His eyes are orange, his tongue is black, he’s got purple prickles all over his back, he’s the Gruffalo, Gruffalo, Gruffalo… He’s the Gruffalo! Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by the talented Axel Scheffler.
That’s right, there could hardly be any other choice for number one. It’s a child’s favourite and a parent’s favourite. The Gruffalo has become so big that it has spawned its entire own brand, been animated, got cuddly toys, picture books, pop-up books, songs, cards, you name it… It’s even got a child!
There’s not much that can add to the Gruffalo that’s not already known. It’s a fantastic piece of work. Read it to your children and enjoy it, watch their faces the first time they hear it. It’s fun, it’s got a moral (of sorts) and it’s clever.