Saturday, January 26, 2013

Book Review - The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Uffff... How can I do this? All this while I was thinking I have already reviewed The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson (the Toddler's current obsession). It was just today when I saw the book list, I realized I haven't. Sorry baby, your book-list is incomplete without mentioning the 'Guhfalo' (as you like to call it).

Why I picked it and what was my Reaction:

I have a separate set of books for the Toddler, and I never mix her books with the books I pick for My Little Chatterbox (for those who still do not know, this is the name of my Early Communication & Language Development venture). I picked this one up for the later, couple of months back when the Toddler wasn't even 2 years old. I thought the book might not appeal her back then as it had more text (if you compare it with the Eric Carle's and other board books she was hooked on to back then). She heard me read this story from another room when I was taking the class and she barged in the class (which was for slightly older children) and sat there giggling and hearing to what I was reading. So I had to 'prepone' my plan of picking up the book for her. 

The Toddler's take:

'She loves the book' and I feel this is an understatement. She wants me to read it at least 5-6 times a day, carries The Monster (Ooops sorry to offend your best friend sweetheart) to her daycare without fail. Need I say more?

How We Read it:

I'm a pro at reading The Gruffalo now, trust me. I make sure there is no dearth of expressions, voice modulation, background music and different voices for all the creatures. And yes, we have to begin the reading with The Gruffalo song.

My 2 year old loves it as much as the a 5-6 year old, its always a hit when I read it out in class as well. ;-).

Age Group: I have seen children between 1.5-6 years enjoy it as much.

Do check The Gruffalo Movie made by BBC on YouTube (I saw it last week and the Toddler loves it, now I don't seem to find it on YouTube. Do share the link if you get it for me please).

Trust my words, you won't regret buying this one.

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  1. love this book! I had gifted it to my son when he turned 2, he is almost 5 now and it is still a big hot. We have this Gruffalo 'theatre' book where they have given a stage option and cut-outs of Gruffalo characters. This adds to the story and is a best buy!

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