'cause there's no such thing as a Gruffalo
I can't believe how many years I spent with this fabulous book sitting on my shelf, sad, alone and ignored.
written by Julia Donaldson
illustrated by Axel Scheffler
published by Macmillan Children's Books (1999)
summary An unassuming little mouse goes for a walk in "the deep dark woods" to find a nut to eat for her supper.
Instead of finding a nut, she finds a number of creatures who would like to eat her for their suppers. Not wanting to be supper, Mouse creates a monster, a Gruffalo, "with terrible teeth, and terrible claw and terrible teeth in its terrible jaws" who likes to eat scrambled snake, owl ice cream and roasted fox.
What a surprise for Mouse, when the Gruffalo makes an appearance in the woods, just as described by Mouse. But the Gruffalo thinks that Mouse will be ever so tasty on a slice of bread. There's a fun twist in the tale - but my lips are sealed.
The book is always better than the movie - but the computer animated tv film based on The Gruffalo is amazing. It was awarded a BAFTA nomination and won an Oscar for Best Short Film. Enjoy the trailer.
Sadly, these Gruffalo printable are no longer available online. Lucky you if you printed them when they were still available. I have hunted, but have not been able to discover why they were taken down.
Luckily, there are some other great ideas and resources out there.
The Official Gruffalo Website has some printable finger puppets.
They could be used as finger puppets, or as cutouts for retelling the story.
The Gruffalo Official Website has a variety of other printables to download and some online games to play.
We made our own Gruffalos based on the idea at 2 Stars and a Swirl.
Stimulating Learning with Rachel created this "deep dark woods" for her students to replay and retell the story of the Gruffalo.
I put our Gruffalo animals on wooden blocks
so that they could stand up in our small world play Deep Dark Woods.
Aren't these Gruffalo and "friends" from The Feverish Feltist too cute for words. Awesome for a reader's theatre.
Make some Gruffalo Crumble - it's Mouse's favourite food!
Julia Donaldson speaks about the process of creating the text of The Gruffalo when she is interrupted by someone whose eyes are orange, whose teeth are black, who has purple prickles all over his back ...