From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—In this modernized version of the fairy tale, the bears are a jammin' rock-and-roll group, but they can't seem to draw a crowd. They really need a singer who can hit the high notes. While they're out auditioning new talent, Goldi walks into their house/studio. But this blond youngster bypasses the porridge in favor of the musical gear. Naturally, the bears are outraged when they come home to find a sleeping girl, but once they find out she has pipes of gold, they write a new song, "Too Hot, Too Cold, or Just Right?" and their new band is a hit. This retelling stays committed to the rock-and-roll concept. The text is short, and the pacing is quick, but quite a few of the slang terms could make the book inaccessible for some children. The illustrations, pencil and painted textures combined with Photoshop, are grounded in a golden-brown palette and are reminiscent of concept art created for animated films. Although the pictures are lively and fun, there are a few continuity issues. Most notably, on one page Goldi is wearing Baby Bear's headphones, but after that page they disappear without explanation. The story attempts to appeal to the hipness of rock and roll, but mostly the plot is trite and predictable. Good for kids with an interest in music, but less engaging for others.—Amy Seto Musser, Denver Public Library
About the Author
Corey Rosen Schwartz lives in Warren, New Jersey. Her family often holds "X Factor" events in their living room.
Beth Coulton lives in Soulebury, Pennsylvania. Her house full of musical instruments and recording equipment, just like the Three Bears'.
Nate Wragg is an animator and art director in the animation industry. He lives in Los Angeles, California.