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Gruffalo Anniversary Stamps

Royal Mail special stamps mark 20 years of the Gruffalo

To mark the 20th anniversary of the best-selling children’s book The Gruffalo, Royal Mail announced the release of 10 special stamps depicting characters from the tale. Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the book has sold over 14.5 million copies worldwide.

Six of the stamps are from the original tale, and follow Mouse’s progress through the deep dark wood, introducing the other characters one by one. An additional four stamps are presented in a Miniature Sheet to complete the set. Royal Mail commissioned Axel Scheffler to create unique, new illustrations for the stamps.

The brand-new, full colour work shows off the Gruffalo and the other well-known characters (Owl, Snake, Fox and Mouse) in a composite artwork. The scene mirrors the main story with Mouse looking on knowingly, as the other characters react in alarm to the Gruffalo.

Philip Parker, Royal Mail, said: “We celebrate 20 years of The Gruffalo with these charming stamps, and are delighted that Axel has taken us back to the deep, dark wood with his new illustrations of the much-loved characters.”

A full set of all 10 stamps, available in a Presentation Pack (which includes a Gruffalo snakes and ladders game), retails at £12.20. The stamps and a range of collectible products are available to pre-order now at and by phone on 03457 641 641.

The stamps will be available on general sale at 7,000 Post Offices across the UK from 10 October.

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