The Gruffalo is an awarding winning children's book by Julia Donaldson which has sold over 10.5 million copies since 1999. It's based on a traditional folk tale from China and is beautifully illustrated by Alex Sceffler.
Aimed at children between the ages of 3 and 7 years it tells the story of a mouse who takes a walk in the woods. Here he encounters three animals a fox, an owl, and a snake who each invite the mouse home with the intention of eating him for dinner! The clever mouse declines their offers going on to explain that he his to dine with his friend the Gruffalo. He goes on to say to each animal that they are the Gruffalo's favourite food. Scared and frightened by the terriying picture the mouse has built up of the Gruffalo the fox, the snake and owl flee.
Of course the mouse knowing the Gruffalo to be fictional gloats and says " Silly old fox/owl/snake, doesn't he know? there's no such thing as a Gruffalo!"
So how shocking for the mouse to encounter a real Gruffalo the terrifying creature that he had invented. The mouse tells the Gruffalo that he is the scariest animal in the forest and tells the Gruffalo he can prove it. So to show how feared he is the mouse and the Gruffalo take a walk through the forest where in turn they meet up with the fox, the owl and the snake who run away terrified. The gruffalo is very impressed by the mouse's scary reputation until the mouse threatens to eat him and he flees too!
BBC Gruffalo Special Animation
As part of its 2009 Christmas programmes the BBC showed an animated version of the Gruffalo. Lasting 30 minutes this adapted version of the book featured Robbie Coltrane as the Gruffalo with a super supporing cast that included James Corden as the mouse, Rob Brydon as the snake, John Hurt as the owl, Tom Wilkinson as the fox and Helena Bonham Carter as the squirrel.
It was well received by viewrs and critics alike. The author Julia Donaldson was qouted as saying "I'm very excited by what I have seen of the animation, in particular by how faithful it is to the original story, while incorporating lots of imaginative touches to bring the Deep Dark Wood alive."
The Nation's Favorite Bedtime Story
Last Autumn the Jeremy Vine show wanted to find the nation's favourite bedtime story and on the 6th November 2009 the vote winner was The Gruffalo. It beat 35 other books from the longlist The longlist was launched by children's laureate Michael Rosen on 19th October and the final eight voted by the public were
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
- Five On A Treasure Island by Enid Blyton
- The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
- The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- Winnie The Pooh by A.A Milne
Gruffalo Room Make Over Kit
This wonderful room make over kit from the award winning FunToSee contains 50 beautifully illustrated giant wall stickers that will bring any room to life.
You can re-create the classic story of the Gruffalo, Mouse, Owl, Snake and Fox with these easy to apply, removable and restickable wall decorations.
The pre-cut stickers are easy to apply (no glue required!), washable, splash proof and can be re-applied to create different scenes from the deep dark wood.