A mini hardback gift edition of THE GRUFFALO - one of the world's favourite picture books. The award-winning story about a clever little mouse outwitting the creatures of the deep dark wood has been delighting children and adults the world over for more than fifteen years. Created by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the most successful picture-book partnership ever, it has been translated into over fifty languages and made into a sell-out stage show and an Oscar-nominated film. Now this modern picture-book classic is available as a miniature gift edition. The exquisitely designed cover features stunning silhouette artwork from Axel Scheffler in shiny foil, and the high quality hardback has extra-thick paper and a deluxe finish. The perfect little gift for big Gruffalo fans.
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Julia Donaldson is one of the UK's best-loved children's authors. Her award-winning collaborations with Axel Scheffler include the modern classic The Gruffalo and its irresistible sequel The Gruffalo's Child. Julia also writes children's plays and songs, and runs regular storytelling workshops. She lives in Glasgow with her husband, Malcolm, and their family.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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