating Gruffalo cake down by the lake. He then see's the owl and the fox and the same scenario happens over again. He realises these animals are not the Gruffalo and on each occasion they tell him the Big bad mouse is eating Gruffalo in another version of Gruffalo. Finally he does meet up with the mouse who he doesn't recognise as the big bad mouse due to him been normal size but the mouse has a trick up his sleeve to show the Gruffalo the big bad mouse.

                The writing Style

                The writing Style is very typical of Julia Donaldson. She uses poetry to make the story flow. The use of repetitive language makes is easy for children to follow remembers and joins in. The book uses tricks and phrases from the first book which means if a child is familiar with the Gruffalo the story continues in the same flow but with a different direction. I do like the use of descriptions and language that does stretch the child but isn't too complex that completely goes over a Childs head.

                The illustrations

                The Illustrations are by Alex Scheffler who also illustrated the first book. The Images are bold and effective. I particularly like the expressions on the creature's faces. The fact this book is set in the snow shows many differences to the original book and the harsh weather is blended into the illustrations that add an additional dimension. I also like that although the Gruffalo's child is a girl she is not portrayed as particularly feminine which would take away from her character.

                My son's Experience

                Obviously he was pleased to receive a gift from his Aunty but once he looked at it he instantly recognised the Gruffalo and wanted to know who was sat on his lap. While we looked at the cover it wasn't instantly clear whether she was male or female. As we continued through the story he seemed to remember the initial story and sat attentively listening to the story. My son pays great attention to detail and was interested to see the Gruffalo's child's toy in the cave which appeared to be made of twigs. He also was quite excited to be able to name the animals despite only been able to see a small part of their body. He also seemed to be impressed that the mouse had made a snow mouse outside of his house.
                After my son had heard the story a few times he is able to join in with various repetitive lines throughout the book and also able to anticipate what would be happening next. Months later he will still request this book to read a couple of times a week despite the novelty having worn off.

                Overall

                Both my son and I do enjoy this book and a sequel it does work well. I do personally prefer the original book and my son appears to like both equally well. I think this book is an excellent book for improving concentration, extending vocabulary as well as an entertaining read. There are deeper lessons that can be learnt from this book but these do need to be looked for and would be useful for older children.

                Recommendations and Availability

                I do think this is an excellent book for children aged between about 2 ½ and 7. I would recommend getting the first book in the series first.
                This book is available currently on Amazon in Hardback, paperback, board book and Audio CD versions.
                Hardback is £6.36
                And paperback is £3
                These are both with free supersaver delivery.

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                  See what happens when The Gruffalos child goes on the hunt for The Big Bad Mouse

                  Meet The Gruffalos Child for those of you familiar with the The Gruffalo story which features a mouse walking through the woods and scraing the creatures with his tales of The Gruffalo which turn out to be true (which even the mouse didn't know) this book features The Gruffalos child going for his own walk through the wood after being told the tail of 'The Big Bad Mouse' an amusing twist on the previous story. On his journey The Gruffalos child bumps into creatures who live in the wood - a snake, an owl, a fox this time the creatures tell The Gruffols child tales of the mouse eating Grufflo cake and drinking Gruffalo tea this does not put The Gruffalos child off and he carries on on his journey until he find's 'The Big Bad Mouse'.

                  This book is a great twist on the original and is basically The Gruffalo in reverse the children who I work with who are 2-5 years enjoyed this book as much as the first one and they like to shout out the words which rhyme. It is easy to read and the story flows well. This book cost me £4 from Asda which I feel is a resonable price for a book that can be enjoyed time and time again.

                  Would recommend to all.

                  I also write reviews on other sites under the same name.

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                    My son and I both love The Gruffalo so the next natural step was to purchase The Gruffalo's child. I believe I bought it from the book people when I was working in a school and they used to visit regularly however you can purchase it from Asda at the moment for £4.00 or two books for £7.00. You will also be able to buy it from good book stores.

                    The Gruffalo's child is written by Julia Donaldson and is illustrated by Axel Scheffler. They seem to have worked on quite a few books together but I can understand why as the books are so lovely. The writing and illustrations are both wonderful so why mess with something that isn't broken? The book was first published in 2004 by Macmillan children's books.

                    In The Gruffalo we learn how a clever little mouse manages to avoid being eaten for lunch by snake, owl and fox and then ultimately the Gruffalo by tricking them into believing not only is there a Gruffalo but that the Gruffalo is scared of him! In the end of the book the Gruffalo really does become scared of the little mouse and this leads us on nicely to The Gruffalo's Child.

                    The book begins with the Gruffalo telling his child how she should never set foot into the woods because there is a big bad mouse that lives there. The young Gruffalo is intrigued and asks "what does he look like dad?" In the familiar style of the original Gruffalo book the Gruffalo begins to hugely exaggerate the mouse telling his child about the huge scaly tail, and whiskers which are tougher than wire!

                    The young Gruffalo is curious and so one snowy night whilst the Daddy Gruffalo is asleep she sneaks out. Again the text rhymes and flows well which is lovely as you are sharing a story with your child. There are also phrases which are repeated every few pages. In this case it is "Aha! Oho! A trail in the snow!" It is easy for young children to remember and my son really enjoys joining in when we read.

                    Along her travels the Gruffalo's child bumps into snake, owl and the fox just like in the original book and they all tell her that the mouse is somewhere in the woods eating various Gruffalo things! She continues her journey telling herself she isn't scared when of course she really is! When she finally bumps into the little mouse she is adamant that the big scary mouse doesn't exist and that she will eat the little mouse but of course he is clever and manages to trick her! She rushes back to the cave and snuggles up to her Daddy feeling much less bored and much less brave!

                    We really enjoy this story. It is great that it carries on in the same style as The Gruffalo but that the tables have been turned and now it is the little mouse that is being described as terrible and scary. My son is now five and getting to the age where he will have a go at reading a book alone and he loves to do this with this one but I really like to snuggle with him and read these. I think they are classics and will be around for many more years to come.

                    The illustrations in this book are great too. They are different from The Gruffalo in that this book is set at night time in the woods, and it is snowy so it gives a whole different look and feel to the woods but they are just as wonderful as in the original book. They are colourful and really draw you in.

                    I would definitely recommend that you have this in your child's book collection! It is simply wonderful.

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                      The Gruffalo's child

                      After mentioning to a friend how much my daughter and I enjoyed The Gruffalo, she suggested I read the Gruffalo's child, the sequel book from The Gruffalo. I'm so glad I did as I love that one too and it's a very clever second book in the edition.

                      In the first book we follow a little brown mouse as he takes us on a journey through the forest, encountering foes along the way and explaining to them exactly what or who is a Gruffalo. The foes he happens upon are a fox, owl and a snake. Each of these animals wants to eat the mouse but he tells them he is off to eat with the Gruffalo. He portrays the Gruffalo as a scary character, each time getting more descriptive telling them it is a big animal with a black tongue, orange eyes and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose, to name just a few afflictions.

                      In the second book we meet the Gruffalo's daughter who has heard all the stories about the big bad mouse from her father but does not believe him, so she goes out into the woods herself to try and find this mouse. On the way she encounters all the old characters from the original book, the snake, owl and fox who tell her where she can find the mouse. We she finally finds the mouse he's not really as big and as scary as she thought. However, the mouse tricks her as well by standing on a tree branch to use the moonlight to enlarge its shadow. The Gruffalo's daughter then runs off because she is scared of the big bad mouse!!.

                      Again the book is written by Julia Donaldson, a writer and a playwrite. It includes again, wonderful illustrations by Axel Scheffler. Although The Gruffalo is meant to be scary I think the little daughter is very cute and a nice little character for young children to relate to. I found this book for £2.99 on Amazon and in my opinion is well worth purchasing.

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                        11.05.2010 11:50

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                        Brilliant book for children

                        This story is the sequel to the fantastic book, The Gruffalo.
                        It starts off in the Gruffalo's cave, where the Gruffalo's child is asking his Dad all about the big bad mouse. The Gruffalo's memory of the mouse has obviously got fuzzy over time, as he remembers him being quite scary and monstrous.
                        The Gruffalo's child does not believe this desciption, so goes off in search of the "big bad mouse".
                        On his way he meets all of the animals from the first book - the snake, the fox and the owl, who all tell him that the mouse is somewhere nearby.
                        When the Gruffalo's child does eventually meet the mouse, once again the mouse uses his wit to stay on top of the situation.
                        There are lots of things to look at on each page, so plenty of things to discuss with your children and make the book read a little different each time.
                        The rhymes are quite sophisticated for a children's book, so as a parent it is fun to read (even when you've read it every night for 3 months!). The illustrations from Axel Scheffler are brilliant as usual and perfectly capture the mood of the text.
                        My children aged 2 & 4 love this book and I imagine we will be reading it for some time to come. It's a lovely book and I'd thoroughly recommend it.

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                        07.05.2010 11:20
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                        Suitably dissimilar to The gruffalo, but similar enough to be the same good plot and writing

                        ~Introduction
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                        This Book is the sequel to The Gruffalo by Julian Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
                        I received this as a gift and was sceptical that it would be one of those terrible spin-offs with little new material. I was wrong! This is a lovely stepping-stone from The Gruffalo, however knowledge of the Gruffalo story is not needed to enjoy this book too!

                        ~The Story~

                        The story follows the gruffalo's daughter, who when told the legend of the 'Big Bad Mouse' determines to find out for herself. She runs off and meets the old favourites; snake, old and fox along the way pointing her to the mouse.
                        On finding the mouse, she is dissapointed by how small he is. But ingeniously the mouse hops onto a branch and his shadow is that of a mouse;
                        ''His Ears are enormous, and over his shoulder
                        He carried a nut as big as a boulder!''

                        The Gruffalo's child is suitably scared of the mouse and runs off home back to the cave.

                        ~Opinion~

                        This story is a lovely new idea on the Gruffalo story. It has the same lovely illustration style.
                        As my son already knows the characters of owl, fox and snake this book is even more exciting, like meeting old friends!
                        The book and pages are hardback and very durable. Spilling drink/water on them is fine too!
                        With the lovey rhyming style of the Gruffalo, this is a lovely addition to the Gruffalo collection we are getting!

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                          25.03.2010 09:51
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                          a great sequel to the gruffalo

                          After the popularity of The Gruffalo in our house, I knew I was going to have to buy the sequel to the story The Gruffalo's Child.
                          We meet the Gruffalo's daughter one dark night when the Gruffalo is asleep, and she decided to ignore her father's warnings about the dangerous woods and venture out for herself to explore.

                          If you've read The Gruffalo then you'll be familiar with the story, but if you haven't then you can read this without having read The Gruffalo first. We see the child going out to see if she can find the scary mouse her father has told her so much about.
                          The woods are full of shadows as she goes through, listening for noises and clues. After finding owl, snake, and fox along the way, the Gruffalo's child begins to think this big scary mouse her father has told her so much about doesn't actually exist, despite all the animals being scared of it.

                          Told in rhyme just like all the other books from Julia Donaldson, the books flows off your tongue and is really easy to read over and over without getting tongue tied with it. There aren't too many words, but we find that the pictures in the book also tell a lot of the story without the need to speak. Axel Scheffler illustrates the book as he did with The Gruffalo. He manages to place little objects from other stories by themselves into the books, and places carvings in the wood that gets the reader talking about different books, and referring back to The Gruffalo book.

                          I have always loved the illustrations in the book, but I do particularly like them in The Gruffalo's Child. As the book is set in the winter time, there is a lot of snow on the ground, and this leads to more illustrations where you see snowmen made out into the form of The Gruffalo. It's just little touches, but it makes the book into something special.

                          The Gruffalo's child eventually comes across the scary mouse on her travels. She can't believe that everyone is scared of the little mouse that's stood in front of her. There must be a mistake. The mouse however, in true form manages to make himself into a big scary mouse and scare away the Gruffalo's child.
                          It's always quite ingenious how Donaldson manages to transform herself into the mindset of telling this story again without making it too similar or boring for the reader.

                          This book is definitely a keeper and well worth spending the £3 from Amazon for a paperback copy. I promise you with toddlers you'll treasure this book and read it over and over again without getting tired of the story. My daughter almost knows it off by heart now and still asks for it at bedtime. It manages to grip my daughter without being too scary, despite talking about a large creature with prickles and warts on their body etc.

                          ISBN: 978-1405093057

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                            19.02.2010 16:05
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                            A lovely story for children of all ages.

                            This book is the sequel to the best selling "The Gruffalo" and was first published in 2004, five years after the first book. It is a lovely story and cleverly written but, as with most sequels, is not as good as the first book.

                            As the title suggests, the story is about The Gruffalo's Child. The Gruffalo has told his child about the scary mouse that lives in the wood and one night the child is feeling brave and decides to go and search for him. The story continues with what happens along the way.

                            It involves all the same characters as the first book but is written from the Gruffalo's point of view instead of the mouse's. The story is written in the same catchy rhyming style as the first book so is lots of fun to read. It would also be good to read with a toddler age child as after a while they would be able to pick up on the repeating rhymes and say them along with you. The illustrations are nice and bright with plenty of full colour pages with lots of details to point out and discuss with your child as you are reading.

                            I would say this is suitable for boys and girls up to the age of about 8. Even before they can read it by themselves I'm sure they would love it read to them as a bedtime story.

                            This book won WH Smith's Children's Book of The Year and deservedly so. However, despite the fun story I still prefer the first book.

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                          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?