If your creature came to your house what would you do? Would you offer it something to eat? Would you play a game together, such as hide and seek or Monopoly? Would you read it a story or play some music? What would you and the creature talk about?
Does your creature live in a forest, in a jungle, on a moor or in a zoo? Perhaps it has a job. Does it work in a school, a supermarket, an old grey office or a library? Maybe it plays music in a hand orchestra or writes stories for children.
How does your creature make you feel? Is your creature terrifying, fascinating, revolting, boring or adorable? Perhaps it’s a mixture of all these things.
Does your creature have special powers? Can it see into the future or read people’s minds? Is it a book worm, an extraordinary poet or a brilliant chef?
The Gruffalo has purple prickles, a poisonous wart and knobbly knees. What kind of body does your creature have? How does its skin feel when you touch it? Does its physical characteristics reflect its personality?
What kind of personality does your creature have? Is it bubbly and bouncy, grumpy and scary, ridiculous and nonsensical, ridiculously knowledgeable or lonely and in need of a hug?
Now it’s time to draw and write about your talking creature and let us know what it says. You could create a whole story or simply a beautiful illustration. Send your creations to firstname.lastname@example.org or share them on Twitter @BL_Learning using #DiscoveringChildrensBooks, and together, we’ll create a magic zoo.
This activity includes text adapted by British Library Learning from Talking animals in children's books by Piers Torday.