Well, actually these are the three things I learnt from the Mouse in The Gruffalo.
1) If it doesn’t exist, you must make it up
Yep- necessity is the mother of invention! The Mouse created the Gruffalo to scare his predators, and as a bonus, he did this all in rhyme (which I love)!
2) Always know who is working for whom
When the Gruffalo materialised (oops! We thought it was a figment of Mouse’s imagination!), he was put under the impression that the animals are going to be afraid of Mouse.
Little did he know!
3) Be bigger than you really are
There are a few refrains in this book that makes it an enjoyable read- one of them is the Mouse telling the animals he meets in the woods just what the Gruffalo’s favourite food is. When he met the fox, the Gruffalo’s favourite food is ‘roasted fox’. When he met the snake, the Gruffalo’s favourite food is ‘scrambled snake’.
This is a theme that continues in The Gruffalo’s Child- I won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t read that one!
What is your favourite children’s book?