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*National Parenting Publication Award (NAPPA): Gold Winner 2012* 2011 Academy Award Nominee for Best Short Film! An animated film based on the classic children's picture book, The Gruffalo tells the magical tale of a mouse who takes a walk though the woods in search of a nut. Encountering three animals who all wish to eat him - a fox, an owl and a snake - the plucky mouse has to use his wits to survive. He announces that he is meeting a monster with terrible features, a 'Gruffalo', and the three animals are each panicked into running away. Mouse is now increasingly confident; there is nothing that can touch him..... or so he thinks. That is, until he rounds a corner and comes face-to-face with the terrible creature of his imagination: the Gruffalo himself! Beautifully animated and appropriate for children of all ages. Features the voices of Helena Bonham Carter, James Corden, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Robbie Coltrane, Rob Brydon
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This book is along the lines of the "Little Engine that Could" and "A good line can get you out of (and into) trouble". The animation in the DVD and the artwork in the book are both Oscar and Pulitzer Prize worthy (the DVD won one). Your kids, friends (maybe not the really sophisticated ones who still smoke a pipe in their dressing gown), grandparents, grandkids, will love it.... How can you not love the story of this mouse that just wanted an acorn... any acorn, but, oh no, there are birds and foxes and snakes and the Gruffalo to contend with..., Wonderful story... especially with a young one on your lap. What's even more enchanting, is finding the little nuances in the DVD, like where the bugs hit the spider web as they trail along after the mouse.
We haven't read this story yet, so it will be interesting to see how the two compare.