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 often recite the story when we're in the cafe...'
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.
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!
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.
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'!
Awesome story...my son first got scared of Gruffalo...but now he enjoys it..does not sleep without reading it!
We love this book. My daughter enjoys sharing it with her older cousins and loves Mummy signing the story. We love taking a stroll through the deep dark wood. The repetition and rhymes are fantastic.
Although Tilly is only 6 weeks I love reading this book to her. A must for every child's bookshelf
Another favourite of mine and my daughter's: we shared this at toddler group. The actions are the best!
My daughter loves this book. She has listened the story in the playgroup and she asked me to buy the book to read it all together, with daddy and little brother. It's so funny!
We loved this book when first first read with our son, and that feeling just grew and grew. A true family favourite.
What an amazing book, this book has been entertaining children in our family for years, and it will carry on entertaining children in our family for many years to come. :)
We love this book! A firm favourite!
My one year old loves this book and gets very excited to turn the pages.
We read this book nearly everyday, the rhythm and flow of the words is great for soothing a fussy 7 month old.
This is the first book we read together he loves it
I've just started reading this with my 20 month old daughter and she loves it! I was surprised she was willing to sit so still and patient to listen to it, and now she asks for it again and again!
Both of my children love this story and we regularly have to role play the story at home and at the park, hiding from the gruffalo
Loved the book, great story and fantastic illustrations.
we read this at children's centre, everyone was transfixed
As it was world book day yesterday we went shopping with our daughter to find a new book to add to her growing collection. This was the book Holleigh chose. We read it at bedtime and she absolutely loved it, we had lots of giggles. The rhymes are brilliant to keep little readers interested and she enjoyed pointing at mouse in each picture. I can see this becoming a favourite of hers. She's 14 months old and she LOVES books :)
My 4 year old son loves this book. We have read it many many times. He loves all the characters and enjoys describing the Gruffalo.
I first read this book, she was probably too young, so I thought, she just loved the rhymes, and soon memorized the end of each sentence, it was so much fun to read it together, as I would start and she would finish, still a year on it's one of her favourites, and mine.
Our Eva loved all the charactors in this book. She enjoyed acting the part.
I've been reading to roo since he was only a few days old and he is five months now. We first read the gruffalo when he was about 2 months and he still gets excited when I start to read the story now or get his board book for him to look at the pictures.
This is my Husbands favourite book and he knows it almost by heart. When my son wants to it read he takes it to one of us and climbs next to us so he can turn the pages,(usually faster than we can read). The best part is when he sees the Gruffalo he growls and smiles.
I have shared this book with my two girls for some time now, they both know all the words and join in every time :)
I've bought it quite recently for my 18 month-old boy. I was curious myself what the Gruffalo was. My little one usually doesn't let me finish the book if the story is that long, but he was captivated with the illustrations and even asked to read it again.
This was a gift (jigsaw book form) for a 2nd birthday, my son loves the rhymes and the jigsaw although he's not quite got the hang of matching the pictures.
I have shared this book with both my 1 year old and 6 six year old and they absolutely love it. They love to describe the Gruffalo and still get exited every time when he makes an appearance.It is definitely a family favourite :)
harry loved this book and so did mummy
My one year old daughter absolutely loves this rhyming book, and especially likes it when we get to the Gruffalo's nose and she points to her own! The pictures are very colorful and encourage interaction.
A rare book that is enjoyed by both child and adult.
This Is One Of My 4 Year Old Daughters Favorite Books And Knows It Off By Heart she Likes To Join IN When We Read It
My son loves this book he has had it read to him so many times he can finish off most of the sentances.
Kids love this book would read to all ages. And as a follow up there are the other books in the seires like smartest giant in town etc
This is a favourite bedtime story, we have a little plush Gruffalo and my daughter loves to cuddle and play with it as we read the story. I love to do the different voices and my daughter can recite a lot of the book having been listening to it for over a year. She's now 3 and often recites parts during imaginitve play. We love the illustrations and the rhyimg aspects of the book. Julia Donaldson is a firm favourite in our house :)
enoch likes this book very much
I loved reading this book to the children at the nursery I work in. So I had to get it to read to my daughter, she loves the pictures & listening to mummy do all the different voices of all the different animals.
My son loves this book, we put on voices and he gets really involved with it
This is my sons favourite book and my partner loves reading it to him, adding growls! They both love it. A must buy.
I may love this book more than my child!!! Its a wonderful story and we thoroughly enjoy it every time
My little boy loves this book, and I have read it to him so many times that I know if of heart. He just has to hear the words, 'A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood' and he starts smiling. Its a really good book I love it almost as much as he does, every child should have this book in their collection.
I think this is a bit old for my 21 month old - i love it but he gets a bit bored halfway through. we will persevere though.
My 2 year old daughter loves this story and the pictures are great for her to look at.
A fantastic book. I have read this to my 20-month-old daughter since she was a newborn. She loves it! To see the little smile creep onto her face when the mouse meets the Gruffalo is magic...she never tires of this one! The pictures are brilliant and so expressive. A must have for any young childs' library.