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The Gruffalo Paperback – Picture Book, March 2, 2006

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The Gruffalo The Gruffalo's Child Room on the Broom The Snail and the Whale
Read more by Julia Donaldson! Julia Donaldson's rhyming text and Axel Scheffler's brilliant, characterful illustrations come together in this perfect read aloud. The funny and adorable sequel to The Gruffalo. A friendly witch, hungry dragon, and muddy monster learn about friendship, and readers will delight in the surprising (and not too scary) ending. When a tiny snail meets a humpback whale, the two travel together to far-off lands.

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"Young readers will love the humor in this preposterous story. . . . Serve this one for a rollicking good time." - "School Library Journal"

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Julia Donaldson is the internationally bestselling author of many popular books for children. Her Smarties Prize-winning modern classic, The Gruffalo, has sold more than 13.5 million copies worldwide, and the Halloween favorite Room on the Broom is a perennial best seller. In addition to children's books, she has written many children's plays and songs and runs regular storytelling workshops. She was the Waterstones Children's Laureate from 2011-2013.

Axel Scheffler is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed illustrator of some of the most well-loved children’s books, including Julia Donaldson’s best-selling modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold millions of copies worldwide. He lives in London.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Puffin Books; Illustrated edition (March 2, 2006)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 26 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0142403873
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0142403877
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 - 7 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ AD510L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Preschool - 2
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 4.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10.5 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
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Julia Donaldson is a top selling author of children’s books with over 65 million books sold worldwide. Among her greatest successes are Room on the Broom, The Gruffalo and Stick Man (all illustrated by Axel Scheffler), What the Ladybird Heard (illustrated by Lydia Monks) and The Giant Jumperee (illustrated by Helen Oxenbury). Julia’s books have been translated into over 72 languages.

Julia lives in the UK with her husband Malcolm and divides her time between Sussex in the South and Edinburgh in Scotland. From 2011 to 2013, she was the UK Children’s Laureate. Julia writes fiction, poems, plays and songs, as well as picture books. The TV films of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom have both been nominated for Oscars.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great story
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I love this story, my bigs used to watch the movie all the time so I thought I would buy the book for my little. We were really excited to read it until we opened the book; the pages are out of order and half the book is upside down. We will be requesting a refund.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un acierto
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un acierto
Reviewed in Spain on December 29, 2017
En mi caso adquirí la versión de libro de tapa blanda más el CD de audio. Prestar atención al tipo de encuadernación que compráis, existe mucha diferencia entre ellos. En el caso del de tapa blanda tampoco os esperéis nada maravilloso en su encuadernación....lo importante es la historia, los dibujos, las rimas...

El libro es un clásico, para mi un indispensable que no puede faltar en cualquier casa dónde exista un niño pequeño. Creo que a partir de dos años o dos años y medios se puede empezar con la lectura de este ejemplar, aunque quizá hasta los cinco años los niños no entiendan la picardía del ratón y como consiguió engañar a todos.

El protagonista de El Gruffalo es un ratón. La historia de la caminata del ratón a través del bosque se desarrolla en dos fases, en tanto, el ratón utiliza la astucia para evadir el peligro.
El ratón va a dar un paseo en el bosque y en su camino se encuentra con varios animales peligrosos (un zorro, un búho y una serpiente). Cada uno de estos animales, es evidente la intención de comer el ratón, le invita a regresar a su casa para una comida. El ratón astuto declina cada oferta. Para disuadir a los nuevos avances, le dice a cada animal que se va a cenar con su amigo, un Gruffalo, cuya comida favorita pasa a ser el animal en cuestión. El ratón se describen las características extrañas de la anatomía de lo monstruoso de Gruffalo. Miedo de que la Gruffalo puede comer ellos, cada uno huye de los animales. El ratón se regodea en sí mismo, sabe que el Gruffalo es un monstruo de ficción:
Tonto viejo zorro / lechuza / serpiente, no lo sabe? no hay tal cosa como un Gruffalo!
Después de que ha visto fuera el último animal, sin embargo, el ratón se sorprende al encontrarse con un Gruffalo real, oso y horribles y con todas las características miedo el ratón pensó que estaba inventando. Fiel a su reputación, la Gruffalo amenaza para comer el ratón, pero de nuevo el ratón es astuto. Él le dice a la Gruffalo que él, el ratón, es el más temible de los animales en el bosque. Riendo, el Gruffalo se compromete a seguir el ratón como demuestra cómo todo el mundo le tiene miedo. La caminata de dos por el bosque, encontrando a su vez, los animales que habían amenazado anteriormente con el ratón. Cada uno está aterrorizado por la visión de la pareja y se va, y cada vez que el Gruffalo se vuelve más impresionado con la dureza aparente del ratón. La explotación de este, el ratón amenaza con comer la Gruffalo, que se huye.
La historia está basada en un cuento popular chino tradicional de un zorro que toma prestado el terror de un tigre. Donaldson era incapaz de pensar en rimas para “tigre” para inventar una para “conocer” en su lugar.

A mi las imágenes del cuento me encantan, los colores, las expresiones de los animales, el paisaje....creo que está muy cuidado.

Respecto al CD de audio incluye la historia leída completa, acompañada de los ruidos de los animales, el bosque etc. Esto ayuda mucho sobretodo si nuestro nivel de inglés no es tan alto como quisiéramos. Después de la historia está la canción del Gruffalo que para los niños será un éxito asegurado.

Lo volvería a comprar sin duda.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book and good quality
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 4, 2018
I love this book. My son is really into the gruffalo at the moment so I got him the go ok boards for his birthday as they are more sturdy than the paper back for my toddler. Can't wait to read these to him at story time!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scary Is as Scary Does
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 1, 2019
Arrived in perfect condition. Never seen this in a board book version before, I absolutely love it. Immediately read it to my baby who had no clue what I was saying but she smiled the whole way through. Wonderful addition to her growing bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you wish for…
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you wish for…
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 12, 2021
...or make up anyway!

A cunning little mouse is the key character as he persuades some potential predators he meets on his travels that there is a ‘Gruffalo’ in the deep dark wood. Just over half way through, the tide turns but the mouse is even more cunning!

For me, this has everything you could wish for in a story…amazing illustrations from Axel Scheffler as always, accompanied by rhyming text & a regular repeat element to all join in with.

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Originally published back in 1999, this is the chunky board book edition (2017), which measures around 15.25 cm x 19 cm with rounded corners. The atmospheric cover has an almost 3D effect and is enhanced by shiny gold colouring around the names of the author & illustrator that catches in the change of light.
The smaller but more durable format has relatively small text but remains clear to read, in my experience.

Inside are 12 double page spreads (including the inside covers), with no loss at the front or back to title pages, etc.
Simply open the cover and the rhyming story begins.
As usual, the seemingly simple illustrations give lots to talk about, including facial expressions!
And, of course, the ending is 'good'!

A real gem with more in it than first meets the eye!

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From the back cover:

🐁 ‘Explore the deep dark wood and discover what happened when a quick-witted mouse meets a fox, an owl, a snake and…

Oh Help!
Oh no!
A Gruffalo!’

[10 images attached ©Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler/1999]
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