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Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when the quick-thinking mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake and a hungry gruffalo . . . This sturdy board book edition of the bestselling modern classic is perfect for even the youngest child.

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18th July '17
I read it to SPH aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
This is my little boys favourite at the moment! It's a great book I really enjoy reading it to him. My little one is only 2, so he does still get distracted sometimes with it being a longer story. The characters are lovely and the illustrations in the book are perfect too. Definitely a must have for children!
6th February '17
alexia read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
When I was little I loved this book it was so funny I miss reading it :)
24th April '17
I read it myself (an adult) , to TobyB31 aged 3 aged 3 & to CharlieB16 aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
We love this book especially at bedtime! We like all the describing words and the "gruffalo concoctions" that the animals eat 
24th April '17
I read it to matilda2016 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
A classic!  We love this book, it is such a good story and never gets boring no matter how many times you read it.
10th July '17
I read it to cr aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
one of our favorite stories that we love to share
a fun story with brilliant illustrations and a funny ending 
16th September '17
I read it to ElijahG aged 4 aged 4 & to MarthaG aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
Who doesn't love the Gruffalo?!  A beautiful, engaging, fun story which kids adore!  Simple rhyming makes it super easy to remember and talk about when you're out walking in the woods.  
10th August '17
I read it to Explorer T aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
This is without doubt Tom's favourite book, it's lovely to read to a child too - the sing song rhymes seem to engross and lull them! It has the the right amount of "horridness" to appeal to children too. Perfect.
7th February '17
I read it to juniorslater aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
Best book ever!
I love my mum reading this and we have even got actions for all the thing that the mouse does. We use this book for acting things out as well. 
18th April '17
Esa Mahmood Asghar read it themselves aged 13 aged 13
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5 stars
"Silly old Fox. Doesn't he know? There's no such thing as a Gruffalo?"

A little mouse is feasting on an acorn, when he spies a beautiful tree, bursting with acorns. He begins his perilous journey only to find that he is being followed by a Fox.

"Where are you going to, little brown mouse?
Come and have lunch in my underground house."

However the Mouse's quick-thinking gets him out of every dire situation. However what the Mouse doesn't know, is that the Gruffalo isn't as made up as he thinks.

"Oh help! Oh no!
It's a Gruffalo!"

In my opinion, this is the best childrens book ever written. The author, Julia Donaldson, is an extremely talented writer.

It has also been adapted into a short cartoon. The cartoon is really nice, and is a beautiful animation.
5th September '16
I read it to Ckelly2013 aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
After a few friends recommended this book I borrowed a copy. My 3 year old daughter loved it. We read it everyday for a week. I love the repetition and the rhyming. My daughter now knows the book off by heart. When it gets to the part where they say 'what's a gruffalo?' I dong get the chance to read it because my daughter has already said it with such great excitement. I highly recommend this book. It's brilliantly written and the pictures are amazing.
3rd July '17
I read it to pe324 aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
Lovely book, full of rhyme and repetition so very engaging for little ones.  It is a well known book for a reason! My LO loves it when we imitate the sound of the all the animals, and quite often races through the pages to get to the gruffalo.  Read again and again in our house.
10th October '16
PoppyEC read it themselves aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Poppy loved this story, and continues to talk about it daily. Poppy loved the illustrations and forest the Gruffalo lives in. She was particularly taken with the Gruffalo himself! She really enjoyed the story and wants to see more like this!
6th November '16
I read it to CCR06 aged 9 aged 9 , to LCR08 aged 8 aged 8 & to GCR13 aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
We all, at various times, have loved this book. All 3 of my children love that the mouse is so clever and tricks The Gruffalo. They love the description of The Gruffalo and pretend to be scared of him! They all giggle at the types of food that the mouse would turn him into!
As ever the illustrations are brilliant and help to add atmosphere to the story.
Strangely, despite knowing the story well, all of the kids found the animation quite scary until they were a little older, about 5.
26th October '18
I read it to phinny_pig aged 1 aged 1 & to linky_sausage aged 8 months aged 0
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5 stars
The first book my youngest ever read! The dialogue is full of delicious rhymes and lends itself easily to reading aloud with different voices. The rhythm is relaxing enough for bedtime, but the plot is exciting enough for an afternoon story. 
6th November '18
Matt2011 read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
This is a brilliant book, it helped me learn to read, I love the rhyming words. 
25th October '17
I read it to Topjosh aged 4 aged 4 & to Sophieduck aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
Fantastic book for all ages. Great to read with the rhyming verse. Both my son and daughter both under 5 love to hear of the mouses adventure. I love to read it and they love to listen.
10th October '16
I read it to Ibby aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Very clever and interesting tale! My little one loves it. He enjoys joining in as the story reads well and features lots of rhyme - which kids adore. Brill drawings! Big thumbs up!
27th February '18
I read it to Frey aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
The book that started everything off, what a classic! We follow mouse through the deep dark wood as he meets and tricks all the creatures looking for their supper, including The Gruffalo himself. Amazing descriptions, rhymes and story although my 3 year old is convinced that one day we will eat owl ice cream for pudding :) 5*
25th May '17
I read it to 5yearold aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This book is incredible!!! I would recommend it to anyone, it is one of the best books that has been written and my children loved every part of it!
7th September '17
I read it to Deaghlan aged 7 aged 7 & to Elexis aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Julia Donaldson is superb. The children love the rhyming, almost sing song way it's written. 
And what a wonderful fictional character.
Even used it to teach my son about adjectives. 
22nd February '17
I read it to Asia aged 7 aged 7 , to Seren aged 4 aged 4 & to Belina aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This book is a firm favourite for all of my girls, nothing better than reading a loved book to children.
12th October '17
I read it to Romeo aged 2 aged 2 & to Harvey10 aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
This is my sons favourite book we read this everyday..he can now read it too and does to his little brother. Great book for humor and to get kids involved.
22nd February '17
I read it to beardy aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Brought this book recently for my 3year old son after he looked at it in nursery and kept talking about this book.
Is now a favourite we read most days and will definitely be buying the next one very soon.
Highly recommend to read to toddlers.
17th September '17
I read it to Leonapie aged 9 aged 9 & to Pre school aged 2 to 4
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5 stars
One of my favourite books have read it so many times to pre school children and my own, all enjoying it. It's about a mouse who is having a walk through the woods when he comes across animals who would normal eat him for dinner so he tells them about a gruffalo and ends up meeting one. 
The rhyming throughout the book makes it interesting to the children and is a boon they love to join in with. 
We have been in many gruffalo hunts and enjoy acting out the story with puppets and masks we make. 
20th March '17
I read it to Lucielocket aged 4 aged 4 & to Mollie aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
Amazing book. Gets kids gripped straight from the start. 
1st March '18
I read it to Leoaidan aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
Brilliant! We read this every bedtime 
17th February '18
I read it to Crouch twins aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
We love this book as a family. From the book to the tv programme and the audio cd! Both my 2 year old boys can recite who is next in the story and they just love the characters. The rhymes and imagery are fantastic and you really get into the story. Fantastic.
31st March '17
I read it to Cool Dude aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Fantastic story which grabs the childs attention quickly. The use of animals in the story my little boy loves. The book leaves you with lots to talk about after the story ends. 
23rd February '17
I read it to Pre-School aged 3 to 5
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5 stars
A firm favourite! Love enticing the children into this book and making them 'jump' when the Grufallo appears! We love to act this story out.
7th March '18
I read it to Leximoo aged 5 aged 5 , to Cora14 aged 3 aged 3 & to Kion16 aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
A huge favourite in our house with all 3 of my kids. Beautiful illustrations and a fun story. My kids love the gruffalo so much we read it at least once a week. Definitely recommend this book 
27th November '16
I read it to Beeeves13 aged 3 aged 3 & to areeves15 aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
I was told about this book by my sister in law as my nephew loved it. From the moment I showed my 2 children the book they were glued. For the first time in a while they would sit patiently whilst I read each page instead of trying to turn the page themselves. 
I love the illustrations they are well thought out and detailed  the story is one that both of my children could easily follow. It's a fun book that isn't too short or long. I have now read this book so many times that I decided to buy them the dvd too. Can't wait to read more from this fantastic author.
18th February '18
Red Devil read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
A quality Donaldson book for children to read with lovely illustrations to keep your child enthralled. 
14th March '17
I read it to Rubiroo aged 4 aged 4 & to Darcm aged 5 months aged 0
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5 stars
A book we had been looking forward to reading as new of the gruffalos trail opens near us. Huge Julia Donaldson fans my under one daughter loved the listening to the rhythms and laughter all the way through it. She loved holding the book and following the story. My four year old was so excited to even see the cover of this book she listened to the story of the mouse and a tale that included a owl, fox,snake and the gruffalo. Brilliantly written and illustrations were fantastic. 
8th September '16
I read it to Soopa aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
This book is a modern children's classic for a good reason.  It's a tale of a cheeky little mouse that cleverly escapes being eaten on his way through the woods. It features fun animal characters and a lovely rhyming story.  We have read this to my daughter since before she was one and we love how as she gets older she remembers it and gets more out of it.  Every child's bookshelf needs a copy of the Gruffalo.
13th November '16
I read it to Lexig aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
I really love to read this to my daughter. The characters are charming. My daughter is now remembering the words and starts reciting them herself :-)
22nd October '16
I read it to juniorslater aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
I absolutely love this book, it is funny and there is a very clever mouse who tricks a big gruffalo.
I think its good because we can pretend to act this story out if we go for walks or at the park.
14th November '16
I read it to Lucielocket aged 4 aged 4 & to Mollie aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
Amazing book for my girls. They love this book and copy the words in the book. My daughter loves the gruffolo but was scared of the mouse. Hehe. They just love everything about this book the illustrations and how easy it captures them. Fab book for all ages. 
22nd June '17
I read it to Charlie14 aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Me and my little boy absolutely love reading this book, if you haven't read it yet I would definitely 100% recommend it. The gruffalo is an easy book to read and so good for learning different types of animals. 
17th October '16
I read it to Darcie aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
Always a favourite in our house, My daughters favourite bit is where the gruffalo does a runner :). the pictures as always are fab!! 
30th October '17
I read it to mrbear aged 6 aged 6 & to mrfox aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
It's a modern Classic. How doesn't like the Gruffalo? All together now..."oh help, oh no, it's a..."
13th September '16
I read it to CaityBelle aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
"There's no such thing as a Gruffalo!"
Such a classic story enjoyed by kids & parents of all ages. This book has been a firm family favourite for all 5 of our children & is still very much enjoyed today. It is one of Caitlin's favourite bedtime stories.
15th August '17
I read it to Mi C aged 4 aged 4 & to J C aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
The Gruffalo is a big bedtime story hit in our family home. 

It's manages to capture the imaginations of tired tiny children. They really connected with this book and wanted to read it again even at young ages! 

Love the characters!
18th September '16
I read it to RubyShep aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
A wonderful book that my daughter loves being read to her everynight, a must have for any child's book collection.
24th October '18
I read it to Anas aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
We really enjoyed reading this popular book. My child was captivated by the book and liked the storyline. 
3rd October '18
I read it to AmeliaRose aged 3 aged 3 & to CharlieBear aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
We love this book! It's in my daughters favourite book pile, her favourite character is the mouse 
23rd October '17
I read it to Babybelle aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
This book has been worn out in our house!! My 4year old neice has loved this story for years and knows it off by heart :) she ends up telling it to me not the other way around :)
9th September '16
I read it to gruffle aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This is a fantastic book, the story is very catching, my 3 years old cannot get enough of it.  The illustrations are beautiful.  This is definitely one of those books that will follow you all through your child hood and even as an adult it is brilliant.  He then acts out the story.  Its really got him into books.
19th March '18
I read it to Madh aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
I read this book to my son when he was 1 years of age. He is 3 this week and without a doubt we read it every week! He absolutely loves this story, and the repetition of the language has really helped him re tell the story! 
23rd October '17
Pengo 3 read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
We like the characters in the book and how you initially are lead to believe the mouse is the underdog and finishes being top dog. It's also pleasant how the story of the book is like a poem and rhythmic.

Would recommend for ages 3-6
26th September '17
I read it to Pasco aged 5 aged 5
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3 stars
Although this is a big favourite with my children, I think it is more likely to be because it is familiar rather than because they really enjoy the book. It isn't much fun to read as an adult I don't think, although I know many will disagree. I think there are far more engaging books out there for this age group.
24th November '17
I read it to NancieNoodles aged 7 aged 7
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3 stars
Such a fun story to read with family of all ages. My daughter loves nothing more but to get comfy in bed and read along to the mouse's journey through the deep dark woods.
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