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This special 20th anniversary edition of The Gruffalo is a must-have addition to the bookshelves of all Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler fans - big and small! The Gruffalo 20th Anniversary Edition features a wrap-around deep dark wood play scene and press-out characters for an interactive reading experience, plus additional book content including The Gruffalo Song lyrics, a Gruffalo quiz, tips for putting on a Gruffalo show - and more! A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood.
A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good. Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with a fox, an owl, a snake . . . and a hungry Gruffalo! Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's The Gruffalo is an undisputed modern classic and has become a bestselling phenomenon around the world. This award-winning rhyming story of a mouse and a monster has found its way into the hearts and bedtimes of an entire generation of children over the past twenty years, and will undoubtedly continue to enchant children for years and years to come. No home should be without The Gruffalo!

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5th February '19
I read it to AParry aged 3 aged 3 & to EParry aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
I have read this book to my daughters hundreds of times and they still absolutely love it. Our first copy was so well loved that it eventually fell apart. The book is beautifully written and holds my daughters attention for the entire story. The illustrations complement it perfectly and give us a lot of extra things to talk about while we read. Our second copy of The Gruffalo is the 20th Anniversary Edition. This edition comes with pop out characters which I made into stick puppets and my 3 year old has thoroughly enjoyed playing with them. The additional content includes a couple of pages on how Julia Donaldson came up with the story and how Axel Scheffler developed the illustrations. I found these sections more interesting than my daughters did! My daughter has only just turned 3 so she enjoyed the Gruffalo song and the quiz but I imagine she will appreciate the ideas for putting on her own Gruffalo show more when she's slightly older. 
18th February '19
I read it myself (an adult) & to Connoradamson aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
Connor absolutely loved to read the gruffalo book with mummy, Connor thought it was very funny! 
Connors favourite character was the mouse as he was sneaky  
12th February '19
I read it to Hedgehogs 1-2 aged 5 to 7
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5 stars
We already loved the Gruffalo but this book reignited our love for the story! The story itself is a wonderful rhyming tale that the children always enjoying joining in with. We really enjoyed the extra activities included in the book, particularly learning the Gruffalo song! 
10th March '19
I read it to TomasG aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
My nephew is already a big fan of The Gruffao book, and this anniversary edition is an exceptional addition to his collection. He especially likes the play scene which encourages him to create his own version of the story. The cut outs are great to play with, but a grown up might need to assist the child as the paper might be a little too delicate to be popped out by clumsy little hands
2nd February '19
I read it to ERK aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
This is my daughters new favourite book to read at bedtime and nap time. The illustrations are lovely and the story is fun to read. This edition also has a play scene and cut out characters that I’m sure she will love when she’s older (I’m not sure they’d survive her at the moment - 19 months). 
28th January '19
I read it to Samanna1 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
My daughter was so happy to receive this today. She loves watching the Gruffalo and so is so happy to have the book of it. We’ve read it three times already this afternoon. It came with a pop out playset too which she thought was amazing and has been playing with that none stop. It also has a song inside which she has had ago at and has a section inside about drawing the Gruffalo. Which is amazing to see. Love this book so much. 
28th January '19
I read it to Lisaanne aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This story and the illustrations are amazing. We did not previously own a copy of The Gruffalo so this is a great copy to own because of the extra bonus content aswell. The bonus content is really good because there is a deep dark wood play scene inside the jacket of the book and press out characters to role play the story with. There are words to the song, questions and extra facts and information about the book. 
28th January '19
I read it to Raashid aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This book arrived this morning and to be honest as we’ve already got The Gruffalo, I wasn’t expecting my toddler to be very interested. How wrong I was! This 20th Edition version comes with a ‘Deep Dark Wood’ play scene and my 3 yr old couldn’t wait for me to pop out the characters so he could re-enact the story himself! He happily spent the afternoon playing with the characters and when he was done we sat and went through the story whilst he was the director to the characters!
To end with we sang along to ‘The Gruffalo Song’ featured at the back of the book whilst watching Julia sing the song on the Gruffalo website. 
The lovely aspect is that the book contains ‘fun facts’ about ‘The Gruffalo’ and features by the author and the illustrator, making it appealing to older readers too. 
A fantastic version of the book to commemorate 20 years and a must have for all Gruffalo fans!
31st December '18
I read it to Albert aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
My son absolutely loves this book. He loves it so much that he can read bits of the book with me. He really likes the mouse in the story more then the gruffalo. Brilliant read 
4th February '19
I read it to Cora14 aged 4 aged 4 & to Kion16 aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
My son loves the gruffalo and really enjoyed playing with the woodland scene on this one and also all the new content. All my kids loved singing the song and doing the puzzles. Can't believe it's 20 years alot though. Definitely one for any fans 
29th January '19
I read it to Abi aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
We LOVE The Gruffalo in our family. The story is easy to read and the kids learn the lines so quickly and easily. 

The 20th anniversary edition is fantastic. With a background play scene and cut out characters my 3 year old daughter had hours of fun acting out the story with her sister. 
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