Children’s Book of the Week: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

This week’s book is the classic children’s tale of fear and friendship as a little mouse tries to walk through the woods without being eaten.  Nobody is more surprised than him when he meets the monster he thought he was just imagining.  Here we have some wonderful resources to bring this story to life.

Read along with Michelle Obama

Click here This new video from PBS Kids features Michelle Obama reading the super-popular story.

The Gruffalo Song in Makaton  Sign Language

Performed by Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson and her husband Malcolm, this is a great song to learn in Makaton!   Click here to join in the fun.

The Gruffalo Pairs Game

Over at Gruffalo HQ, you can download, print out, cut out and play the classic memory game of “Pairs” here.  Children can draw extra pairs of characters from the book to make the game a bit more challenging.   And if you don’t have a printer, don’t worry.  Why not have ago at copying the pictures and making your own set.

Axel Scheffler draws the Gruffalo

If you want some drawing inspiration, watch the artist himself drawing the Gruffalo over here.

The Gruffalo Puppet Theatre

A fun project that will keep children engrossed – this is a “theatre in a shoe box” that can be used to re-enact the story.  Kids can get stuck into model-making using recycled materials, and the finished theatre provides a great format for imaginative play.  Click here to make one yourself.




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