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The Gruffalo's Child

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Some peril in sweet storybook sequel.

Movie NR 2012 40 minutes
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This darling film based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler turns the tables on the original story's plot, making the Mouse the object of fascination for the mini Gruffalo. In some ways, this makes it even more fun for kids, since they know from the start that a mouse would be no match for the young Gruffalo, yet her anxiety grows with every step that brings her nearer to his whereabouts. What's more, there are some good life lessons tied up in the story, particularly when it comes to fearing the unknown and creative problem-solving.

Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter and set to beautiful music that complements the enchanting animation, The Gruffalo's Child spans the age divide to entertain families, but if your little one is a sensitive sort, you may want to preview the movie to suss out the impact of some of the more perilous moments before you tune in together.

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