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Making a Monster

The book was a collaboration between author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler and the process always starts with the writing. Following this, Axel gets to work, bringing Julia’s creations to life. For The Gruffalo, he draws outlines in black and adds colour with ink using brushes and finishes with crayon on top.

 

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“The launch of the first Gruffalo coin in February was a great 20th birthday present for him, and the issue of a second collectable 50p coin in the same year feels like the icing on his birthday cake.”
Julia Donaldson
“The launch of the first Gruffalo coin in February was a great 20th birthday present for him, and the issue of a second collectable 50p coin in the same year feels like the icing on his birthday cake.”
Julia Donaldson
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“The hard part for me is not getting the idea, it is turning it into a story with a beginning, a middle and an end.”
Julia Donaldson
“The hard part for me is not getting the idea, it is turning it into a story with a beginning, a middle and an end.”
Julia Donaldson
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“Having never imagined that the Gruffalo would appear on a coin, it is great that we have two coins in the 20th year of the book. A love of the story unites children across the world and I hope that they will be able to cherish these stories for a long time.”
Axel Scheffler
“Having never imagined that the Gruffalo would appear on a coin, it is great that we have two coins in the 20th year of the book. A love of the story unites children across the world and I hope that they will be able to cherish these stories for a long time.”
Axel Scheffler
Gruffalo
“When I first envisaged him, over 20 years ago, I never anticipated that my artwork would be used on a coin. The Gruffalo was born of an Anglo-German creative collaboration and it’s amazing to see how his universal appeal continues to connect with families across the world.”
Axel Scheffler
“When I first envisaged him, over 20 years ago, I never anticipated that my artwork would be used on a coin. The Gruffalo was born of an Anglo-German creative collaboration and it’s amazing to see how his universal appeal continues to connect with families across the world.”
Axel Scheffler

The Gruffalo in the Wild!

The Gruffalo books are a collaboration between author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. The process always starts with the writing, then Axel brings Julia’s words to life, starting with outlines in black before adding colour to his creations with ink and crayons.

Julia and Axel’s work has captured millions of little imaginations in the 20 years since The Gruffalo was first published. The story inspires a sense of adventure and today the monster with ‘terrible teeth and terrible claws’ has now made his way from the page into the wild. He can be found popping up on coins, lurking on woodland trails and even on a theme park ride at Chessington World of Adventures Resort!

 

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