A classic for sure, this story follows on from the infamous 'The Gruffalo.' It's hard to fathom that it was only Julia's second picture book.
Delving deeper into the character who captured the imagination of so many children, Julia now focuses the story from the view point of the gruffalo. The book opens with the gruffalo tucked up in his cave with his child - hence the title. Look carefully at the cave paintings, Axel Scheffler's trade mark witty illustrations are evident from the beginning in this one. It is now the gruffalo's child who ventures into the forest, all the time mindful of the stories he has heard of the big bad mouse.
We love the rhyming pattern to this, making it perfect for bedtime reading. The quirky pictures are great on their own - with the stickman (star of another book by this author) appearing on many of the pages.