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The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood. “Why not? Why not?” “Because if you do, the Big Bad Mouse will be after you.”

One wild winter’s night, the Gruffalo’s brave little child tiptoes off in search of the Big Bad Mouse. He doesn’t really exist – does he? But when a little mouse appears, she gets a great big surprise… Shining with imaginative power, this much-loved rhyming story is an absolute classic, packed with cute pictures of a baby gruffalo who will melt everybody’s heart!

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Macmillan Children's Books

Date published

September 2nd, 2005

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 2.5; Lower years; 0.5 points

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  • 32 pages



Julia Donaldson

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Julia Donaldson is author of many of today’s best-loved picture books including The Gruffalo and Stick Man. Best known for her collaborations with Axel Scheffler, each of these vivid rhyming stories is a triumph of imagination. She was also the Children’s Laureate 2011-2013.

More about Julia: “I grew up in a tall Victorian London house with my parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle, younger sister Mary and cat Geoffrey (who was really a prince in disguise. Mary and I would argue about which of us would marry him).

Mary and I were always creating imaginary characters and mimicking real ones, and I used to write shows and choreograph ballets for us.

I studied Drama and French at Bristol University, where I met Malcolm, a guitar-playing medic to whom I’m now married.

Before Malcolm and I had our three sons we used to go busking together and I would write special songs for each country; the best one was in Italian about pasta.

The busking led to a career in singing and songwriting, mainly for children’s television.

One of my television songs, A Squash and a Squeeze, was made into a book in 1993, with illustrations by the wonderful Axel Scheffler. It was great to hold the book in my hand without it vanishing in the air the way the songs did. This prompted me to unearth some plays I’d written for a school reading group, and since then I’ve had 20 plays published.

My real breakthrough was The Gruffalo, again illustrated by Axel. We work separately – he’s in London and I’m in Glasgow – but he sends me letters with lovely funny pictures on the envelopes.

My novel The Giants and the Joneses is going to be made into a film by the same team who made the Harry Potter movies, and I have written three books of stories about the anarchic Princess Mirror-Belle who appears from the mirror and disrupts the life of an otherwise ordinary eight-year-old.

When I’m not writing I am often performing, at book festivals and in theatres. I really enjoy getting the children in the audience to help me act out the stories and sing the songs.”

Axel Scheffler

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Axel Scheffler was born in 1957 in Hamburg, Germany. At school, although always good at art, he never really considered a career in illustration. But long before he began his professional life, he had won his first drawing prize for an international chocolate company – his prize was a cuddly lilac cow.

Axel went on from school to study History of Art at the University of Hamburg – but he didn’t like the course and decided to leave. Knowing that he wanted to live in another country and learn a second language, he moved to England to study illustration at the Bath Academy of Art.

After graduating with a first class degree, Axel moved to London where he began illustrating for a variety of English and German advertising companies, magazines and newspapers. He took his portfolio to a number of publishers and Faber commissioned him to illustrate The Piemakers by Helen Cresswell and The Bottle Rabbit by Bernard McCabe. In 1989, Walker asked Axel to illustrate a text by Jon Blake, You’re a Hero, Daley B.

A writer called Julia Donaldson was also writing songs for Playdays at this time and her song A Squash and a Squeeze was commissioned to be a picture book. Axel Scheffler was recommended as an illustrator for the text and an award-winning team was created.

Their next book, The Gruffalo, was published in March 1999 and has already become a modern classic, selling more than 2 million copies worldwide and translated into over 20 languages. Axel also continues to illustrate for other authors as well, including Ian Whybrow and David Henry Wilson.

Axel has achieved worldwide acclaim for his humorous illustrations, and his books have been translated into over 29 languages. He has enjoyed particular success in his award-winning picture book collaborations with Julia Donaldson, but is also the best-selling illustrator of novelty books such as The Bedtime Bear. In 2006 he was been called upon to design Gordon Brown’s annual Christmas card!

Still living in London, Axel makes frequent visits to continental Europe. His hobbies include walking, cooking and reading and beadwork.


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  1. Avatar owl 761790

    on 9 March 2014

    This is a lovely sequel to the grufffalo. It’s so cute and has lots of fun rhymes for little kids.

  2. Avatar owl 761790

    on 9 March 2014

    This is about the gruffalo when he’s got a child.

  3. Goldie 113308

    on 7 March 2014

    I loved this as much as I loved the gruffalo. Its nice how it carried on from the first book with his child and they got it spot on again so its easy to imagine her meeting everyone. A must have for any book collection

    5out of 5
  4. Avatar lion 761782

    on 4 March 2014

    Lovely idea got us guessing what shapes was made with the shadows

    5out of 5
  5. Bellasara 113282

    on 3 March 2012

    I read this with my cousin and loved every bit! You are never to old for the Gruffalo!

  6. Default avatar

    on 1 December 2011

    i think it,s funny for a baby

  7. Room on the broom 113684

    on 15 September 2011

    it mainly for 5 to 6 years old but a bit babyish for me

    2out of 5
  8. Hayley 113303

    on 13 May 2011

    didnt read that book but i remember the gruffalo since i was 5

  9. Bellasara 113282

    on 3 March 2011

    read the gruffalo ,then this and then stick man when you are reading this look at what is in the gruffalo’s childs hand it’s…

    If you read stick man you’ll know

  10. Jane blonde 113694

    on 3 March 2011

    Good but not as good as the Gruffalo but as I have all the Julia Donaldson books I wanted this one too.

  11. Avatar bear 761721

    on 2 March 2011

    It was really funny about how the child was told that there was a big bad mouse but you get a big suprise at the end!

    5out of 5
  12. Default avatar

    on 4 February 2011

    This book was funny and exciting. My favourite bit was when the squirrel came with the nut and the gruffalo’s child was scared.

    5out of 5
  13. Fairy thumb 11

    on 15 January 2011

    i really want to read this book!

  14. Flat stanley thumb 225

    on 7 March 2010

    i loved it!!! :)

    5out of 5
  15. Hayley 113303

    on 21 February 2010

    This book is best for night time. I used to be crazy about the gruffalo when i was about 3-7 I still do, but not as much as i used to.

    5out of 5
  16. Evie 113313

    on 17 January 2010

    Nice, comforting book. This book is good for reading at night.

    4out of 5
  17. Hungry cat thumb 231

    on 12 January 2009

    if you like the gruffalos child your love this

    5out of 5