Children’s Hour: The Gruffalo

Children’s Hour is a feature posted every Thursday here at Lucybird’s Book Blog. Children’s Hour is my time for reviewing children’s picture books. In my job in a nursery I encounter lots of children’s books, and these are the books I use for Children’s Hour.

You can find links to past Children’s Hour posts here.

I’d love to hear everybody’s experiences of the books I review too, and feel free to post me a link to your own reviews, I’d love to make this a bit interactive.

The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we had introduced the toddlers to The Gruffalo (well I say introduced but a lot of the kids already know The Gruffalo, one even has the cutest Gruffalo hoodie which I mentioned in one of my Christmas gift posts). The Gruffalo is actually a pretty clever story. Mouse is smart. All the animal think he looks good to eat but mouse manages to trick them by making up a scary monster- The Gruffalo, who loves to eat other animals. But did mouse really make-up The Gruffalo, or is he real? And what will happen if mouse meets him?

The Gruffalo has the traditional rhyme and rhythm of a Julia Donaldson book but in some ways is a little more sophisticated. Partly because mouse is clever, and partly because of all the differences, the strange food which excite the imagination. It’s an enjoyable book to read to the kids, and they enjoy it too.

There is a sequel to The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, but I wasn’t very impressed by it. There is also a film.

Buy The Gruffalo:

Paperback (£4.00)

Board Book (£4.99)


Filed under Children's Hour, Fiction review, Picture books

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