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The Gruffalo named UK's top bedtime tale

9th November 2009

Julia Donaldson's children's tale The Gruffalo has been voted the UK's favourite bedtime story in a BBC Radio 2 poll.

Almost 20,000 listeners voted for their favourite bedtime tale from an eight-strong shortlist featured on The Jeremy Vine Show, with The Gruffalo taking around one-fifth of the votes.

Vine described Donaldson as the 'Shakespeare of children's writers' and claimed that her other works, which include The Troll and The Snail and the Whale, also display her particular style of 'genius'.

'Why The Gruffalo? It's a beautiful, funny, suspenseful tale of a clever mouse and a rather lovely but just-a-bit-scary monster - with a twist Agatha Christie would have been proud of,' the presenter added.

In the poll, A.A. Milne's Winnie The Pooh was voted the nation's second favourite bedtime story, while The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle came in third.

Recently, the shortlist for the 2010 Blue Peter Book Awards was unveiled, including nominations for Why Eating Bogeys is Good for You by Mitchell Symons, Daren King's Peter the Penguin Pioneer and Ali Sparkes' Frozen in Time.

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