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The Three Billy Goats Gruff Hardcover – August 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books (August 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841483494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841483498
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,198,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Finch (The Little Red Hen and the Ear of Wheat) and Arenson (One, Two, Skip a Few!) play up this familiar tale's lean but highly satisfying narrative trajectory. With the immediacy and economy of a skilled storyteller, Finch includes just enough sound effects and role-playing opportunities to bring the action to life without weighing down its progress. The troll, for instance, croons a catchy ditty: "I'm a troll, from a deep dark hole,/ My belly's getting thinner,/ I need to eat and goat's a treat / So I'll have you for my dinner." Arenson embellishes her vibrant full-spread collages with stenciling and flourishes, but there's an admirable sense of restraint at work here, in perfect harmony with Finch's voice. With their blocky bodies, bright, mischievous eyes and stylish coats of yellow, pink or aqua, the goats make for a trio of spunky heroes. Their nemesis is impressively grimy, thanks to Arenson's use of fibery brown papers, but he also sports fetching purple toenails. The artist crops her collages to underscore the drama: one scene is composed like an overhead shot, looking down on the littlest goat crossing the bridge as the troll menaces him from underneath. These appealing billy goats put up with no guff. Ages 6-8.

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From School Library Journal

reS-As in earlier versions of the familiar story, the goats trick the troll that intends to eat them, but this retelling offers a less-menacing variation. The troll sings his threats to the animals rather than shouting at them, and does not end up as "bits, body, and bones." This kinder, gentler tone is enhanced by Arenson's bright multimedia illustrations. Composed of watercolor, oil pastel, crayon, and stencil work, these collages lend a cheerful tone to the book. The colorful goats, one lemon yellow, another shocking pink, and the third a watery blue, are whimsical, and even the troll is not very threatening. This book may be useful in introducing the goats to a younger, more impressionable audience that may not be ready for the more aggressive traditional tale.

Shara Alpern, The Free Library of Philadelphia

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Solomon on February 22, 2008
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I bought this book on an impulse, simply based on the brightly colored illustrations and a brief refrain that that appears when you look inside the book. I couldn't be more delighted with this purchase. The book is a wonderful addition to my fairy tale library and my kindergarten kids absolutely LOVE listening to and participating in the retelling of the story, especially the rhyming refrain..... "I'm a troll from a deep dark hole - my belly's getting thinner. I need to eat and goat's a treat - so I'll have you for my dinner!".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Robert W. Clark on December 17, 2007
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The Three Billy Goats Gruff The Billy Goats Gruff books are perfect for our two grand sons, Chapman and MaCrady, who have just gotten interested in goats. They are thrilled to be able to read the book, have a second book read to them, and a CD to play the story for them. A fourth book about the three billy goats allows them to have cut outs with which they can create their own story about them. It is highly recommended for boys or girls 4 through 8 years of age.
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By burton meyer on August 13, 2014
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It was sent as a gift directly to my four year-old grandson. He liked the story and illustrations.
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