Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Gruffalo

Cover art for THE GRUFFALO

Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator:   Axel Scheffler
Publisher:  Dial Books
Publication Year:   1999
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell

Awards:   Nestles Smarties Book Prize, Nottingham Children's Book Award, UK Best Picture Book

Summary:  A mouse takes a walk through the woods and escapes being lunch for other creatures when he makes up a creature called the Gruffalo. According to him, the gruffalo's favorite food is roasted fox or owl ice cream or scrambled snake. But then he meets the real gruffalo who wants to eat him for lunch until he shows him that everyone is scared of the dangerous mouse (or maybe his companion). The mouse says his favorite food is gruffalo crumble and the gruffalo runs away.

Classroom Ideas: This book could be used to talk about character. What adjectives would you use to describe mouse? Is he clever or is he a liar?

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