Sunday, April 20, 2014

Good Gruffalo

The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson, with illustrations by Axel Scheffler, is a favourite at our house right now. I remembered reading The Gruffalo over and over to a little boy I looked after ages ago and when we came across the book recently Eloise was equally captivated. Eloise loves the crafty little mouse in the deep dark wood, the vivid descriptions of the scary Gruffalo and as usual, I enjoy the rhyme of the story (I'm just a sucker for cadence).

We borrowed the next Gruffalo book, The Gruffalo's Child, from the library and it has received the same fanfare. This time, the Gruffalo is a Dad and it is his little Gruffalo who has a run in with the crafty mouse in the dark wood. We read the Gruffalo's Child more than a dozen times the first day it came home from the library so, thinking ahead in a super-mom moment, I ordered Eloise her own copy to arrive long before our books were due.

Who knew that a monster who is "just bretend" could be such a hit?

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