Story time is the best time of the day. Whether we're snuggled up on the couch or cozy in our pjs before bed, reading stories with my little ones is one of my favorite things to do. Everyone has a favorite book they remember from their childhood, and every day, parents and kids are discovering new classics of their own. There are many fabulous children's books out there, some of which everyone knows about and others we would have never discovered had my son not simply pulled a random book off a library shelf. I created this blog to share some of these wonderful stories with you. Think of it as a year's worth of the best children's books around, since no day should be without a great story. In the end, I hope we'll all have discovered at least a few new titles that will have made their way onto our list of family favorites. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Day 33: The Gruffalo

In honor of National Library Week and Drop Everything And Read day, we decided to visit one of our favorite local libraries this afternoon to find some great new books.  We had to get a few new Henry and Mudge, of course, but this book took home the prize for favorite story of the day.  The Gruffalo was recommended to me by Rose, a friend of the blog, and we are so happy that she shared this with us.  Thanks, Rose! 

The Gruffalo tells the story of a clever, quick-witted mouse who is taking a stroll through the deep dark wood.  He encounters several hungry predators along the way who try to lure him in -- ironically, a sly fox, wise owl, and slippery snake -- but each time he manages to scare them away with tales of his imaginary friend, the Gruffalo.  "He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws."  (The Gruffalo is rather reminiscent of a Wild Thing, to me.)  The Gruffalo doesn't really exist... or so mouse thinks!  When a Gruffalo actually appears in the woods and wants to eat mouse for lunch, our furry little friend once again succeeds in out-cunning his much larger foe.  I won't tell you much more, since it's fun to discover how this story plays out.  Donaldson's rhymes are clever, making this a fun book to read aloud, and Axel Scheffler's illustrations are equally as appealing.  We've already read this one four times since checking it out of the library today, so it must be good!  We've read a few other Donaldson books that will make our list at some point, so if you haven't yet discovered her works, look for them the next time you visit the library.   The Gruffalo was her first children's book.  Enjoy!


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