Books of the Week: ‘Grug Gets Lost’ and ‘Grug Meets a Dinosaur’

Books of the Week: ‘Grug Gets Lost’ and ‘Grug Meets a Dinosaur’

Do you remember the Grug stories from your childhood? We’re long-time fans, so we’re very excited that two brand new adventures have just been released: Grug Gets Lost and Grug Meets a Dinosaur.

Grug Gets Lost Grug meets a Dinosaur

The first Grug books were published in the late 1970s and there are now over thirty stories available!

Each book is very short (perfect for just a quick bedtime read), with an easy-to-follow story and bright illustrations.

Grug himself looks a bit like a stripey haystack with eyes, a mouth and a very oversized nose.

It’s amazing how expressive that face can be! And how much kid-appeal he has.

So, what kind of a creature is Grug? Well,

‘Once the top of a Burrawang tree fell to the ground …
and the grassy top began to change. It became Grug.’

Author-illustrator Ted Prior has also worked as a police officer and art teacher as well as in children’s TV and animation. He created Grug when his children were very young: he wanted to come up with their own imaginary bush animal and write a story about it.

Why we love these two new adventures:

Grug cameo with basketSet in the Australian bush, each of these stories puts Grug in a tricky situation which leads to a brief, exciting climax and then a reassuring resolution

The illustrations are bright and very simple – beginner readers will enjoy retelling the story through the pictures. And in each book there is a little something we can spot in an image that Grug can’t: who was it who took some food from Grug’s basket, and where is the goanna? Kids love knowing more about what’s happening in a story than the characters do!

The stories are short (parent-friendly for bedtime!) and they’re also very well-priced.

In Grug Gets Lost, Grug takes a detour on the way home from shopping. He finds himself somewhere unfamiliar and a little bit frightening. But after a nap, everything is OK again. We like the gentle message that things often seem better after you sleep on them!

There’s a fast-paced chase and a little bit of slapstick in Grug Meets a Dinosaur, as Grug mistakes a goanna for a fearsome prehistoric creature and tries to run away. The overly friendly goanna ends up on his head!

Grug cameo with goannaWe recommend Grug for reading with kids of around 2+. The series is also great for Kinder and Year 1 classrooms.

Buy the books: Grug Gets Lost, Grug Meets a Dinosaur

Visit Grug’s website.

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Synopsis

Once the top of a Burrawang tree fell to the ground and became ... Grug!Grug has returned from the wilderness to remind us again of the magic of childhood, the importance of renewing the Australian wilderness and the caution we all need to take in the wild world out there.This classic Aussie hero is back from the bush to enchant a new generation of youngsters!#3 in the Top 50 Kids' Books 2019 - Younger Readers 
Ted Prior
About the author

Ted Prior

Ted Prior previously worked as a police officer and art teacher. He also worked in children's TV and animation. In 1979 he started his Grug series of children's picture books.

Books by Ted Prior

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