This large-format edition of the traditional story offers plenty of scope for Clark’s colorful illustrations. While the plot remains the same, the telling is a little more elaborate here than in most versions, with a couple of new refrains and added dialogue, such as Daddy Bear’s reacting to Baby Bear’s discovery of his broken chair by growling about the perpetrator: That someone is a hooligan and a thief . . . and if I find them, there’s going to be trouble. The idyllic setting is the Bear family’s mountaintop cottage, surrounded by flowering woodlands and filled with checked, plaid, and flower-and-leaf-print furniture, wallpapers, curtains, rugs, bedspreads, and china. The controlled profusion of patterns gives the pencil-and-acrylic illustrations a busy but cheerful look. After the bears discover Goldilocks in bed, the tension of this potentially scary scene is eased by visual humor when the frightened girl’s foot-long hair stands straight up. Recommended for the freshness and energy of its artwork. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan
It is Chichester Clark's visual capturing of both Goldilocks and the bears that makes this book such a treat... This witty, visually absorbing large-format version of an old story is highly recommended for reading aloud, either to a group or at bedtime and for general enjoyment by child or adult. Books for Keeps What a superb rendition of an old favourite this is. Old it may be, but Emma Chichester Clark has done something incredibly difficult while making it appear easy - present a straightforward telling that has a fresh modern feel both verbal and visual and which stays true to the oral tradition. Into this large format book she has worked a wealth of detail and delicious touches. The Word Pool
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