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The Gruffalo

Updated on March 19, 2013

Read The Gruffalo to your toddler

The Gruffalo is a truly wonderful story of an imaginative (and devious) mouse who while taking a walk through the woods invents a story about an animal he calls The Gruffalo so that he can protect himself from the animals who want to eat him .

He tells a terrible tale of a scary animal and succeeds in frightening them enough to let him carry on his way through the forest. He then walks into an actual Gruffalo, the very animal he has described to the predators who wanted to eat him, and guess what? The Mouse is the Gruffalo's favorite food!

The mouse then persuades the Gruffalo that he is in fact a very scary animal and then shows him by leading him back through the Forest. The Gruffalo and the mouse then encounter the animals who had wanted to eat the mouse, but when they see the Gruffalo they run and hide, the mouse persuades the Gruffalo that they are afraid of the Mouse.

The Gruffalo believes that the mouse was telling the truth and runs away from the mouse after the Mouse declares that he loves to eat Gruffalo's!

The Gruffalo Book is beautifully illustrated, and very well written with an easy rhyme. This Book is both enjoyable for parents and Children and is one of those books that your child will remember fondly in years to come.

The Gruffalo story is now also available online to watch with the BBC Version of the Gruffalo available to buy. You can also download the Gruffalo from itunes as the audio book or buy online the Gruffalo Book, DVD, and plenty of Gruffalo related products (I just love the kids Suitcase!)

Gruffalo Cakes

Check out these amazing finds to inspire you to create one of your own

Yes, you can create a Gruffalo themed birthday party for your child and there are plenty of Gruffalo Birthday Cakes to inspire you!

If you are making your Gruffalo Cake for a Birthday or a party, check out these amazing designs. These stunning cakes can be viewed by clicking on the links

Check out these awesome Gruffalo Birthday Cakes to get you inspired to create (or buy) one for your child's birthday!

Almost Too good to eat.... Almost - a Gruffalo Birthday Cake

A Gruffalo cake enjoying the sun!

This birthday cake is truly amazing a really detailed and faithful copy of the Gruffalo and the mouse, it would be a shame to cut this cake!!

Gruffalo Cake

An excellent example of a cake with a flat top which has the characters painted on to a flat cake.

Gruffalo Cake

An amazing round cake with the gruffalo, snake, owl mouse and the fox. A great use of leaves around the base of the cake and I just love the way the fox's head pokes out of the bottom!

Gruffalo Cake topper

This is just the cake topper but what a topper! A really good version of the gruffalo. The white horns teeth and nails really set it off!

Gruffalo Tower

A different take on the birthday cake, a cupcake tower with a cake and the gruffalo on top, very original and pretty

The Gruffalo a reading of the story

This version of the online reading of the gruffalo is absolutely awesome, great voices my kids were enthralled!

Gruffalo Colouring Books

Let the kids colour in their very own Gruffalo and Mouse!

If you want some free printable Colouring Sheets then look no further, you can print out Official Gruffalo Colouring Sheets from this link here

Gruffalo Colouring Sheets

If you would prefer to get a colouring book then of course there are those too....

Get the Gruffalo on DVD

The Gruffalo's Child

The Sequel to the Gruffalo

If your child loved the Gruffalo then I highly recommend you get the sequel, it follows the same adventure but backwards as the Gruffalo's Child searches for the feared "big bad mouse" finds him and you think that finally the mouse has lost the battle but the clever mouse wins again! I read both to my son Dylan who loves the mouse, and I just love both endings of the books, I am hooked on Julia Donaldson's books and love the rhyme and rhythm of the stories.

The Gruffalo Stuff - Its just amazing the extra Gruffalo Stuff!

Get a copy, you can order a second hand one on Amazon at quite a reasonable price

Other Julia Donaldson Books

I have most of her books and they are all really fun to read, my favorite is room on the broom.

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      catherinelovestv 4 years ago

      @Paul Hill84: ha ha, good spot you must read it a lot! Just fixed, thanks for the comment! It's a fab book, my kids love the Snail and the Whale too its really good

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      Paul Hill84 4 years ago

      Nice Lens. I watch it with my 2 sons all the time. By the way...The mouse tels the gruffalo he likes grufallo crumble...not cake :)

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      bofirebear 5 years ago

      I had never seen this story before. I will be reading it to my grandchildren on their next visit.

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      evaemilie 5 years ago

      The Gruffalo is also a favorite story in our house! My son (5 y/o) memorized it, so we read it together and he will do the mouse :) Another wonderful book from the same author and illustrator is "Tiddler; The Story Telling Fish" in which there appears a Gruffalo Fish

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      SuzanneRachel 5 years ago

      My two little girls love this book, we have a lot of fun doing the animal sounds. Great lens!

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      FloridaDino 5 years ago

      one of my daughters favourite books, required reading at bedtime!

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      sammyaddams lm 5 years ago

      The Gruffalo is a favorite bedtime story in our house and is read on a regular basis.

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      I love the Gruffalo story almost as much as my grandson does ... and Gruffalo's child is ace too!

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      catherinelaura 5 years ago

      @TheFalconPress: I couldn't agree more! Its so rare to find a truly great book, my kids haeayve loved it for a couple of years now

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      The Falcon Press 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      This story is enthralling and delightful. I love the youtube with the voices your kids liked. It's great to find new really good little stories that become our children's and grand children's favorites. Thank you! This lens certainly got a squid like from me!

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      Elhamstero 6 years ago

      I love the gruffalo and the gruffalo's child. It's the rhythm of the story that's addictive, I think. That and the fact that the little brown mouse wins in the end

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      LeCordonDude 6 years ago

      I WANT this book!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      What a fun book - hadn't heard of this one before.

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      Darcie French 6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I want to read the Gruffalo book - sounds adorable! This lens is receiving the first blessing as a new Squid Angel. Congrats and best wishes :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Great book, I recommend it on my summer reading list for kids too. Thanks for sharing and thanks for quiz!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We are talking adorable fun here, a great review and plenty of Gruffalo products, well done and so much fun!

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      My granddaughter would love this story. Thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Indeed, Guffalo is an interesting story for kids.

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      ColorPetGifts 6 years ago

      Sounds like my kind of book - great job on the lens -:)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm the biggest kid around, and really enjoyed this Lens!

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      I-sparkle 6 years ago

      You did a fantastic job promoting all things "Gruffalo". Nice lens.

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      sushilkin lm 6 years ago

      Thanks to be on Squidoo for sharing your knowledge. Please PRAY FOR JAPAN

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Green Eggs and Ham! Now you know how old I am! ha! Cool lens!

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      aligooner 7 years ago

      My younger brother really likes this book.

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      fenellashorty 7 years ago

      I love this book.