- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (August 22, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399170723
- ISBN-13: 978-0399170720
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PreS-Gr 2—In an aquatic version of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," Kiniro, the beautiful mermaid, is intrigued by the mystique and beauty of the little seashell house she swims by. Curious, she enters the home and sees breakfast set on the table. Unable to resist, Kiniro tastes the marine delicacies. The delicious morsel in the smallest bowl is her favorite, and she eats it up completely. The mermaid then floats to the living room and sits in three chairs. The smallest chair is the prettiest, but she breaks it to bits as she tries to wiggle in. Finally, Kiniro feels the three beds and discovers that she loves the little clamshell swing bed the most. This is where the octopus family finds her when they return to their watery abode. Not only is this fractured fairy tale a delight to read, there is also an adorable side story skillfully told in the border art as only Brett can. Set in the waters off of the coast of Okinawa, this colorful picture book is exquisite. The full-page illustrations are gorgeous in shades of turquoise, pink, green, and blue. The border art is detailed, and readers could spend hours diving into all there is to explore. VERDICT A one-on-one treat for folktale aficionados and, of course, for Brett's many fans.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE
★ "In this dazzling remix, Brett sets "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" under the sea. The bears turn into octopuses, dressed in the straw hats and indigo-dyed coats of rural Japan, and Goldilocks becomes Kiniro, a mermaid with black hair and golden scales (“kin-iro” is Japanese for gold). . . Brett’s brightly colored, highly detailed art shines in this aquatic setting as she embellishes the octopuses’ dwelling with shells, coral, and tropical fish that swim in and out of the windows. . . Brett’s fans will rejoice, and she’ll make new ones, too."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"In an aquatic version of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," Kiniro, the beautiful mermaid, is intrigued by the mystique and beauty of [a] little seashell house. [. . . .] Not only is this fractured fairy tale a delight to read, there is also an adorable side story skillfully told in the border art as only Brett can. Set in the waters off of the coast of Okinawa, this colorful picture book is exquisite."—School Library Journal
"[S]ure to please Brett's fans."—Kirkus
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Several reviewers thought pages must be missing, and at first reading I was startled at the jump from "peril" to conclusion. But the story is clearly told through illustration. Reading aloud to a child, ask them -- what happened? The adult octopuses are not angry anymore, the ray is plainly happy, and hmm, isn't the mermaid missing something? I think it would also be fun to play seek & identify with the wealth of Pacific sea life beautifully illustrated on all the pages here, making this a book to explore over and over again.