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The Gruffalo | [Julia Donaldson]

The Gruffalo

A mouse is taking a stroll through the deep, dark woods when along comes a hungry fox, then an owl, and then a snake. The mouse is good enough to eat, but smart enough to know this - so he invents...the gruffalo! As Mouse explains, the gruffalo is a creature with terrible claws, terrible tusks in its terrible jaws, knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of its nose. But Mouse has no worries. After all, there's no such thing as a gruffalo...is there?
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Publisher's Summary

A mouse is taking a stroll through the deep, dark woods when along comes a hungry fox, then an owl, and then a snake. The mouse is good enough to eat, but smart enough to know this - so he invents...the gruffalo! As Mouse explains, the gruffalo is a creature with terrible claws, terrible tusks in its terrible jaws, knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of its nose. But Mouse has no worries. After all, there's no such thing as a gruffalo...is there?

Listen to the sequel, Gruffalo's Child.

©1999 Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler; (P)2008 Penguin

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    Ann 07-03-12
    Ann 07-03-12

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    "Clever story, fun performance."

    This is a clever story about a clever little mouse that my kids (3 and 5) love. I don't think the 3-yeard old would get it (without having seen the book) if she hadn't seen an animated version prior, but she'd probably still stay tuned the entire time because of the performance. The narrator does different voices for all of the animals- super fun!

    I recommend this book.

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    Danny Derby largo 07-07-13
    Danny Derby largo 07-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favourites"

    Julia Donaldson write great children's books and this one is one of her best!
    I love to read it to my kids and to myself, I guess I still a child deep down. A mouse with wit faces and handles different animals in the woods and faces a monster with great wisdom. I loved it.

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    Molly Garner 08-06-12 Member Since 2006
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    "It's great!"
    Would you listen to The Gruffalo again? Why?

    Yes. My five-year-old asks that we listen to it nearly every night.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The little mouse is so clever.


    What about Hal Hollings’s performance did you like?

    Nicely read. Pleasant to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio book is best if you are already familiar with the story or the short-film. Not a lot of descripiton in the narration, itself. Buy the book, supplement with the audio.

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    Anne Caboolture, Australia 06-26-12
    Anne Caboolture, Australia 06-26-12
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    "The children's review!"
    If you could sum up The Gruffalo in three words, what would they be?

    More please, Granny! Boys, aged 6,4 and 3!


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    Ross Australia 12-05-11
    Ross Australia 12-05-11
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    "Great story, Not how I would have read it."
    What made the experience of listening to The Gruffalo the most enjoyable?

    The kids and I love this story. Simply fantastic. I read it a bit differently and like to accent the rhythm and rhyme to make it fun for the kids. This reading is a bit more static. Overall still very good.


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    Nadia Oakland, CA, United States 07-24-11
    Nadia Oakland, CA, United States 07-24-11
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    "Fun listen"

    Great reading using different voices for the characters. Kept the story engaging. One of my daughter's (3yo) favorites now.

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