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Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox Hardcover – February 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (February 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689829817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689829819
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.6 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As if the itching and fever of chicken pox isn't bad enough, poor little Goldie Locks can't visit with her friends Red Riding Hood and Bo Peep, and her younger brother is positively ruthless in his teasing. What's a fairy tale gal to do? Wait for Bro's karmic comeuppance, that's what. And if the law of traveling germs holds true, the uppance will come quickly.

Erin Dealey's rhyming lark plays havoc with favorite storybook characters, from Henny Penny to Jack (Goldie's brother calls out the window: "Jack, be nimble! Jack, be quick! / Come and see! My sister's sick!"). Illustrator Hanako Wakiyama's Goldie Locks, with her big, spotted face and tiny blonde braids, is the picture of wretchedness, while her naughty tow-headed sibling is fiendish in his bursting good health (for now, anyway). The distinctive artwork in retro reds and oranges is chock-full of witty details and child-friendly perspectives. Young readers who have suffered at the hands of bratty brothers and sisters will identify immediately with Goldie's frustration and cheer when Little Brother finally gets his just and speckled deserts. (Ages 4 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

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In Dealey's debut, Goldilocks is a mid-century-modern girl, with her beige-blonde hair in pinch-tight braids and red barrettes. She mopes in bed or in her living-room Egg chair, sipping a cold drink and glumly surveying the pink "polka dots" on her rosy skin. Nursery characters like Little Red regret that Goldilocks can't "come to Gram's" with her, while others tell her not to scratch the spots: "`Leave them be,' agreed Bo Peep,/ Who happened by in search of sheep./ `That's sound advice for chicken pox./ It doesn't work for wayward flocks.' " Dealey's stilted rhymes hark back to the early years of the baby boom and "Dick and Jane" readers; Goldie endures the taunts of an unsympathetic little brother, while Father (dressed in a smoking jacket or dude-ranch shirt) maintains discipline. Wakiyama (Too Big!) likewise mimics 1950s picture books in her oversaturated color illustrations, printed on cream-yellow, faux-aged pages. Her work suggests the era of color separations, with fragile paper and opaque orange and turquoise inks. This fond look at old-fashioned fairy tales and family-sitcom dynamics injects wry touches (when Little Red comes by, a wolf peers in the window) that let readers in on the joke. Ages 3-6.

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GOLDIE LOCKS HAS CHICKEN POX is a delightful book!
paintballer
The story is told in clever unsentimental rhyme and includes characters from other fairy tales.
Tanya Sepulveda
This book is one of our favorites from the library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By paintballer on February 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
GOLDIE LOCKS HAS CHICKEN POX is a delightful book! The fast moving rhyming text is enhanced by Hanako Wakiyama's amusing and detailed illustrations. My 6 year old son laughed aloud as he read it!
As a clinical psychologist and a mother of two, I am always looking for books which take common childhood experiences and infuse them with humor, compassion and imagination. Dealey and Wakiyama succeed in a way that will make you want to read about Goldie and her storybook friends again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tanya Sepulveda on September 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The story is told in clever unsentimental rhyme and includes characters from other fairy tales. My favorite aspect of this book is the 1950's retro illustrations which are a pleasant departure from the plethora of realism in today's children's illustrations. Part of enjoying children's literature includes the transportation into a fantasy world and celebrating imagination. This book has roots of 1950's in the furniture, clothing, and style of drawings, but the context of the drawings to the story is the most creative and progressive approach to a picture book that I've seen in a while.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PVSusan on March 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I was hooked from the minute I read the title. Goldie's storybook friends (the three bears, Henny Penny, Little Bo Peep and more) ask how she is doing and her annoying little brother tries to connect the dots. It?s a truly creative tale that both my daughters (ages 2 and 4) absolutely love. I am looking forward to reading more stories from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "kissed00" on February 10, 2002
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I remember when I got the chicken pox and my brother's teased me just like Goldie's brother teases her. I enjoyed how Erin Dealey incorporated old nursery rhyme characters in the story. When I read about Jack be Nimble it made me think back to that nursery rhyme, as well as many others. I truly enjoyed reading Goldie Locks has Chicken Pox and I reccomended it to my Children's Literature class. Dealey and Wakiyama did a wonderful job!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader on March 9, 2002
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We were given this book when one child got chicken pox...and appreciated it all over again when her sister came down w/ it 21 days later!
This is a fun romp of a story, which the Kindergarten/1st grade set particularly enjoy because it has so many familiar pieces. They love recognizing both the skewed bits of other fairy tales and the whole chicken pox process.
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By Michelle on December 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is so cute. Goldie Locks has chicken pox and her little brother won't leave her alone. There are some familiar faces that drop by to check on Goldie and brother gets a little bit jealous.

Mamma Bear assures Goldie's mom that Baby Bear is fine because bears can't get chicken pox. Henny Penny comes by to let the Lock's that the sky is falling. Jack Be Nimble wants to play with Goldie but her dad doesn't think it's such a good idea. Little Bo Peep has stopped by to see if she can find her sheep and Little Red Riding Hood wants some company on the way to her grandmother's house.

It is a very contemporary book with humor and intrigue. Goldie's brother just can't stop teasing her. He wants to connect her dots and wants to know why she can have ice cream and treats and he can't. At the end of the story however, he ends up with some very mysterious spots.

This poem will make children laugh and get them excited because they will recognize other characters form other nursery rhymes. They will also be able to relate to Goldie if they have ever had chicken pox themselves. It is a very cute and simply entertaining story for children to enjoy.
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My daughter received this as a Christmas gift when she was 4. Two years later it is still an absolute favorite in our house. Her younger sisters love it but she insists on keeping it in her room. It is a funny, well-written story that would stand out on its own, but the illustrations make it even better. I love how Ms. Dealey brings in the other characters, making it seem like all the characters are part of a big storybook world, where Henny Penny plays with Baby Bear and Little Red Riding Hood! Buy the book....you will be glad you spent the money!!
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Goldie Locks has Chicken Pox is a well-written, funny story that I would recommend every parent read to their child when they have Chicken Pox to keep their mind off of them. One thing I really liked about this book was that it mentions other children's stories like Henny Penny, Little Red Riding Hood and Little Bo Peep. My very favourite part was the illustration that went with this line:
"Let's Connect them!" shouted Brother.
Erin Dealey and Hanako Wakiyama did a very good job together on this book. The illustrations are hilarious.
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