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In The Gruffalo, a wily woodland mouse manages to escape being eaten by predators by telling them that an imaginary monster is going to appear at any minute. Of course, the mouse doesn't really expect the monster to appear, and when it does, he has to use his wits to make the Gruffalo believe that he is so scary himself that the warty beast would be making a really, big mistake if he tried to eat him! Donaldson's use of repeated narrative and rhymes soon has little readers chanting the story, while Axel Scheffler's distinctive, crazy-eyed creatures stylishly underline the humour.
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