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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))
From the Back Cover
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.
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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What I like most about this book is the snark. Simply put, it's just really funny. Even if you've come to love Mo Willems' writing like I have, you still won't be able to predict what happens next because the story has a life of its own. The three dinosaurs (LOVE the +1 special guest dino...hahaha) are devious and little Goldilocks is so naughty and careless. It seems like our kids really are censored, especially when you compare the stories they read now, to stories that were told LONG ago that were often created to teach kids lessons about the dangerous world they lived in. This book follows suit and has its own morals to teach, but does so in such a hilarious manner.
I'm trying to write an essay and I'm really not sure why. I think that I should never review Willem's books here because most of the time my answer is just "I just love it. I love everything about it." My kids are 3 and 6, and my 3rd "child" is 31. We all love this story!! SO glad we ventured out our very happy home in the world of Knuffle Bunny, Pigeon, Elephant, and Piggie. We still love them- they're our favorites, but we have room in our bookshelf for many more favorites if they're anything like this!!
The key I think, is for the reader (listener) to be thoroughly familiar with multiple tellings of the Goldilocks story. My kids love one by Richard Scarry, a classic, but they also have read other versions with me. So when Goldilocks, in this story, one by one finds all of the chairs TOO TALL, my kids throw back their heads and roar. And they are right! Willems has messed with the rhythm of the classic, and it is hysterical.
This is a book that can be read ad nauseum by both children and adults. And that sort of book is worth keeping on your bookshelf.
I would especially recommend this book for little girls (even though our boys' boy loves it). No princesses here! This Goldilocks "never listened to anyone or anything. In particular, she never listened to warnings about the dangers of barging into strange, enormous houses. So as soon as she came across a strange, enormous house--" "She barged right in!" shouts our son.