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Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's award-winning rhyming story of a mouse and a monster has become a bestselling phenomenon across the world. Little mouse goes for a walk in a dangerous forest. To scare off his enemies he invents tales of a fantastical creature called the Gruffalo. SO, imagine his surprise when he meets the REAL Gruffalo...

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20th July '16
Sallybumbum read it themselves aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
Fantastic book
20th September '16
I read it to Pandas aged 2 to 3
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5 stars
An all time classic, children love this book especially if you assign voices to the characters. There is lots of repetition which great for children to join in with. 
3rd October '17
I read it to Work aged 3 to 7
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Beautifully illustrated story by a fantastic author. The Gruffalo really captures the imagination and a perfect excuse to go on a gruffalo hunt in the woods! 
5th September '16
I read it to Missmoo aged 5 aged 5 & to Locket aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
I read this book to my 5 and 2 year old and they both love it 
10th April '17
Zaki read it themselves aged 5 aged 5
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I love the gruffalo because there is a gruffalo walkpath in Manchester. I love the gruffalo book because the mouse is very clever and comes up with good ideas.
24th October '17
I read it to Boychick aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
A classic for a reason,


Original story and very engaging. You are always drWn in, no matter how many times you read it


Nice to look out for all the Little details and animals hiding in the background

Also look out for the sequel, the gruffalo,s child
17th January '17
I read it to DylanC08 aged 8 aged 8 & to FinnC11 aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
Brilliant lovely book with a great story. 
Easily understood by children of all ages. 
31st August '16
I read it to Atlanta aged 11 aged 11 & to Evamae aged 7 aged 7
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My little girl is 7 now and still loves this story now. We have read it so much that the front cover of the book is really worn out! The words rhyme and when my daughter was little she would love me dropping  out the end of the sentence so she could guess the word. Illustrations are beautiful throughout. 
9th April '16
barnboy read it themselves aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
I like the drawings because they are really neat drawings and they are even better than my drawings sometimes. 
The story is very good.  It's funny and scary and cool. 
23rd March '17
Giggle read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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This book is very enjoyable. I still like it now! My favourite character is the mouse because of all the funny things he says. Recommended for younger readers but older readers will like it too!
31st August '16
I read it to meg aged 6 aged 6 , to archie aged 4 aged 4 & to flick aged 4 months aged 0
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5 stars
My children adore this book. They are into the book from the beggining until the end. The pictures in the book are lovely. Its a story i have been reading to my children for years and will continue to do so
13th July '16
I read it to Lily aged 3 aged 3 & to RoseMars aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Donaldson and Scheffler's most famous and much loved book. My three year old twin girls adore this book so much. The character of the mouse is cheeky and clever and they love to laugh at how he fools all his predators. When the Gruffalo turns out to be real my girls squeal in delight and pretend to run and hide. A very exciting and funny read, although it may be a little to exciting and scary for a bedtime read.
30th August '17
I read it myself (an adult) , to THughes14 aged 7 aged 7 , to HHughes28 aged 4 aged 4 , to PHughes22 aged 2 aged 2 & to Kensington Gardens aged 7 to 8
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5 stars
Our favourite book EVER!! 
No book couple room is complete without this marvellous book. Adults and children alike just love this book. It is truly wonderful.
The illustrations, the rhyming strings, the repetition, it's funny, it's just an amazing book.
If you don't have it; you NEED it. 
4th April '17
I read it to LucyRed aged 5 aged 5
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My granddaughter loves this book and I read it with her at the weekend. The characters are fantastic and the book describes the Gruffalo in great detail. It is about a clever little mouse who invents the Gruffalo to scare his enemies and when he comes face to face with the Gruffalo finds a way to scare him too. 
31st August '16
I read it to Abandme16 aged 6 months aged 0
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5 stars
I absolutely love this book and my little girl does too she gets so excited with the  rhymes. Would highly recommend and the illustration is great too.
10th January '17
I read it to Arya aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
A classic that should be on every child's bookshelf. My daughter loves this book and we have read it on numerous occasions. She loves how clever little mouse is and how he tricks everyone he meets; she also likes how the Gruffalo is real. 
The story rhymes and has lots of repetition which my daughter has grasped and enjoys joining in.
The illustrations are fantastic and there are lots of colourful detailed pictures. 
Definitely recommend! 
12th April '17
Yusuf read it themselves aged 5 aged 5
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I love it when the mouse gets scared of the Gruffalo but uses his clever brain to come up with an awesome plan.
4th August '16
I read it to Aaronthecooldude aged 6 aged 6
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I've read this book to Aaron so many times that I know it by heart! He loves it, and really engages with the characters. We enjoy doing individual voices for each of the characters, and along with the beautiful illustrations this really brings the story to life. A classic book that should be on every child's bookshelf.
27th January '16
I read it to Tubs aged 3 aged 3 & to Lexi aged 1 aged 1
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The Gruffalo is my children's favourite book; the exciting story, the memorable characters, and the rhyming words make it a pleasure to read at bedtimes. We go on regular Gruffalo hunts through the woods - a sign of just how much this book is beloved.
27th September '16
I read it to Leonjames aged 9 aged 9 , to Leximoo aged 4 aged 4 , to Cora14 aged 2 aged 2 & to Kion16 aged 4 months aged 0
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My kids love this story as much as I do it's fun and so catchy. After a few reads my kids would say it along with me. Great author love all her books
21st October '16
I read it to BellaC aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This is my daughter's favourite book. We read it at least twice a week in the bedtime book rotation. She can even quote some of it along with me. The rhythm of the words is brilliant for memorisation and the length of the book is perfect for her attention span. She also loves the illustrations.
2nd June '17
I read it to Babyeva29 aged 1 aged 1
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Mine and my daughters favourite bedtime story a brilliant story which will never get old 
3rd May '16
JamesH read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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The Gruffalo has to be one of both myself and my sons favourite stories. The beautiful images and easy to read story make it a lovely book to read. My son enjoys the subtle rhyming throughout the story and meeting all the animals along the way. I think the book gives a lovely message to children. 
7th July '16
I read it to Fifi aged 4 aged 4
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It took a while for us to succumb to Julia Donaldson and then we bought the 10 book set in a lovely little carry bag! Eleanor loved watching the Gruffalo's child on the TV so I thought it was time to get her into the books so she could start learning to read he words.
It turns out Eleanor doesn't need to learn to read the words as she knows them all off by heart! I think it must be a class favourite as when we sat down for the first time she ended up narrating practically the whole book from memory.
It's an extremely well written book and I can see why every child on the land loves it. It flows and with the repetition of the 'he has knobbly knees' paragraph it pulls them in to remember the story from memory. Eleanor loves all the characters with the mouse being her favourite.
The illustrations are also fantastic and really make you feel as if you are in the book with the characters.
I can now see why this book is a bestseller and I think it will have many more reads in this household!
 
26th May '16
I read it myself (an adult) & to SuperLiam aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
My son is now 7 and he absolutely still loves the gruffalo it's a fun adventure through the woods, lovely colourful illstratitons and easy to read text. 
11th October '16
I read it to Nathy aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
My son's favourite book. He knows some of the sentences by heart he has me read it so many times.  The illustrations are great and he loves looking at them and pointing out all the different things he can find. My son finds it really funny especially when they talk about things like owl ice cream etc.
27th November '16
alexia read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
I love this book because it has a lot of things in it for little children to learn.
26th May '16
I read it myself (an adult)
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Such a well known book which I thoroughly enjoyed as a child, and I will be sure to read to my daughter too!
27th May '16
I read it to WeeC aged 8 months aged 0
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Every child I've read this to has loved it. As a adult I enjoy reading it too. Fun and lively story.,
8th November '16
I read it to RCHogan aged 2 aged 2 & to AIHogan aged 1 aged 1
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This modern classic is a firm favourite - with my children and me! This is the first book that my son selected himself for his bedtime story!
The illustrations are beautiful, cheerful and bright and the bouncy, rhyming text grabbed my children's attention right from the off. It's a fantastic tale of brains over brawn and The Gruffalo himself is a treat for the imagination!
As my children are getting older there are lots of points for discussion and details to pull out on the picture; we've read it countless times over the last two years and it's still just as appealing to them now.
The book itself has lasted very well, considering all the use it gets! 
22nd July '17
I read it to George13 aged 4 aged 4
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Fantastic book to read before bed. 4 year old loves it. Mouse is a great character! We love the descriptions of the Gruffalo.
9th August '16
I read it to Arthur aged 2 aged 2 & to WillP aged 4 aged 4
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This is well loved-wonderful characters, great rhymes, and Axel Scheffler does the most amazing illustrations. It's just one we find ourselves drawn back to time and time again. Lovely humour, just a bit scary! 
9th July '17
I read it to Lh09 aged 8 aged 8 & to Lh27 aged 6 aged 6
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Kids love this book and know it off by heart! There's no such thing as a gruffal......oh!

A great way to show kids that you can be small with a great brain and win over the big scary people!
8th June '16
I read it to Daisy aged 4 aged 4 & to Violet aged 2 aged 2
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We are a family who love Julia Donaldson books. This one didn't let us down. We loved the rhyming flow throughout the book and the beautifully illustrated pictures.  
It has a brilliant story line that has you trapped right from the beginning and each time we read it, it's just as exciting as it was the first time we picked it up. The characters were all wonderful and the little mouse was so fierce and brave. 
The ending was very funny and we always havtoto read it 2-3 times in each sitting. 
7th February '16
I read it to Lego boy aged 7 aged 7 & to Train boy aged 4 aged 4
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The Gruffalo  is deservingly one of our favourite children's books. The rhyming prose is so ingrained into my memory, I hardly even have to read the book any longer - more recite it! My children have read it so many times, that they can even recite it with me.
For those who may be approaching the Gruffalo for the first time, it is the story of a mouse who takes a walk in the deep dark wood in search of acorns. During his walk, he meets fox, owl, and snake, who all think mouse would make a tasty snack. Clever and inventive mouse, creates an imaginary friend called the Gruffalo, a animal that terrifies fox, snake and owl into leaving mouse in one piece. Nobody is more surprised than mouse though, when he comes across a Gruffalo - who is also partial to mouse for tea!  Mouse uses his clever powers of persuasion and creative imagination to work his way out of a tricky situation.

I can't imagine there is a child who doesn't love The Gruffalo. Highly recommended!
4th March '17
Ameliad read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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I really like reading this book I like the pictures and like that the words rhyme, it's fun to read and I read it to my mummy 
9th August '17
I read it to Jaanu aged 5 aged 5
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Great story about a mouse who goes into the woods and meets a Grufflo. We have read this book countless times - it is a classic. 
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Julia Donaldson is a highly talented author of some of the best-loved children’s books in the world.  Born in London in 1948 she grew up with her younger sister Mary who she loved to create imaginary characters with.  

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Axel Scheffler is an acclaimed illustrator, animator and more recently author of children's books. He was born in Hamburg in 1957 and moved to England in 1982 in order to study illustration at the Bath Academy of Art. He then worked for a variet...

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