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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.

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; 1st 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 (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Valerie A. Baute on September 14, 2012
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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I adore this book. If I didn't buy it for my kids, I'd probably have purchased it for myself. What I love about this book most is that Mo Willems wrote it. Seriously. He just doesn't disappoint and he's such a fantastic storyteller and artist. As an adult with a strong affection for good childrens' stories, I can't express enough how important it is to me that books encourage children to fill in the blanks with their imaginations. I have to be careful saying that, because I don't want to indicate that there is anything missing. Rather, I think a really good book will ignite the momentum for their imaginations to keep rolling, while the story is going, but also long after it is over!

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!!
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