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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, ill. Axel Scheffler

GruffaloIf we are to assume that the point of my podcast Fuse 8 n’ Kate is to shine a light on “classic” picture books and ascertain whether or not they deserve that designation, it’s a short walk to doing the same for books from other countries. What better then than to consider a picture book that is MASSIVELY successful in England, and only mildly recognized in the States. As a reminder, it was listener Rebekah Harris-Hughes who should receive full credit for suggesting today’s book. So thank you, Rebekah!

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Source Notes:

-If you follow no other links in these source notes, you MUST listen to the Deep In Bear Country: Episode 156. I have never heard such insightful discussions of bullying in children’s literature.

– Do check out the Dean Forest and it’s rather adorable Gruffalo Trail.

– Further information on checking out the Gruffalo statues at Kilmardinny Loch.

– You’ll have to pay YouTube to see the full film of this Best Animated Short nominee, but here are some clips:

– Kate would like me to specify that yes, there is a Dean McDermott. And he is married to Tori Spelling. That is all.

– Here is the frog that looks a bit perturbed.


– And this is Kate’s chosen tattoo. Look, you answer me this. How does this bird feel at this moment in time?


– It is possible that the Chinese folktale this book borrowed its idea from is the 1921 collection The Chinese Fairy Book. A bit vague on the origins there, though.

The Gruffalo website is a bit of a trip. Watch out for its theme song. It surprises you if you don’t expect it.

– There really is a Gruffalo River Ride Adventure. Would I lie to you?

– And for those of you wondering, this is the tanuki. Awwww.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.