I already love this book – bought it for Monkey (as he’d bumped his head) read it to him this morning after his breakfast (which I’ve found is the best time to discuss what the story is about and point out what’s on the pictures). Monkey already knew this book as his nursery appears to have all of Julia Donaldson’s back catalog.
It’s a lovely little story about a mouse wandering through the deep dark wood and he meets lots of animals along the way who would all like to eat him until he mentions that he’s off to meet his friend the gruffalo for a feast.”A snake saw the mouse and the mouse looked good. “Where are you going to, little brown mouse? Come for a feast in my logpile house” “It’s wonderfully good of you, Snake but no – I’m having a feast with a gruffalo”
The mouse goes on to describe what the gruffalo looks like such as he has orange eyes, black tongue, turned out toes etc
The mouse then comes across the Gruffalo in the deep dark wood and he is as the mouse has described to the other animals.
I won’t spoil the end but it’s another fantastic book by Julia Donaldson. I would give this 10/10. Monkeys favorite bit is when the mouse meets the snake – my favourite bit is when the mouse meets the Gruffalo as the mouse just seems so surprised. We both loved the illustrations and we kept finding more and more little bits in pictures to point out such as the butterflies, mushrooms and the birds all in the background – so subtle but makes you feel like you’re walking down the deep dark wood with the mouse!