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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems Hardcover – September 4, 2012

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“Willems has delivered his very best work so far—this is a tasty treat for kids already fluent with the original, and for any fan of funny, and everybody will want to read it again and again and again.” (Booklist (starred review))

“With a sense of irony (and humor) as sharp as this dinosaur trio’s talons, Willems’s retelling is a sure bet for audiences who have moved beyond more gently witty fare.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“This is pure Mo Willems, from the many visual gags in the cleanly drawn illustrations and the tight, tongue-in-cheek story line to the endpapers .... Readers of all ages will find much to chuckle about in this wacky retelling.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

“On every page, the text winks broadly at readers, first pointing to and then playing with conventions of folklore, narrative voice, literary foreshadowing, and plain old common sense.” (Horn Book (starred review))

“A hilariously fractured fairy tale….Top-notch for group storytime” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Mo Willems is to our era what Margaret Wise Brown was a half century ago…. Like Brown, Willems has his finger on the pulse of what interests children most. His books are simple, not simplistic; they are clever, witty, various, and surprising.” (Boston Globe)

Praise for HOORAY FOR AMANDA AND HER ALLIGATOR: “Amusing and heartwarming, it will leave Willems’s fans totally satisfied.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

Praise for HOORAY FOR AMANDA AND HER ALLIGATOR: “Six and a half short stories make up this expertly paced page-turner about a girl and her toy alligator, laced with the kid-centric humor on which Willems has built his career. ” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

Praise for HOORAY FOR AMANDA AND HER ALLIGATOR: “The pacing, word volume and wide trim size are all inviting and encouraging, bringing readers close to the cozy friendship between Amanda and her impatient stuffed friend. ” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

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Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur . . . and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway.

One day—for no particular reason—they decided to tidy up their house, make the beds, and prepare pudding of varying temperatures. And then—for no particular reason—they decided to go . . . someplace else. They were definitely not setting a trap for some succulent, unsupervised little girl.

Definitely not!

This new take on a fairy-tale classic is so funny and so original—it could only come from the brilliant mind of Mo Willems.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 910L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; First Edition edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062104187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062104182
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Let me start by saying that I am not always a Mo Willems fan. Yes, there are some books that I adore, but there are many that I feel are almost mass produced just for the paycheck. This book definitely falls into the category of ones I adore.

From cover to cover, I was laughing out loud. Literally, the covers have possible other titles, such as Goldilocks and the 3-for-1 special. Many of them are hilarious! I read this book at the library where I work, and I was laughing so much that my coworkers were looking at me like I was crazy.

So this is a retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, obviously. What child isn't going to like a familiar story retold with dinosaurs? Some of the humor will probably be lost on small children, but that doesn't mean they won't like the story. That means you have a story that children will like and parents will be begging their children to listen to. In the story the dinosaurs "Went Someplace Else and were definitely not hiding in the woods waiting for an unsuspecting kid to come by." That right there pretty much sets the tone for the whole book.

I don't want to ruin much of this story's charm by telling you what happens. I just have to say, Goldilocks' face when she is done with the bowls of pudding is priceless. Also, make sure you look at the pictures closely, especially the posters. You should probably explain to your kids why the "We are natural gas" poster is so funny (they're dinosaurs... they're natural gas... get it?!) Definitely read this book.
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Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh.

Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh.

Oh, that's a good book. Check out the to-do list on the dinoaurs' fridge -- pudding, chairs, bed, EAT. Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh.

I'm raising a family of boys. Some of us think this book is absolutely terrific. For a long weekend boredom-killer assignment, I asked them to write (or draw and tell me) a similar story of twisted expectations. They got it.

Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh.

That's a good book.
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"Be patient, Papa Dinosaur! The trap is not yet sprung!"

A Mama Dinosaur, a Papa Dinosaur, and some other Dinosaur visiting from Norway hatch a plan to lure a succulent child who just happens to come upon their unlocked home while they are someplace else. Before going someplace else, for no particular reason, the three Dinosaurs make their beds, position their chairs just so, and cook three bowls of delectable chocolate pudding at different temperatures. Soon enough, a little girl named Goldilocks comes moseying along. Of course, Goldilocks is a girl who never listens to warnings, especially about not barging into big empty houses. The tempting delicious smell of chocolate pudding is too much for Goldilocks and she consumes every last spoonful. Discovering that the chairs are much too big for her to sit and take a rest, she decides to hike over to the bedroom, where she determines that the gigantic beds must belong to some really nutty bears. Just as Goldilocks is mulling this over, she hears a loud, booming noise that sounds like "A few more minutes, and she'll be asleep. Delicious chocolate-filled little girl bonbons are yummier when they're rested." Goldilocks thinks very hard, and not being a fool, she conjures up a plan of her own. Mo Willems has done it again in creating a brilliantly funny, laugh out loud, retelling of a timeless fairy tale. The illustrations are genius with subtle humor on every page.
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I bought this book for my 5 year old grandson. I must first admit that he has virtually every Mo Willems book published. He loved this book in particular because of the twist on the Goldilocks and The Three Bears story. He giggles every-time we read the book. A nice add to his library collection.
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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.
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