A little mouse goes on a walk through the woods and has encounters with three animals that want to eat him. He runs into a fox, an owl, and a snake. He tells each of them that he is meeting a gruffalo (a grizzly bear/ buffalo) near by, which he made up. He tells them that the gruffalo likes to eat fox, owl, and snake which deters them from eating him. After leaving the last animal, the mouse runs into an ACTUAL gruffalo. The gruffalo was going to eat him, but this clever little mouse warned the gruffalo that he was frighting and everyone in the woods is afraid of him. The mouse tells the gruffalo to follow him back through the woods which he does. The mouse and the gruffalo encounter the snake, owl, and fox. Each animal runs away scared when they see the mouse and the gruffalo. This would be a great book for 1st and 2nd grade to incorporate sequencing events in the story.