Classic fairy tales meet tongue-in-cheek humor in this hilarious read-aloud--illustrated by a #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator--about a goblin and a troll as they set out to find the rudest child of all and teach her some manners!
Goblin and Troll are headed to town for tea, hoping they don't run into any wretched children. Children are smelly and rude! Goblin has an idea: they'll find the rudest child of all and have it for dinner! Filled with a cast of familiar storytime characters like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, here's a fresh read-aloud with the feel of a classic fairy tale. Chock-full of rude characters and sly humor, and with a twist ending, this surprising story is sure to leave kids roaring with laughter.
Montanari and Parker reprise the characters from Who's the Grossest of Them All? and wrap up with another twist ending. Commiserating over the "wretched" young human generation's lack of manners, Goblin suggests to Troll that they "find the rudest child of all and have it for dinner!" Concealing their plan, they engage fairy tale favorites in conversation and coax a snotty Goldilocks to Goblin's cottage, where it's revealed too late for Goldilocks, who flees when she thinks she hears that she's on the menu that the intention of having her dine with them was to teach her table manners. They're "the key to proper behavior," Goblin says as Troll removes one of the fancy place settings. The lighthearted premise is somewhat undone by the friends' intent to lure unsuspecting children home, but Parker's cartoons have a genial oversize feel, with flat colors and halftone textures that feel like vintage Sunday comics. Ages 4 8.