for Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
This spoof brings Goldilocks (who looks suspiciously like Trixie of Knuffle Bunny fame) into the home of three dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur, and “some other Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway.” One day they made their beds, set up their chairs, and “cooked three bowls of delicious chocolate pudding at varying temperatures.” Then they left, “and were definitely not hiding in the woods waiting for an unsuspecting kid to come by.” When a “poorly supervised little girl named Goldilocks came traipsing along,” she smelled the pudding and promptly ate all three bowls, ending up “stuffed like one of those delicious chocolate-filled-little-girl-bonbons.” The humor in Mo Willems’s hilarious fractured fairy tale is all in the execution—the silly asides, the funny details in art and narrative, and the obvious machinations of the dinosaurs in their unsuccessful attempt to get an easy, little-girl-shaped meal. (Ages 6–10)
CCBC Choices 2013. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2013. Used with permission.
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, purely on a whim, they decided to tidy up their house nice and neat, make their beds up all cosy and comfortable, prepare delicious hot chocolate pudding of varying temperatures, place their chairs just so, and go someplace else. Let's be clear, they were definitely not setting up a trap for some succulent, poorly supervised little girl called Goldilocks who may wander by - ahem.
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