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The Gruffalo

Written by Julia Donaldson

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood.
A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.

Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when the quick-thinking mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake and a hungry gruffalo...

The Gruffalo book cover

Axel says:

My first sketches of the Gruffalo were deemed to be 'far too scary for tiny children' by the editor, so I had to make him a bit rounder and more 'cuddly'. I also thought that all the animals would be wearing clothes, as they often do in picture books. But Julia had different ideas, and to be honest I was relieved... how would I have dressed the snake?

My first ideas of how the Gruffalo might look

This version of the Gruffalo was too scary