Book Review: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler (Published by Macmillan Children’s Books – RRP


‘A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark woods, A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.’

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson is certainly not a book that needs encouragement to read. A hugely popular book that has been adapted into a play and a screenplay, The Gruffalo is filled with magic.
Join the character of Mouse as he journeys through the wood, meeting plenty of brilliant characters on the way who would find him quite tasty to eat. Mouse, however small, is filled with bravery and thinks fast on his feet warning everyone he meets of the ‘terrible’ Gruffalo.
The book filled with rhymes and repetition is perfect for children learning to read, allowing them to learn and recall phrases such as ‘An owl saw the mouse and the mouse looked good’, only with the animal changing as the journey progresses.

Teamed beautifully with this heart-warming story are brightly coloured, inviting illustrations from Axel Scheffler that draw you even more in to the world. The mouse, a small, endearing and courageous character is shown wonderfully in Axel’s drawings.
Aside from the key points of the story, The Gruffalo is also brilliant for learning about animals and sights you may find in the woods- a great portion of learning for young readers.
If you haven’t read The Gruffalo, I strongly recommend joining Mouse on this wonderful woodland adventure. If you enjoy The Gruffalo, other reads from Julia Donaldson are a must. Buy The Julia Donaldson Picture Book Collection from The Book People and save yourself over £50. The collection includes 10 of her stories including stories such as The Cave Baby, Room on the Broom, The Smartest Giant in Town and of course The Gruffalo’s Child are marvellous stories to read and will definitely be reviewed by Underlines Ink.


Author: Antonia Underwood

I am an actor, writer, workshop leader and the founder of Underlines, a company that creates active and exciting platforms for writing.

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