FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A quick-witted mouse, alone and defenseless against a forest full of predators, invents a beast named the ""gruffalo"" with terrible claws, tusks, and jaws to ward off his determined foes.
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Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's most-loved picture books, and was the 2011-2013 UK Children's Laureate. Her books include The Gruffalo, which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Julia also writes fiction, poems, plays and songs - and her brilliant live shows are always in demand. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between Sussex and Edinburgh. Axel Scheffler is a star illustrator whose warm and funny illustrations have achieved world-wide acclaim and won numerous awards. In addition to his picture books, Axel is the illustrator of wonderful novelty and gift books, such as the bestselling The Bedtime Bear and Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes. Axel lives in London.From Publishers Weekly:
The eponymous character introduced by this British team owes a large debt to Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. When Mouse meets Fox in the "deep dark wood," he invents a story about the gruffalo, described very much like Sendak's fearsome quartet of wild thingsA"He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws." The gullible fox runs away when Mouse tells him that the gruffalo's favorite food is roasted fox. "Silly old Fox!" says Mouse, "Doesn't he know?/ There's no such thing as a gruffalo!" Owl and Snake follow suit until, with a turn of the page, Mouse runs into the creature he has imagined. Quick-thinking Mouse then tells the monster, "I'm the scariest creature in this deep dark wood./ Just walk behind me and soon you'll see,/ Everyone for miles is afraid of me." Fox, Owl and Snake appear to be terrified of the tiny mouse, but readers can plainly see the real object of their fears. By story's end, the gruffalo flees, and Mouse enjoys his nut lunch in peace. Despite the derivative plot line, debut author Donaldson manipulates the repetitive language and rhymes to good advantage, supplying her story with plenty of scary-but-not-too-scary moments. Scheffler's gruffalo may seem a goofy hybrid of Max's wild things, but his cartoonlike illustrations build suspense via spot-art previews of the monster's orange eyes, black tongue and purple prickles until the monster's appearance in full. Ages 4-8.
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Book Description 2009. Library Binding. Book Condition: Brand New. reprint edition. 32 pages. 10.63x8.66x0.39 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zr1439596662