Goatilocks gobbles more than porridge in this fractured fairy tale that puts a hilarious twist on a favorite story.
Once upon a time, there was a kid named Goatilocks.
She lived down the road from a family of bears...
Goatilocks can’t resist sampling first Papa Bear’s porridge, then Mama Bear’s porridge, then Baby Bear’s porridge—and his bowl and spoon, too. And it turns out Goatilocks has a taste for chairs and beds as well. Has Goatilocks devoured her way to disaster? What will happen when the Bear family returns home from their walk?
This playful adaptation of a favorite fairy tale is full of tummy-rumbling fun.
Goldilocks as a goat? It's unlikely casting, but Perl (Chicken Butt!) and Howard (Mr. Putter and Tabby) pull it off with abundant good humor. Perl's conversational prose acknowledges readers' familiarity with the storyline: "When the bears went out for a walk one morning... well, you can probably guess what Goldilocks did." It's not too outrageous that Goatilocks eats the spoon along with Baby Bear's porridge (the bowl soon disappears, as well), but what really brings the laughs is that Goatilocks also eats Baby Bear's chair and bed after finding them "just right." The story's colloquial tone ("Hey, where's my chair?" complains Baby Bear) and Howard's (Mr. Putter and Tabby) freewheeling watercolors create a rollicking atmosphere. Goatilocks has expressive googly eyes, pink ears, and a polka-dot bow around her neck, while the bears, with their broad, round features, could have stepped out of a recent Charmin ad. The ending plays on Goatilocks's indiscriminating appetite, and kids won't be surprised by what happens to the flowers she brings the bears in apology. Ages 4 8.