The Gruffalo’s Child: all grown up on its 15-year anniversary

What is this about?: The Gruffalo’s Child, a daughter, goes adventuring to find the big bad Mouse!

What else is this about?: Cuteness. No really, that’s all there is. And really, what else do you need?


The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood. But one wild and windy night, the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist – does he?

First up, if you don’t know the Gruffalo, then you’re in good company — because it took my nephews being born for me to understand just how beloved The Gruffalo is: there are books, films, stage plays and so much more. 

The Gruffalo’s Child is a natural offshoot of the book, with the little one heading out to the woods one snowy evening, leaving behind the safety of her mum’s arms because she was bored. As I’m sure you can imagine, that way lies — cute — trouble.

There she meets all manner of animals, but none are the Big Bad Mouse (of the first book) her mother warned her about.

Then of course, she does meet the Big Bad Mouse, and like I said, cuteness abounds! Also, the Big Bad Mouse is utterly adorable!

The Gruffalo’s Child may be 15 years old, but the joy and humour from the book is timeless. The rhyming is deliriously fun, and to be honest, I enjoyed reading it out loud to myself  too!

I would say get it for Christmas (!!) presents, but really, if it’s a day ending in Y and you want to get something fun for your young reader-in-training, this is it.

The anniversary edition comes with an easy game in the back, and a song to have a go at with your kid. Cute cardboard cut outs for the play scene, along with instructions included! The anniversary edition is out on 24 September 2019.


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