By Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
"A mouse took a walk through the deep, dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good!"
This is wonderful book has suspense, adventure and laughs. As little mouse progresses deeper and deeper into the mysterious wood, he encounters various predators who are eager to eat him.
Clever mouse is a quick-witted chap though and he invents a best friend in the shape of a terrifying monster, The Gruffalo. With a buddy like that, he's totally safe from even the hungriest snake or owl!
But then mouse comes across a beast who looks exactly like his invention! Does he turn and run with his tail between his legs? Not on your life, he doesn't. Mouse craftily adapts his earlier story in such a way as to strike fear in the heart of the scary Gruffalo himself.
I enjoy reading this book to my son as much as he loves chanting along to the rhyming verses. The many characters give mums and dads the perfect opportunity to show off their wide repertoire of voices, and acting the part of the Gruffalo is the best fun!
Look out for Julia Donaldson's newly-published sequel, "The Gruffalo's Child", also illustrated by Axel Scheffler.