Check out my The Gruffalo book summary and review   that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book.El Grúfalo or El Grufaló (original title in English: The Gruffalo) is a children's book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. It tells the story of a mouse, the protagonist of the book, taking a walk in the woods. 

The Gruffalo book

The book sold more than 13 million copies, won several children's literature awards, and has inspired West End and Broadway plays. He even got an Oscar nomination for his animated film.1

The Gruffalo was initially published in 1999 in the UK by Macmillan Children's Book. With 32 pages in hardcover format, six months later it was also launched in softcover and, later, also in a cardboard-type minibook. It was written for readers ages 3-7 and is about 700 words long. It is written in couplets, with repetitive lines with minor variations.

 The Gruffalo book summary

 The story unfolds from a mouse's walk through the woods, divided into two phases. In both, the mouse uses clever tricks to avoid danger. On his way, the cunning rodent meets several dangerous animals (a fox, an owl and a snake).

 Each of these animals, with the clear intention of eating the mouse, invite it to their respective houses to eat together. The mouse rejects each offer. To prevent further trouble, he tells each animal that he has dinner plans with his friend, a "Gruffalo", a monstrous creature whose favorite food happens to be the respective animal that threatens his safety at the time,

 and describes the characteristics of the gruffalo. with an anatomy of the monster. Terrified that the gruffalo might eat it, each animal flees. Knowing that the gruffalo was an invention, the mouse reacts like this:

    What a silly fox/owl/snake!
    He doesn't know gruffaloes don't exist!

After getting rid of the last animal, the mouse is shocked to find a real gruffalo, complete with all the terrifying features the mouse thought he had invented.

 The gruffalo lies in wait to eat the mouse, but again the mouse plays on his cunning: he tells the gruffalo that he is the most fearsome animal in the forest. Laughing, the gruffalo agrees to follow the mouse to show how scared he was. Walking both through the forest,

 they met one by one the animals that had previously threatened the mouse. Each of them was terrified at the sight of the pair and fled, and each time the gruffalo was more and more impressed with the tough appearance of the mouse. Taking advantage of this, the mouse pretended to want to eat the gruffalo, which also fled.

The story is based on a traditional Chinese tale of a fox that borrows the terror of a tiger. Donaldson couldn't think of words to rhyme with tiger, so he made up a word to rhyme with sable, Gruffalo.23

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