Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Picture Books

USA Writer and Illustrator
Mo Willems
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
Walker Books 2013   (2012 USA)     $27.99hb 32pp
ISBN 978 1 4063 4729 6

Themes:   Classic fairy tales retold (totally)

Forget the three bears and their encounters with Goldilocks. The protagonists in this retold story are three dinosaurs and a visiting friend from Norway – and they are all hungry. One day for no particular reason they decide to make a set of three chocolate puddings, make their beds very carefully and then go out for a walk in the forest. They are not setting a trap for a succulent little girl who happen to be wandering around the area – unsupervised. No? This is a wonderfully funny story that will make small children, older children and adults all laugh for different reasons. Mo Willems knows exactly how far to go with stories like this and is the author and illustrator of one of my all time favourite children’s picture books – Knuffle Bunny (Walker Books 2005). Do check it out as well as this new title.

Year 1 up/ Age 5 up

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