The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

The Gruffalo
  • 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
Age group: Toddler
Age group: Preschooler

'My daughter's firm favourite..!'

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'!


About the author

Julia Donaldson

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!

Axel Scheffler

Axel was born in Hamburg, Germany. At school he was good at art, but didn't think of a career in illustration until he won a cuddly purple cow in a drawing competition. He moved to England in 1982 to study illustration at the Bath Academy of Art, and then set up home in London. He was the illustrator for Julia Donaldson's first picture book, A Squash and a Squeeze -...
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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.

Rating: 5 star
21 December 2012

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.

Rating: 5 star
23 June 2011

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!

Rating: 5 star
Dave M
20 December 2010

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.

Rating: 5 star
10 July 2013

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.

Rating: 4 star
Anne Grant
22 March 2013

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)

Rating: 5 star
Sam Lucy's mummy
29 September 2012

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!

Rating: 5 star
29 February 2012

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

Rating: 5 star
15 January 2012

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