The Gruffalo has been a firm favourite in this house ever since Baby M was old enough to be propped up, and sit quietly, whilst being read to.

It is the story, written in rhyme by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, of an unassuming little mouse who outwits all the scary, carniverous creatures in the wood by pretending that she is just about to meet the even-more-scary-and-carniverous Gruffalo, a fictional creature that the mouse has invented. When fiction becomes reality and a Gruffalo actually appears – and threatens to eat the mouse! – some quick thinking is in order.