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The Gruffalo (Picture Books) Hardcover – February 7, 2005
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The Gruffalo is a delightfully irreverent story about a mouse and an imaginary monster, sure to please grown-ups as well as children. This is a case where you CAN judge the book by its humorous cover, and you won't be disappointed. Axel Scheffler's brightly colored and too-silly-to-be-really-scary illustrations set the tone for this light-hearted romp through multiple layers of comic irony; and Julia Donaldson's marvelous doggerel perfectly realizes the mouse's sprightly character.
It's much more than great fun, though. The Gruffalo also has tremendous resonance with familiar elements of Western culture. This is a story that Carl Jung, Mircea Eliade, and Joseph Campbell all could love. It's a perfect little Hero's Journey: it's got "the deep dark wood," a confrontation with the Monster Within, and a victorious return to the ordinary world where a nut is good. Had this been a fable of Aesop, we could expect our hero to be eaten right in the middle, and we would be left with some such lesson as "Don't be too clever for your own good." Instead, our mythical mouse makes his Eternal Return bearing a subtle wisdom that echoes the teachings of the world's greatest mystics.
The very structure of the story is classic, reminiscent of the great repetitive folk tales, such as "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," "The Three Little Pigs," or "The Little Red Hen." The mouse's encounter with a dangerous predator is repeated with slight variation in the wording three times (yes, three times, as in three crows of a cock, three days in the belly of the fish, three temptations under a bo tree...Read more ›
His mother asked, "What do you mean by that, Oliver?"
Oliver replies, "Well because it's cold and snowy for the Gruffaloe's child. I like to tuck into you or Daddy whilst it's read and then I don't feel the cold from the book. It's quite a scary story too because I think the Big Bad Mouse will suddenly appear but really he's only a teeny, tiny mouse that the moon makes big.
"It's fun because all the pages rhyme. The best bit goes Aha! Oho! trails in the snow and when you hear this, you know something will get found but it's not always the Big Bad Mouse. I like the Owl best because he's got big eyes peeping out of the tree trunk."
Armchair Interviews says: Oliver, at age five loves to read. We have learned that if Oliver recommends a book, it's a must read. And The Gruffalo's Child is no exception.
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Who wouldn’t love to eat a mouse? If you lived in a forest, a owl, a snake or fox would love to get their hands on a tasty mouse but if there is a gruffalo nearby, there is no way... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Live Outside
Bought this for my grandson He loves to have this read to him.Published 2 days ago by Jonathan D Skaggs
Excellent, story worth more than 5 stars.. Hardback was wee made and has stood up to my 2 year old so far.Published 6 days ago by W in Lufkin Tx
Love this book. Clever, smart and funny. Written very well and kids love the story even if they don't understand the underlying cleverness. Great book.Published 9 days ago by Joshyjosh00
This one and (room on the broom) are my favorite it remains me of my child hood, there are not that many Innocent movies like this! Yes you hear right!!! Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of my favorite books to read my son. Cute story of how a little but clever guy can beat the big guy.Published 10 days ago by Lexi NJ
I purchased this as a part of a book collection for a baby gift. It's super cute and very well made for a board book. The imagery is very bright and super cute. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer