Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
Genre: Children’s Fairy Tale – retelling
Pages: 40 Jacketed Hardcover
Date Published: September 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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.
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.
I liked it, but I didn’t like it. I’m not sure. Here we have the story of Goldilocks, but instead of visiting the home of the three bears, she stumbles into the home of dinosaurs. This is definitely funny and full of lessons to be learned. I’m not sure which story it more believable, be it the bears or dinosaurs… but perhaps I’d lean toward the plotting dinos. I don’t love this book, but I could still see it winning awards and I’m certain that children will be giggling in the floor over the silliness of this story.
When I was getting ready to put up my review I discovered that Mo Willems is the author/illustrator from the An Elephant and Piggie Books. I know these are super popular, but I haven’t read any of them yet. So maybe if I had come in loving those I would have felt more strongly for this one. We’ll see. I guess I’ll have to go back and give those a look-see.
*Thanks to HarperCollins for providing a copy for review.*
Mo Willems is a three-time Caldecott Honor winner (for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny, and Knuffle Bunny Too). He also won two Geisel Medals for There Is a Bird On Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?, and one Geisel Honor for We Are in a Book! His books are perennial New York Timesbestsellers, including Knuffle Bunny Free and Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! Before he turned to making picture books, Mo was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmys. Mo lives with his family in Massachusetts. You can visit him online at www.GoMo.net.