From the Publisher:
Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Growl along with the Gruffalo with 10 amazing sounds!
This rhythmic read-aloud book follows a clever mouse on a walk through the deep dark wood, where he encounters several hungry inhabitants who want to make him their main course.
Lacking size or strength as defenses, quick-witted Mouse instead taps the powers of his imagination to create the gruffalo, a "terrible creature with terrible claws, and terrible tusks in his terrible jaws."
But will Mouse's frightful description be enough to ruin the appetites of his determined foes? After all, there's no such thing as a gruffalo. Oh, no??
What's all that noise in the Deep Dark Wood?
Hear Mouse giggle, Snake hiss, Owl hoot and the Gruffalo grumble in this magical, interactive sound book.
Stomp, slither and scamper your way through the deep dark wood with this amazing play-along version of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's The Gruffalo.
Press the 10 interactive sound buttons and bring the nation's favorite bedtime story vividly to life!
The Gruffalo Sound Book is the perfect gift for all Gruffalo fans.
A: More About Gruffalo
...I read that Julia Donaldson originally planned for the gruffalo to be a tiger, but had to create a gruffalo to fit her rhyming scheme. I am so glad that she did. The mystery of the gruffalo builds the suspense of this tale. This book pays homage to Sendak's "Where The Wild Things Are", but still stands easily on its own. The rhyme and meter are well done and the conclusion is quite satisfying.
The illustrations by Axel Scheffler also pay homage to Sendak, but they, again, stand very well on their own. All the expressions and emotions of the mouse are conveyed by the eyes, tail and arms -- everything else remains almost static. It is a very effective technique. The gruffalo is scary, but not too scary; he does look as if he might be tricked by a clever mouse.
All in all, I'm glad my friend recommended this book. It makes a delightful addition to my son's library.
B: Highly recommend the book
This book is adorable. My Granddaughter (almost 3) loved it.
C: A clever must-read
Clever children's book! It has a smart mouse, an array of would-be predators and some very nice table-switching. My grandchildren have the book memorized but still beg me to read it "just one more time." I strongly recommend this book, it belongs in every child's library.
D: Lovely, catchy book
We LOVE this book! I don’t know how I missed it until recently, but my 3-yr-old LOVES it, and my 12-month old is starting to love it, too! He has memorized most of the good parts about the gruffalo, and the rhymes and cadence are so lovely. We like to read the book, then watch “The Gruffalo” on Netflix (also SO cute). Then we read “The Gruffalo’s Child,” and watch that! Such a fun, clever book! I find myself thinking of the lines at work!
... The noise book is fun: there are buttons for the different animals the mouse encounters plus another two buttons for the Gruffalo, one when he leaves disappointed, one where you can hear his rumbling stomach, plus two more for the mouse. Children can play at guessing who makes which noise and when, or also at imitating all the noises. Our son got this copy at 20 months and he's been playing-reading it since.