Saturday saw the opening of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Some lucky children were fortunate enough to meet up with a certain grrrrruff friend! That is Gruffalo a character invented for children to enjoy by Julia Donaldson.
Julia conjured up the idea of the Monster’s name to end in O so that it would rhyme with “doesn’t he know”. The “Gr” being a fierce start to the monster’s name, with a middle of “uffal” to make up that super name Gruffalo. A fierce name that displays a pleasing image of a monster, and it also projects an image of a buffalo. A buffalo more that is scary, fierce, friendly, and a fiend.
You can see Julia Donaldson in action here. You will need to register, and the event can be seen after registration.