The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson


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

"Where are you going , little brown mouse?
Come and lunch in my underground house."
"It's terribly kind of you, Fox, but no –
I'm going to have lunch with a gruffalo."
"A gruffalo? What's a gruffalo?"
"A gruffalo! Why, ?
He has terrible , and terrible ,
And terrible in his terrible ."
"Where are you meeting him?"
"Here, by these rocks,
And his favourite food is fox."
"Roasted fox! I'm off!" Fox said.
"Goodbye, little mouse," and away he .
" old Fox! Doesn't he know,
as a gruffalo?"

On went the mouse through the deep dark wood.
An saw the mouse, and the mouse looked good.

"Where are you going to, little brown mouse?
Come and have tea in my house."
"It's nice of you, Owl, but no –
I'm going to have tea with a gruffalo."
"A gruffalo? What's a gruffalo?"
"A gruffalo! Why, didn't you know?
He has , and ,
And a poisonous at the end of his nose."
"Where are you meeting him?"
"Here, by this ,
And his favourite food is owl ."
"Owl ice cream? Too-whit! Too-whoo!"
"Goodbye, little mouse," and away Owl .
"Silly old Owl! Doesn't he know,
There's no such thing as a gruffalo?"


On went the mouse through the deep dark wood.
A saw the mouse, and the mouse looked good.

"Where are you going to, little brown mouse?
Come for a in my house."
"It's good of you, Snake, but no –
I'm having a feast with a gruffalo."
"A gruffalo? What's a gruffalo?"
"A gruffalo! Why, didn't you know?
His eyes are orange, his is black;
He has purple all over his back."
"Where are you meeting him?"
"Here, by this lake,
And his favourite food is snake."
"Scrambled snake? It's time I hid!"
"Goodbye, little mouse," and away Snake slid.
"Silly old Snake! Doesn't he know,
There's no such thing as a gruffal...
...OH!"

But who is this creature with terrible
And terrible teeth in his terrible ?
He has knobbly knees, and turned-out ,
And a poisonous wart at the end of his .
His eyes are orange, his tongue is ;
He has purple prickles all over his back.
"Oh help! Oh no!
It's a gruffalo!"

"My favourite food!" the Gruffalo said.
"You'll taste good on a slice of bread!"
"Good?" said the mouse. "Don't call me good!
I'm the creature in this wood.
Just walk behind me and soon you'll see,
Everyone is afraid of me."
"All right!," said the Gruffalo, .
"You go ahead and I'll follow ."
They walked and walked till the Gruffalo said,
"I hear a in the leaves ahead."

"It's Snake," said the mouse. "Why, Snake hello!"
Snake took one look at the Gruffalo.
"Oh !" he said, "Goodbye, little mouse!"
And off he slid to his house.
"You see?" said the mouse. "I told you so."
"!" said the Gruffalo.

They walked some more till the Gruffalo said,
"I hear a in the trees ahead."
"It's Owl," said the mouse. "Why, Owl, hello!"
Owl took one look at the Gruffalo.
"!" he said, "Goodbye, little mouse!"
And off he flew to his house.
"You see?" said the mouse. "I told you so."
"!" said the Gruffalo.

They walked some more till the Gruffalo said,
"I can hear on the ahead."
"It's Fox," said the mouse. "Why, Fox, hello!"
Fox took one look at the Gruffalo.
"Oh help!" he said, "Goodbye, little mouse!"
And he ran to his house.
"Well, Gruffalo," said the mouse.
"You see?
Everyone is afraid of me!
But now my tummy's beginning to .
My favourite food is – gruffalo !"
"Gruffalo crumble!" the Gruffalo said,
And quick as the wind he turned and .

All was quiet in the deep dark wood.
The mouse found a and the was good.