Friday, August 7, 2009

The True Story of Goldilocks

Baruzzi, Agnese. 2009. The True Story of Goldilocks. Illustrated by Sandro Natalini. Candlewick Press. (August 2009)

What I liked best about this one was the fact that it was a pop-up book. (Well, partly a pop-up book. It's definitely more in the interactive family of books than not. With flaps to open, wheels to turn, and a page or two that pops.) Are you curious about this so-called "true story?"

In this version, Goldilocks is beloved of Mama and Papa bear. Well, mostly. She's a good child, well-behaved. Baby Bear is a different story. He's a brat. End of story. Goldilocks to set out to reform him, to teach him some manners. But in the end, she learns something from Baby Bear as to be a brat.

While fractured fairy tales are nothing new, they can be great fun every now and then.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

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