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The Gruffalo [咕噜牛]
The Gruffalo [咕噜牛]
The Gruffalo [咕噜牛]
Product Code: A159
Price: S$8.90
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The Gruffalo is an English original, written by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler.  The book has sold over 10.5 million copies, and has won several prizes for children's literature. Gruffalo was based on a Chinese folktale, The Fox and The Tiger, where the fox "borrowed" the terror of the tiger (the story behind 成语 - 狐假虎威). This is the Chinese translated version. 

The Story

The protagonist of The Gruffalo is a mouse - a very witty one. 

On his way, the mouse encounters several dangerous animals (a fox, an owl and a snake). Each of these animals, clearly intending to eat the mouse, invites him back to their home for a meal. The clever mouse declines each offer. To dissuade further advances, he tells each animal that he has plans to dine with his friend, a gruffalo, a monster, which is a hybrid between a bear and a buffalo, whose favourite food happens to be the relevant animal, and describes the features of the gruffalo. Frightened that the gruffalo might eat it, each animal flees. Knowing the gruffalo to be fictional, the mouse gloats thus:

Silly old fox/owl/snake, doesn't he know?

there's no such thing as a gruffalo!

After getting rid of the last animal, the mouse is shocked to encounter a real gruffalo – with all the frightening features the mouse thought that he was inventing. The gruffalo threatens to eat the mouse, but again the mouse is cunning: he tells the gruffalo that he, the mouse, is the scariest animal in the forest. Laughing, the gruffalo agrees to follow the mouse as he demonstrates how feared he is. The two walk through the forest, encountering in turn the animals that had earlier menaced the mouse. Each is terrified by the sight of the pair and runs off – and each time the gruffalo becomes more impressed with the mouse's apparent toughness. Exploiting this, the mouse threatens to eat the gruffalo, which flees.

This book is available in soft cover, in simplified chinese with no hanyu pinyin. For reading to a child, this book may suit children of 4 years and above. For self read, we would recommend this book for children above 7. 



Additional Information

For parents who are interested in the English version of this storybook, you can get it here. 

- The Gruffalo (English) (Hard Cover)

The Gruffalo (English) (Soft Cover)

Description in Chinese



打开封面封底,这一幅图就是一个故事——怪物一般的咕噜牛对上瘦小而灵巧的老鼠,你能看出他们彼此的关系吗?仔细看,主要角色——老鼠出现在左下方,而和他有冲突的角色——咕噜牛则出现在右上方,这是配合由左往右的阅读习惯。再注意他们的眼神,咕噜牛的眼睛发红、目光直射向他的猎物,小老鼠却是悠然自得、小眼珠滴溜溜地转,彷佛在打什么鬼主意,暗示着这是一个小老鼠对咕噜牛,以智巧取胜的故事。 翻开扉页,圆形的背景映衬出主角的故事。机灵的小老鼠像在邀请图画外的我们,一起进入这个故事。 
1999年 获斯马尔蒂斯儿童读物金奖(The Smarties Book Prize Gold Award同年,《哈里波特》是少年组的金奖得主),2000年 获蓝彼得儿童读物奖(Blue Petter Award)



朱莉娅·唐纳森(Julia Donaldson),英国著名作家。朱莉娅在正式进入儿童书创作领域之前,曾经长期为儿童电视节目创作歌曲、编写剧本,因此她的文字琅琅上口,深受孩子们的喜爱。到目前为止,朱莉娅已经为孩子们创作了40多部童年和戏剧。专职于童年创作之余,朱莉娅也经常访问学校与图书馆,为小读者讲故事或表演她的作品。 

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