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Read Honest and unbiased review of Popular Children’s book – The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson from a mom. Frequently asked questions like What is the story about, what does it teach, will we recommend it to other answered in Gruffalo review below

Books are the best companions. Isn’t it? I always love to carry a book when I travel and love to go through it as and when I get time. Sometimes books act as stress buster for me and sometimes the best option to have some “me” time.

If we parents can develop a habit of book reading in our kids, I think that is one of the best gifts we can give to them and they can cherish it for their whole life.

So I am going through the same phase of life and to develop a reading habit I read many books with my kid. What motivates me to buy more and more books for my kid is that he loves to listen to stories and really enjoys his reading time. If you are not sure about the benefits of reading to your child, Do read Five Reasons why you should read to your child

Our recent purchase is a book “The Gruffalo.” by Julia Donaldson Popular Children classic and one of the best books recommended for toddlers and preschoolers.

Me and my kid both love the book and thus would love to share my reviews with you all.

The Gruffalo is a humorous animal themed, well known book by Julia Donaldson.

Book Name / Title : The Gruffalo

Author : Julia Donaldson

Illustrated By: Alex Scheffler

Genre : Children’s Story Book

Theme : Animal themed

Format : Board book and Paperback

Age Recommended : 3+ years

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The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo – Story

The story starts with a mouse who meets many big animals when roaming around in a jungle. All these animals want to eat him and invite him for a tea or lunch.

But the mouse is quite clever and he depicts a picture of a wild animal (his imagination Gruffalo) in front of other animals and forces them to hide themselves in their homes.

And a twist comes into the story when mouse actually faces his own imagination in reality.

At last who wins and roams freely in a jungle, for this you need to read the book.

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The Gruffalo Review

I recently bought this book for my 3 year old kid and we both are in love with this book.

The story line of the book is quite interesting and holds the interest of reader and listener till the end. I have heard quite good reviews about the book, and when I read it first time for my kid, I was seriously laughing … 🙂 What a story just love it !! We love to read the book on a daily basis and I am quite happy that I bought it for my kid who actually loves animal themed books.

This book has no negative message, words or sentences.

The story has a good rhythm (Julia Donaldson’s books are known for this) , words and sentences get repeated in a particular frequency which keeps the child involved in book reading and he tends to love the book.
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What is the book about ?

The book is about the small animal “Mouse” who with his smart and witty decisions saves his life from other big creatures who wanted to eat him. The coversations between the animals are quite funny and interesting like “Owl Ice-cream”, “Scrambled Snake” etc.

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What does the book teach?

If you are smart enough and quick in decision making then no matter how big or small you are, you can defeat others and can save your life.

The book has some really good words, thus can help in vocabulary enhancement of kids as well.
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Is it slow or fast?

The book has a good flow. Any time during the story reading you or your kid can’t get bored.

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How are the illustrations?

The book has fantastic illustrations by Alex Scheffler. Illustrations of book are quite good and eye catchy. As the story moves in a jungle the other details inside the jungle are well explained through pictures. Other minute details like log piles, cones lying around, mushrooms etc. are very well illustrated.

The kids keep recognizing things like mushroom, leaves, river in the book while reading, thus they keep themselves occupied and love to listen to the story.
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Will you recommend it to others?

Yes, I recommend it to others. It is really a good story and kids love to go through it.

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Will you read it again?

Yes. currently we are reading the book daily. I personally love to read it with my kid.

A must read book for kids thus, I highly recommend this book for kids of age 3 and above.

Happy Reading !!

10 Total Score
A must read for three year olds and above !

The Grufallo by Julia Donaldson is a classic loved by parents as well as kids

Plot and Concept
10
Writing and character Development
10
Moral
10
Ending
10
Illustrations
10
PROS
  • A classic moral of how brain wins over brawn
  • easy language for even beginning readers
  • Fast paced plot
  • Excellent illustrations
  • Good Rhythm
CONS
  • None
User Rating: 5 (1 votes)

The Gruffalo

Rs. 298 Rs. 350
13 new from Rs. 263
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Last update was in: 17th November 2018 1:01 pm

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An MBA Professional, used to work with bank in Forex deptt. I am a mother of a 2 ½ year old kid. In my spare time I Love to travel, read books and gardening. Great fan of Dan Brown and Jeffrey Archer novels.

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