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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 May, 2005, 07:32 GMT 08:32 UK
Julia Donaldson
Thre's now a follow-up to the book called "The Gruffalo's Child"

"A mouse took a stroll in the deep dark wood": the opening line of The Gruffalo, a picture book about a magical monster who's captured the hearts of millions of children.

The Gruffalo is Britain's best selling picture book.

Author Julia Donaldson, along with the illustrator Axel Schaffler produced the book, which has been hailed as a modern


Julia Donaldson spoke to Natasha and Dermot this morning Breakfast.

Julia said that she'd planned to write a book about a tiger but couldn't get anything to rhyme with it...she was looking for something to rhyme with "don't you know" and ended up putting grr (as in a tiger's roar) + oh together to make "gruffalo".

The book took just two weeks to write adn the rhythm on rhyme of its was influenced by Julia's previous career as a writer of children's songs.

Julia says she's been amazed by the book's success. There is now a play based on the book and it's been translated into 29 languages.

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