In this post we review another classic childrens’ book, The Gruffalo. It is written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
Julia Donaldson is famous children’s author. Before embarking on her writing career, she studied Drama and French at Bristol University and spent time travelling and busking. From there she moved onto writing for children’s television shows.
The Gruffalo : The Gruffalo (Paperback)

“Oh help, oh no – It’s the Gruffalo”

Most of you will know what happens in this story. But in case you don’t, a little mouse is  taking a stroll through a “deep, dark wood” when along comes a hungry fox, then an owl, and then a snake…

Our Mouse is good enough to eat but smart enough to know this. With cunning and guile Mouse  wangles his way out of a tricky situation with the invention of  …..  the Gruffalo!

As Mouse explains to those who would eat him, the Gruffalo is a creature with many terrible features including “knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of its nose”. He is soon the master situation with this invention. Until he meets something even more surprising on his journey through the deep dark woods.

In the dangerous world of fox-eats-mouse, The Gruffalo shows us the inspiring cunning of a little creature outsmarting its much larger competitor.

The follow up story to this, The Gruffalo’s Child is structured in a very similar way and is also a very fun read. Both of these have been illustrated by Axel Scheffler. He is a German book illustrator best known for his cartoon-like pictures for children’s books.

This book is available the Munch Cupboard online store:

If your kids are a fan of The Gruffalo, be sure to try this recipe for Gruffalo Crumble and these could go really well with Chelsea Winter’s Swedish Meatballs.

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