GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE DINOSAURS – View on Amazon
by Mo Willems; published (2012) by Balzer + Bray (Harper Collins)
I don’t usually see the point in retelling old favourites, but in this case, what a treat! GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE DINOSAURS is chock-full of tongue-in-cheek humour.
We follow little Goldilocks, a poorly supervised little girl, traipsing along through the woods where Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur, and some other Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway are NOT waiting for some tasty morsel of a kid to come by. Bouncing happily with her golden locks, Goldie’s a dead ringer for – and this is my only complaint – Trixie from Knuffle Bunny. (Have you noticed how illustrators so often draw the same faced characters?). Anyway..
…Goldilocks never listened to warnings about the dangers of barging into strange, enormous houses. So as soon as Goldilocks came across a strange enormous house, she barged right in.
Mo’s great with facial expressions. And body language. We see a scoffing Goldilocks dipping into big bowls of chocolate pudding, and it is an absolute hoot. True to the original tale, she sees the three enormous chairs and the three enormous beds and…
Goldilocks took a minute to stop and think, which was longer than she was used to stopping and thinking.
“Hey…” she told herself. “This isn’t some bear’s house. This is some DINOSAUR’S house!”
Say what you like about Goldilocks, but she was no fool.
Well Goldie, you’d better hightail it, because …
Just then a loud plane flew by, which sounded pretty much like a trio of Dinosaurs yelling “NOW!” or “CHARGE!” or the Norwegian expression for “CHEWY-BONBON-TIME!”
Yuck! Nobody likes to think of Goldie as a tasty chewy bonbon! Fortunately, there is a moral to the story. Two morals. Two morals crazy Willems style. You’ll have to read the book to find out what those two crazy morals are and what happens to pudding-stuffed Goldie. But here’s a list of the yuk-yuk tidbits you’ll find in MO’s illustrations:
– In Dinosaur’s kitchen, a calendar with the line: NORWAY – Gateway to Sweden
– In the woods, an arrow pointing Goldilocks to the house : .2 miles to a
trap very nice house.
– In the bedroom, a basketball poster : Go Asteroids. Feel the BOOM!
– An oversized doormat saying: WIPE YOUR TALONS.
And the best, a dinosaur poster in the hallway, saying: We Are Natural Gas.
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