A clever mouse “takes a stroll through the deep dark wood” where it seems every animal he encounters wants to eat him. He outwits them all by inventing a monstrous creature call a gruffalo that he claims is meeting him for lunch. He tells the snake, “…his favorite food is scrambled snake.” This news sends each predator running for their lives and the mouse walks on unscathed until…he meets a real live gruffalo!

A rolicking, effortlessly rhymed, joy to read. Utterly entertaining, appropriately suspenseful, with the affable, whip-smart hero coming out on top in the end. The art is delightful, with the gruffalo rendered just as the mouse had described.