Book of the Week: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

Published: 2012 by Balzer + Bray

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

I love retellings of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Mo Willems is a genius.

I love the end papers: crossed out title possibilities. For example: Goldilocks and the Three Squirrels, Goldilocks and the

Three Accountants, Goldilocks and the Three Goats, Goldilocks and the Three Rocket Scientists. All one is funnier than the last.

I love that there’s a Papa Dinosaur, a Mama Dinosaur, and some random Dinosaur from Norway – who just happens to wear a hat on top of one of his pointy spikes.

The Dinosaur’s telephone is dino-sized. The receiver is like three times bigger than the rest of the phone.

All the furniture have claw feet.

Willems has an eye for detail, that’s apparent and appreciated.

Instead of porridge, the dinosaurs make chocolate pudding. Why? In order to make chocolate filled girl bonbons, of course!

I love how there’s a pigeon in the cookie jar! What you don’t see him? Look close.

I love how, unlike the three bears, the three dinosaurs are totally trying to trap an unsuspecting little girl.

Where are the dinosaurs going? To Someplace Else!

I love the evil looks and laughs of the Dinosaurs.

Goldilocks wasn’t really lost, just unsupervised.

Goldilocks, on the way to the dinosaurs house doesn’t even realize that there are three, scheming dinosaurs hanging out in the trees she passes.

Goldilocks has no problem barging into stranger’s houses.

Goldilocks has to climb a ladder to reach the chocolate pudding.

I love how, at one point, Goldilocks appears to be swimming – yes swimming – in one of the bowls.

The pigeon is still in the cookie jar! What? You don’t believe me, do you?!

Goldilocks isn’t like all the other Goldilocks’. She’s actually smarter than the rest of them.

She realizes, before it’s too late, that all the furniture is way too tall. Even for a bear.

Using her smarts, Goldilocks runs out the back door and to safety just as the dinosaurs are getting ready to burst in and EAT HER!

I love how the rug by the back door says “Wipe Your Talons” Cause you know, dinosaurs have them.

There are morals to this story. For Goldilocks: “If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.” For the Dinosaurs: “Lock the back door!”

Willems writing is strong, inviting, and whimsical.

I love the illustrations! They’re done in signature Willems style!

Kids and adults will love this book.

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