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The Gruffalo By Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by Axel SchefflerThe Gruffalo is a wonderful story, all written in rhyme, which tells the story of a quick thinking mouse who keeps preventing himself from being eaten, by warning his predators of this rather fearsome hungry creature – the gruffalo. Of course, as the mouse says, there is ‘no such thing as a gruffalo!’

The story has a recurring theme as the mouse meets a series of different animals who all tell him that he is good enough to eat. Each time the mouse replies that it’s awfully kind but he is having a feast with the gruffalo! Unsurprisingly no one knows what the gruffalo is like so the mouse starts and continues to build on an amazing description – terrible tusks, terrible teeth and terrible claws, knobbly knees, a poisonous wart on the end of his nose and so on! As you can imagine the gruffalo is sounding pretty scary!

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