“This book is a funny adaptation of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." It is extremely humorous, and promotes higher level thinking as children notice the differences and similarities between the two books. This book lends itself greatly to a conversation about similarities and differences, and the...”see full review » see other reviews »
“This book is a funny adaptation of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." It is extremely humorous, and promotes higher level thinking as children notice the differences and similarities between the two books. This book lends itself greatly to a conversation about similarities and differences, and the use of venn diagrams. Promotes descriptive language.”Sara Shelton-Bank Street College of Education wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
This is a fun version of goldilocks and the three bears, but with dinosaurs.”
“Willems, Mo. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs. New York: Balzer & Bray, 2012. Print.
Mo Willems take on the story of Goldilocks is very funny. There is a trend to write fractured fairy tales for children. Looking at the story we all know from a different perspective or telling it in a different way. This book is an excellent way to introduce the genre to children. The story begins with the entrapment. Three dinosaurs are setting up little Goldilocks hoping she’ll break in and fulfill her side of the story. They purposely cook pudding to different temperatures and leave a ladder in a convenient place so Goldilocks can reach the pudding.
This book made me laugh out loud and I look forward to sharing it with my students and patrons. I highly recommend this book for children ages 2-6. As a picture book for the intended age group I rate it 5 stars.
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“He starts the book in the traditional fairy tale style - "Once upon a time"- and then he throws tradition out the window and that's what I just love about him! A non-tradionalist I am.
"Once upon a time there were three hungry dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur, and some other Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway." What an intro! Sucks you right in doesn't it? They tidy up their house, prepare yummy chocolate pudding at different temperatures and just happen to go "somewhere else." They leave the door conveniently unlocked and their deviant little minds hope beyond hope that just maybe a stray little girl may wander in and be tempted to slurp up some of that pudding....ahh... a chocolate covered little girl could be just the thing to come back home to.
The illustrations are brilliant and the expressions and details make you laugh . It is just as entertaining if you skip the text and get lost in the humour of his art. I love the image of the Norwegian guest with his silly grin, quirky hat and his homeland flag stuck on the side of luggage, and Papa's sketched in eyebrows and moustache is a hoot!
The book is clever, witty and surprising...yes Goldilocks does appear, enter the unlocked house and is tempted to eat the chocolate bait but what happens next is shocking....twisted...surprising and no I am not going to tell you. You need to get the book and read it yourself because there are no spoilers here. Mo Willem's brilliant imagination and his sense of humour makes ME laugh, so when this story is read out loud to your kids the laughter will be infectious. Get a copy today and and extra for a gift to share.
“This book is a very funny remake of the original Goldilocks and the three bears. This would be a very fun book to read to children after having read or done a project on Goldilocks and the three bears. This would be a fun reading and just have the children laugh and enjoy, and learn that reading can be really fun and funny. The humor in this book is great, along with the illustrations, which are appealing to young children between ages 5 and 7. ”Jessica wrote this review Tuesday, April 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Mo Willems rolls out another hit, this time about a girl and her toy alligator. Read it and laugh out loud. Then read it again to laugh some more.”CSB Summer Reading wrote this review Tuesday, April 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Clever, clever, clever from the entertaining end papers to the small details such as a beautiful dinosaur French manicure...This book is all about inference...What are those dinosaurs actually up to? Love too the clever inclusion of the story moral and the "punchline" of the final page.”Jennifer B wrote this review Thursday, March 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“i found the pigeon hiding.
it is a good book.”
“Willem offers a refreshing take on this well-worn story. There are a few editorial comments on Goldilocks part in all this that I really appreciated. And the dinosaurs were not too subtle about what their plans were when they lay the trap for a little girl who would barge into a stranger's home.
““Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs" by Mo Willems; published by Balzer and Bray; New York; copyright 2012
1. Awards this book has won: None found
2. Appropriate grade level(s): This book is appropriate for children in prekindergarten through 2nd grade.
3. Summary: Mo Willems twist the average story of Goldilocks and puts her in a whole new adventure. Three dinosaurs: Papa dinosaur, Mama dinosaur, and a Dinosaur visiting from Norway all set up a trap to catch an unsuspecting little girl passing by. They set up three bowls of pudding, all at different temperatures, make their beds, and set up chairs in a strategic order. They leave their house and head to the woods to watch the little girl fall into their trap. Upon entering, Goldilocks realized that this was no average bears house. The bowls of pudding were HUGE! She ate them all anyway. But when she got to the beds, she realized that these were not bears, they were dinosaurs!!! She ran out the back door as fast as she can.
Review: Mo Willems' twist on the Goldilocks story was very entertaining, even at my age. The picture are colorful and descriptive. There is always something going on in the background to keep the child's attention. The lesson of the original story is still there even though it is different. The expressions on the faces are all easily interpreted. There are words not only written in text but written all over the page on signs and for dialogue.
4. Uses in the classroom:
-Identify what is occurring in the illustrations
-Think/Pair/Share with a partner the main events
-Teach a lesson about stranger danger.