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The Story of The Gruffalo

Updated on September 10, 2014

Have you read the Gruffalo story to your children?

The story of The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson is Chiquitito's favorite book, and I would recommend this book to anyone with young children.

Whether you are looking for a birthday gift, or just want to buy your child a well written book that they will enjoy reading time and time again, The Gruffalo is a true children's classic.

We started off with the board book and recently ordered the paperback version, and the sequel, The Gruffalo's Child from Amazon.

The Gruffalo story follows the adventures of Mouse, who meets a variety of animals on his walk through the wood. Each animal is eager to eat Mouse, but Mouse uses his lunch date with an imaginary creature to try to save his own life.

Written in rhyming couplets, the book is a delight to read. Be careful which book you order though, as there are two versions of the Gruffalo, with slightly different words. If you are used to reading one version, and practically know it off by heart (as I do), it can be very disconcerting to have different words. Indeed, Papicito does not think that the alternative words scan so well.

I hope that my review of the story of The Gruffalo inspires you to read this amazing story with your own children.

The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo
The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, with fantastic illustrations by Axel Schefller is a true children's classic.

The Gruffalo book is aimed at children of five years and older, but do not let this put you off reading this book to a younger child.

My toddler is twenty months old, and the Gruffalo is by far his favorite book.

He loves the fact that Mummy does different voices for the characters and he loves the page where the Gruffalo first appears in the story.

After we have finished reading the book he gets to hold it and always turns straight to the page where the Gruffalo first appears and fills the whole page, and says "Dadda" much to Papicito's consternation and my amusement!

When we leave him to go to sleep he often asks for the book to "read" and we hear him trying out different sounds and voices himself.


Plot Synopsis of The Gruffalo

I do not want to spoil the story of the Gruffalo for you if you have not read it yet, but here is the basic plot:

Mouse is walking through the wood, and every time he meets a predatory animal they try to entice him to visit their house for a meal, with the intention of Mouse himself being the meal. Mouse makes up the Gruffalo as a deterrent, emphasising his scarier features, the fact that the animal is his favorite food, and that Mouse is meeting him for a meal.

This plan works until Mouse is suddenly confronted by his imaginary scapegoat. Fearing that he is going to be the Gruffalo's next meal, Mouse manages to persuade this disbelieving monster that he is a mouse to be feared.

As they retrace the mouse's steps through the forest, and meet each of the animals that Mouse outwitted, they realise that this scary creature is actually here......and likely to eat them.

You will need to read the story to find out whether Mouse gets eaten....or manages to outwit the Gruffalo!

Mouse encounters Fox


How much do you know about the Gruffalo story?

Follow Mouse on his journey through the wood and see who he meets along the way....and how he manages to use his imagination and courage to survive.

Unfotunately for Mouse, the monster who he thought only lived in his worst dreams became reality - but Mouse still managed to use his quick thinking to outwit the Gruffalo.

Come with me and try out this fun quiz where you can find out how much you know about The Gruffalo, Mouse, Snake, Owl and Fox.

Mouse Meets Fox

As Mouse sets off into the forest the first animal that he encounters is Fox.

Try the quick quiz questions on the right to see if you know what happened when they met.

Will you get all four questions correct, or will Mouse out smart you?

First Mouse met Fox

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Then Mouse he met Owl

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The third person Mouse met was Snake

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And last but not least, "Oh help! Oh no! It's a Gruffalo"

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Are you a Gruffalo guru?

The story of The Gruffalo quiz questions......

How many answers did you get correct?

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The Gruffalo movie

The Gruffalo
The Gruffalo

The DVD of The Gruffalo is a delightful movie to watch, and even my twenty month toddler, with a short attention span, found it fascinating.

In the film version of the story the red squirrels are the narrators. These can be seen in the pictures in the book, but are never referred to.

If you have a child old enough to sit still and watch a film that is 40 minutes then I would certainly recommend this film.

With the voice of Helena Bonham Carter as the narrator, Mother Squirrel, James Corden taking the voice of Mouse, Robbie Coltrane as The Gruffalo, Rob Brydon as Snake, Tom Wilkinson as Fox and John Hurt as Owl your child will be whisked away into the world of The Gruffalo.


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      Adele Jeunette 5 years ago

      Great lens..great book. I'm a children's librarian and have loved reading it at storytime. Pinned it to my "Kid's Books" board.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Excellent lens indeed. One of the best reviews I've ever read, I bet this converts for you. I loved how you did your table of contents. The book sounds really fun - and memorable. Pinned onto two of my boards: Children's Books I love and Squidoo Lenses worth blessing.

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      Sorry, I don't have children so I've never heard of Gruffalo. However, from your lens, I've missed out. I love what I've read here. Your lens is excellent: good info, fun, full of photos and quizzes. This lens ROCKS! Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      ConnieGreen LM 5 years ago

      I love this story - and this lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very cool lens. Congratulations.

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      Susan spencer 5 years ago from Texas

      The Gruffalo is a wonderful story. Congratulations on winning the Squidoo Book Club Quest!

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      jenny-archer-9 5 years ago

      Love Gruff along with my grandkids

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      GrammieOlivia 5 years ago

      Congratulations on a really well done lens. I love the Gruffalo story and read it with my grandchildren often. Wish I had seen this in time to vote. I missed that chance, but want you to know how well I liked it.

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      Bairbrae 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your win! I've never read the Gruffalo but I do like the way you set up your lens.

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      eightieschild 5 years ago

      a HUGE congratulations on winning the squidoo book club quest with this lens.

      I've never read this book, as it was published long after my own childhood, but this is a beautifully written lens, so is a well deserved winner and I doff my cap to you! :)

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      first time I heard about, but I love your lens; congrats on your winning prize...

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      candy47 5 years ago

      I'm not familiar with the book, but I am now! Great looking lens too. Congratulations on winning the book club challenge :)

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      Don't know the story... but I do know an excellent lens when I see one. Congrats on winning the book club challenge.

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      maryseena 5 years ago

      I've never heard of this book, but the review is so good I will keep my eyes open.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I've not heard of it before. It does sound fun.

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      It looks like a cute book

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Fabulous book review! Congratulations on your Book Club Challenge win!

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      Expat Mamasita 5 years ago from Slovakia

      @Pat Goltz: Aha, that'd be telling!

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      Expat Mamasita 5 years ago from Slovakia

      @artsybookmom: I'm glad you liked the quiz :-)

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      Expat Mamasita 5 years ago from Slovakia

      @Faye Rutledge: Thank you Partybuzz :-)

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      Congratulations on winning the Book Club Challenge!!

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      artsybookmom 5 years ago

      this is new to me. I like the way you had the poll throughout the lens.

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      Pat Goltz 5 years ago

      I had never heard of it. I want to find out who wins in the end: Gruffalo or the mouse. But I'm betting on the mouse.