Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
- This is the story of a walk in the dark, dangerous woods…
- The rhyming story and illustration are both brilliant
- This book is a real winner and a favourite for all to treasure.
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
'We love describing all the different animals in the illustrations...'
When we first read this book Anton was a bit scared and we didn't get to the end. A couple of months later he now loves it. The rhymes are great and we love describing all the different animals in the illustrations.
About the author
Julia Donaldson is one of today's most popular writers. Her bestselling titles include The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom. Although she is best-known for her picture books, Julia also writes longer novels, plays and songs. She lives in Glasgow and spends a lot of time on stage performing her brilliant sell-out singalong shows!
What families say
As you can probably tell from my name, this is my son's absolute favourite book, it was the first bedtime story that we read to him when he was 4 months old and he still loves to hear it 15 months later. The story and rhymes are great as are the brilliant illustrations. We love it.
This is one of my son's favourite books. He knows the story off by heart. He loves it when we make up different voices for the characters and loves talking about all the different creatures in the pictures.
My little boy really loved the wart on the Gruffalo's nose! Lots of pointing and laughing - we had to spend ages reading the page and going back to look again! Lots of fun, loved it...we're going to find some more Julia Donaldson to read next for sure!
My daughter got the Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's Child books as a birthday present (it was her 3rd birthday) and they immediately became her favourites. She knows the Gruffalo almost by heart (with some help from mummy or daddy) and we often recite it on our way to gymnastics classes or when we are waiting for our order in a restaurant or a cafe.
Both books are a pleasure to read and work great to train a child's memory as you just can't stop reciting them. They are also brilliant for helping a child to use different voices and faces when speaking for different characters!
Oh, and when we are in a crowded place and our daughter starts wondering away, instead of saying her name we would say 'Where are you going to, little brown mouse?' She starts giggling and gets right back to us.
I have shared this book with Lucy since she was a bump still in my tummy. She is now one and it is part of our bedtime routine, she loves it :0)
We've read this story 8 times in the month we've had it, and we have lots of books. I enjoy doing the voices and my son finds it enthralling! Julia Donaldson is our favourite author!
this is a super book , both my boys love it. they act out the parts and the older one likes to do different voices for the animals
This book was given to my son as a gift when he was born. It is one of the first books I read to him at bed time, has become a favourite of ours and is always greeted with a smile. Still only 9 months old, he can clearly recognise the rhymes in the story and he already sits for the entire book. He especially likes the last page when I whisper 'all was quiet in the deep dark wood.....'.
At the moment my little one is too small to really understand the story so its more about me putting voices on, looking at the colours and her just enjoying the time with me but i love reading this book to her, i never get bored of it.
Both my boys love this book! My eldest aged 4 has been reading it for a while and knows the words. It has really helped his reading confidence
I started reading the gruffalo to my daughter when she was 1, she's now 2 1/2 & it's still 1 of the favourites, in fact it's been read so much she reads what she can remember to her 18mth old brother.
The Gruffalo is my oldest son's favourite book, he loves me doing the different voices & even does them himself now. A fab book to share
Eva is only 11 months old but Eva loves this story. She gets excited when she comes across the different animals. We have read the story to her a number of times but she still brings it back to us time after time to re read. I love Julia Donaldson stories they are all fantastic and easy to read and the rhyming makes them easy to remember. I am a supply teacher and even junior children love The Gruffalo and other stories by Julia Donaldson.
I love Julia Donaldson's books! They are illustrated beautifully and are lovely books to share at bedtime. The Gruffalo is one of our favourite books at home & my son always smiles & coos to the pictures.
I shared this book with my godson when he was younger, and ended up knowing it off by heart! I bought the board book version for my son as his first book, and love reading it after his bath, complete with the different voices for the snake, owl, fox etc.
All the children I look after love this book so much it's always top of the list when I ask them to choose a story for me to read, from babies to 8 year olds they never get fed up of it and always join in.
My daughter had this book when she was 2 & still enjoys it now aged 4. We also have the Gruffalo memory game which she loves playing & reciting lines from the book which are included. The story has a lovely rhythm to it & is really well illustrated.
An instant hit in our house. Matthew refers to this book as "teeth" (Terrible Teeth in his terrible jaws).
Mummy often recites to him when out and about and we play game together pointing at different parts of our bodies that correspond with Julia's rhyme such as knobbly knees or turned out toes
... we have a peg jigsaw of the gruffalo too and will go through the Gruffalo story as we complete the jigsaw
I have been reading this to my son for a while and now he is 4 months old he loves the different characters. He has started to laugh all the way through this book.
Adore this book my little one chooses this book as one of his bedtime books nearly every night and never gets bored of it. And got to admit I love it too.
We first read this book when he was 1and he got given it for his birthday. she is a amazing author and we now not only own her vast collection off books dvds but we also been to theater show and own three mouses as a direct result. Helped my sons speech and his understandin of creatures and what's make believe and not. Perfect family book as are all hers would also recommend zog by same author
Daniel is only 6 months old but we love reading this with him and trying to do all the different voices.
this book is fantastic: my son loves the book and loved watching on the bbc production of it. even in summer when we went for a walk in the wood he was re enacting the story looking under logs for snake etc
Love this book, first read it at the library and then bought my little girl the set. they are a little to long for her at the minute but she loves her books so look forward to reading this to her a lot more.
My son loves this story
This is a great book, it appeals to all ages. Both our sons (7months and 3years) love it and its a delight to read.
I love the story of Gruffalo, and even though my daughter is only a year I read it to her and to my surprise she politely listened. I would recommend it to all older children.
My 5 month old son loves this book, we have read it to him almost every day for the last 3months! I think it's the rhyming, we all love the gruffalo! Infact we love all Julia Donaldsons books! Fantastic x
We bought this book after it was televised at Christmas. I love doing the different voices. My son loves anything that is remotely scary.
This is an engaging story of a clever little mouse. My toddler loves reading the Gruffalo!
Fraser loves this story and we read it to him over and over. He loves Room on the broom too. He even joins in with the story he's been read them so much!
This book is great and I think it is fab that the BBC made an animation of it- as a family this is a firm favourite!
Fantastic story! We also bought the touch & feel edition Matthew loves it!!
My Girls Love This Book (3 yrs & 2 yrs) and it's one of our favourites to read together!
My son not only loves this book because it rhymes but even finishes the sentences.Great characters
My son loves the book, loves the cartoon. Just a fantastic story.
I have been reading this book to my son since he was very tiny. Seems to love it. It's had lovely pictures and a poem/ rhyme throughout. Of course every story needs a monster! I see this in being a favourite in the future.
A fantastic book - it is just as wonderful now reading it to my daughter as it was when my mum read it to me.
This was a present for Rufus' first Christmas from his big sister when he was just a week old. We have read it to him most nights since then and now, at almost 18 months old it is definately one of his favourite books along with The Gruffalo's Child. It was particularly amusing when Rufus began sounding out "Oh help, oh no, it's a Gruffalo" at around 9 months :0) I would highly recommend this book for any child.
A definite favourite in our house... my son was bought this when he was born and it's been read 100's of times... never gets boring!
my boys enjoy this book they know most of the words.
When my daughter was younger this book scared her, but its now a firm favourite in our house, along with The Gruffalos Child xx
We thouroughly enjoyed this very descriptive book, and the very clever mouse who managed to outwit all the other animals. We just loved the end when mouse settles down to have his snack. Love the way the story rhymes
My daughter loves reading this story.
We love reading this book together.
my daughter loves this book she reads along to it and when ever we go pass lots of trees she starts telling the story
My little girl loves this book and its such fun to read!!
My son loves this book to read time and time again, a truly great book for all ages.
we all enjoyed this book every night for a month
my three year old knows this word for word and loves every minute of it. It's a wonderful book
All my Children have fallen in love with this book
my daughter loves the guffalo book
Wonderful book bought for my son when he was born. We try and act out the animals for our son to get his attention more which he seems to like.
My two and three year olds love the Gruffalo. They always laugh when I use different voices and I always end reading it five times, if not more. Love the pictures and the way it rhymes. One we will always treasure.
A truly wonderful book – my 18 month old regularly chooses this one from the shelf. It is amusing to read for both her and myself with lovely illustrations. Everyone should have a copy of this story.
My 3 and 2-year-olds sons love this book – both of them can sit and tell you the story word for word...it makes me smile to see them really enjoy reading
My son is only 7 months old - but already adores the wonderful rhymes within the story. I get equal pleasure from the lovely story and wonderful illustration. I know this will be a book that we continue to read together for many years.
We first read this book when the Gruffalo was part of Red Nose Day. We have since enjoyed making masks and various other activities. My son turns the pages too quick for me to read the full story though!!
At the moment The Gruffalo is my daughter's firm favourite and we read it every night before she goes to bed! She particular likes the end and joins in saying 'Gruffalo Crumble'!
I loved it when small so at a library story time ask them to read it alot and my liitle one pronounces gruffalo as "alo " "alo" book...so amused when I hear It
I bought a book pack all from Julia Donaldson and my little man also loves this he joins in and stamps and pretends to be a gruffalo. This is also good because the kids can join in and read along as it rhymes and repeats itself slightly so it's easy for them to read along.
A beautiful story about a courageous mouse who outfoxes the woodland creatures who intend on eating him as he takes a stroll through the forest. Great illustrations and although my son will not often sit for a longer story, he adores this classic.
The Gruffalo Sound Book - my daughter loved pressing the buttons to get the animal sounds. This made the story more interactive as she had to press the correct sounds with the symbols in the book.
Rory loves this book so much that mummy knows it by heart. He has learnt words such as fox, mouse, eyes etc .
My child loves it. She gets it out herself to look at and touches each picture or she gives it to us to read and she laughs at the animals. Fantastic pictures and rhyming. We have borrowed it from the library and have renewed it at least once.
Really engaging and fun to read together
Excellent book, really recommend a read and definitely gets your childs imagination working.
We loved the book. In fact we went to see the musical theater show in London too. My daughter simply loves it and narrates roasted fox, scrambled snake etc.
We have a Gruffalo teddy who helps mummy tell the story. I like it when the Gruffalo first appears. He is not very scary though
Love this book
We read this book over and over again and my little one never tires of it... She even reads it back to me now! That 'fearsome' mouse has her in stitches as it tricks all those other creatures.
We love sharing this book at bedtime. I have been reading it to Lilly since she was tiny and now at 18 months she is very familiar with it, she points at the pictures and gives the mouse a kiss at the end. I love the rhyming story and the great illustrations
My 18month old absolutely loves this book and the gruffalos child he will fetch them to me to read its so cute we recommend xx
The story and illustration is great, it really captures jago's imagination. He learnt about different animals and loved the rhythms. It's a book he never tires of.
This book was recently brought to life for us with puppets during a Bounce and Rhyme session at our local library. Young children of various ages were captivated. A clever and fun story of brains triumphing over brawn!
My little boy loves the different voice that we use for the animals. X fab book
My little girl loves this book. It is our regular bedtime read.
My son is 2 and absolutely loves the Gruffalo and all the Julia Donaldson books. Highly recommended
One of our favourites. An absolute classic!
My little girl loves this book. She acts out each character and repeats her favourite sentences over and over again.
Although Isla is only 5wks old, as I read the story to her she was alert and smiling. As a nursery nurse this story is one of my all time favourites, along with a lot of the other Julia Donaldson books.
Read the book was well written and exciting. There is good meaning behind the story. Child really enjoyed it. Lovely pics and very colourful. It is fun and exciting book to enjoy with your child.
I love reading this book to my 3 month old son, I read it at bedtime and because it's a rhyme it helps to send him to sleep. This has made our bedtime routine work perfectly!
Prior to reading this with my son, I was frankly fed up of hearing about it! However, as soon as we shared it, it became clear why it's such a firm favourite with everyone! Cheery, rhyming story that oozes charm with lovely, bright illustrations. My little boy loves to snuggle up and listen and equally, "read" the book to himself while he strokes the pictures! A definite modern classic.
We love reading this to our 14 month old and he loves it too
Awesome.... read it all the time.
Very imaginative story to share with a child
After doing this book at nursery we made a gruffalo and went on a gruffalo hunt My 3 year old loved it
Love this book and Thomas enjoys looking at the beautiful illustrations. A real favorite for us!
We read this book before and lots of times after going on a Gruffalo trail, Kids love the story and all the crafts that can go along side it
Super and enjoyable read.
Caolan loved this book and knows it word for word he now talks about woods and animals you find and had to go looking for the snake and owl and fox.
Wonderful book! Dexter loves anything by Julia Donaldson!
A great book. The rhyming is fun and easy to read. Sasha loves it.
my little one and i loved the book! we read it so many times that i know it by heart. the smart little mouse overcomes the challenges that come in his way. i found the rhyme very musical.
Absolutely brilliant read & love the illustrations:) My daughter loves the voices!
Great book to share with children of all ages. My daughter loves the different characters and now that she can read she reads the part of the mouse.
My son absolutely loves this book! I love reading it to him. I love that he learns from the repetition and rhyming! Definitely recommend this book. I've read this to him since he was tiny and he will sit and listen to the whole story at just 1 year old!
Really enjoyed this book very lyrical. It sucks you into the deep dark wood with precise descriptions.