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1001 The Gruffalo
Added on 04th July 2020

Author Julia Donaldson
Illustrator Axel Scheffler
First published 1999
Publisher Macmillan Children’s Books, London (UK)

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A hugely popular picture book about a cunning mouse.

Story

Follow mouse as he takes a stroll through the woods, meeting dangerous animals along the way who invite him back to their home to become their dinner

Why we chose it

One of the best loved children’s authors writing today, everyone has their favourite Julia Donaldson but The Gruffalo was most frequently named as a favourite by visitors to the museum.

Where it came from

Julia Donaldson is a well-loved children’s author and has collaborated with Axel Scheffler on many other titles. Donaldson was 2011-2013 Children’s Laureate.

The Gruffalo is loosely based on an Eastern folk tale of a child who tricks a jungle tiger. Donaldson has said that she intended the book to be about a tiger, but couldn’t find anything to rhyme with “tiger” so came up with the Gruffalo.

Where it went next

With sales of over 13.5 million copies worldwide, The Gruffalo has been at the top of the favourite book lists among children for years.

It became a successful stage show in 2001 touring across the world. In 2009 it was made into an animation by the BBC and became one of the highlights of the Christmas schedule.

Associated stories

Other Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books include The Gruffalo’s Child, Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale, Squash and a Squeeze, Zog, The Scarecrow’s Wedding, The Highway Rat, Tabby McTat, Stick Man, Tiddler, The Smartest Giant in Town, and Monkey Puzzle.

Julia Donaldson has worked with other illustrators on books like Cave Baby illustrated by Emily Gravett, The Paper Dolls illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, What the Ladybird Heard illustrated by Lydia Monks and The Magic Paintbrush illustrated by Joel Stewart.

Axel Scheffler is the illustrator of Philip Aardagh’s series of stories for older readers about The Grunts.

Added on 04th July 2020

Author Julia Donaldson
Illustrator Axel Scheffler
First published 1999
Publisher Macmillan Children’s Books, London (UK)

Animals
1001