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GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE DINOSAURS (as retold by Mo Willems)

Author: Mo Willems

Illustrator: Mo Willems

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Publisher: Balzer + Bray, 2012

Material: hard cover

Summary: Imagine if the three bears were replaced by hungry dinosaurs! That is how Mo Willems retells the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. This fractured fairy tale takes reading fun to a new level.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 9 and Up

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 4.2

Age of Child: Read with a 3-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: My son (6) enjoyed the humor and sarcasm of the story. My daughter (3) loved the dinosaurs in the book ... especially the pudding they left out for Goldilocks! I was not surprised by their reactions; I knew they would love it.

Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs. The humor was spot on for adults while not patronizing my children or going over their head. I liked that it highlighted how irresponsible it is for Goldilocks to be out wandering around by herself. Take time to read the hilarious titles listed inside the front and back covers!

Pros: Mo Willems' storytelling and humor shine through in this fun, fractured fairy tale.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. The book seemed to get funnier for my kids each time we read it. I think we will give it to friends as gifts in the future.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE THREE BILLY GOATS FLUFF   RED RIDING HOOD AND THE SWEET LITTLE WOLF   URGENCY EMERGENCY! BIG BAD WOLF

Educational Themes: Explore some of the titles of 'other' books that are on the book's end papers. Although the story is a fairy tale, it does create an opportunity to talk about safety: do not wander around by yourself, and definitely do not enter homes of folks whom you don't know.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, poetry, nature, animal stories

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2015

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