A clever mouse outsmarts his predators by telling them his good friend the gruffalo — “a creature with terrible claws, and terrible tusks in his terrible jaws” — will eat them. When the imaginary monster actually appears, the mouse manages to outsmart him as well. This humorous, rhyming story is complemented by charming watercolor illustrations.


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  1. The wording is great, it teaches kids to be descriptive and expressive. I love the pictures.

    This is an all time favorite in my house!!!

  2. my kids love her books. They are a funny read at any age. Great author

  3. The rhymes are full of surprises and are very funny – I like the
    descriptions of what the gruffalo eats the best – roasted fox, owl ice
    cream and scrambled snake! I enjoyed it so much that I had to finish the
    story off myself when my daughter decided she’d had enough.

  4. There is a story behid this book as i tell my kids you need to have your milk to be cleaver like the mouse.

  5. I am a preschool teacher and my children over this book they love
    the way i read it will special voices and cant get enough of it but i do
    recommend not reading this book before bed.

  6. when my son won’t fall off to sleep i read this book as he is scared of the claws and falls very fast.

  7. Julia Donaldson is a wonderful writer.

    Kids love her books. They are a funny read at any age.

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