We read The Gruffalo which has sold over 10 million copies. Before we read the story or looked at the cover, we predicted what the story might be about from the title. Then I presented a description of the Gruffalo and we all tried to visualize what he might look like from that description before seeing the illustrations. I explained that the mouse tries to persuade the other animals throughout the story and instructed the children to listen for examples of persuasion. There are several examples of alliteration in the story too.
There is a sequel to the story: The Gruffalo’s Child. There are some great descriptive words in the story and it has traits like a “tall tale”.