Julia Donaldson und Axel Scheffler: The Gruffalo,




The Gruffalo

A mouse is walking through a wood. A fox sees the mouse. He is hungry and says,
”Where are you going little brown mouse? Come and have lunch in my underground house.”

“I’m sorry,” the mouse says, “I’m going to have lunch with a gruffalo.”
“A gruffalo?” “What’s a gruffalo?”
“A gruffalo is very big and has terrible teeth and terrible claws. And his favourite food is roasted fox.”

“Roasted fox! Oh no! I must run. Goodbye, little mouse.”
”Ha ha! What a silly fox! There are no gruffalos.”

The mouse walks on through the wood. An owl sees the mouse. She is hungry and says,
”Where are you going little brown mouse? Come and have lunch in my treetop house.”

“I’m sorry,” the mouse says, “I’m going to have lunch with a gruffalo.”
“A gruffalo?” “What’s a gruffalo?”
“A gruffalo is very big and has terrible claws and a big wart on his nose. And his favourite food is owl ice cream.”
“Owl ice cream! Oh no! I must fly. Goodbye, little mouse.”
”Ha ha! What a silly owl! There are no gruffalos.”

The mouse walks on through the wood. A snake sees the mouse. He is hungry and says,
”Where are you going little brown mouse? Come and have lunch in my logpile house.”

“I’m sorry,” the mouse says, “I’m going to have lunch with a gruffalo.”
“A gruffalo?” “What’s a gruffalo?”
“A gruffalo is very big and has orange eyes, his tongue is black and he has purple prickles on his back. And his favourite food is roasted snake.”

“Roasted snake! Oh no! ” the snake says. “Goodbye, little mouse.”
”Ha ha! What a silly snake! There are no gruffalos.”

But what’s that? There is a monster with terrible teeth, terrible claws and a wart on his nose. And he has orange eyes, his tongue is black and he has purple prickles on his back.

“Oh help! It’s a gruffalo.”

“My favourite food!” the gruffalo says, “Mouse on a slice of bread.”
“Aren’t you afraid of me?” the mouse says.
“Ho ho, I am not afraid of a litte mouse.”
“Everyone is afraid of me. Come with me and you’ll see.”
“All right.”

So the mouse and the gruffalo are walking through the wood.
Soon they meet the snake.
“Hello snake,” the mouse says.
The snake looks at the gruffalo.
“Oh no,” he says and quickly hides in his logpile house.
“You see?” says the mouse. “Everyone is afraid of me.”
“Amazing,” says the gruffalo.

So the mouse and the gruffalo walk on.
Soon they meet the owl.
“Hello owl,” the mouse says.
The owl looks at the gruffalo.
“Oh no,” she says and quickly flies to her treetop house.
“You see?” says the mouse. “Everyone is afraid of me.”
“Amazing,” says the gruffalo.

So the mouse and the gruffalo walk on.
Soon they meet the fox.
“Hello fox,” the mouse says.
The fox looks at the gruffalo.
“Oh no,” he says and quickly runs to his underground house.
“You see?” says the mouse. “Everyone is afraid of me.”
“Amazing,” says the gruffalo.

“But now I’m very hungry,” the mouse says. “And my favourite food is gruffalo steak.”

“Gruffalo steak! Oh no.”
And the gruffalo runs away as fast as he can.

Now it is very quiet in the wood.
The mouse finds a nut and the nut is good.


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