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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,299 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
The three goat brothers brave the terrible troll in a colorful version of the classic tale.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1841)
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Hell yeah! The nostalgia that bubbles through whilst bouncing around gr. Haven't seen/thought of this little nugget since I was young enough to be targeted!! Didn't even know it was Norwegian. Didn't know I was surrounded by Norwegian descendents at the time either. Here's to the Sons/Goats of Northern Darkness ::
Apr 21, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cda
Have read this book to preschoolers. I have mixed feelings about this classic. I understand it's a classic. But I don't like some of the messages that it sends. I get that it's a kid's book. But it promotes violence in response to problems. Younger kids outwit bully by using their wits - I like that. But then the biggest brother responds with violence - I don't like that. If you live or work in a tough neighborhood (as I do) - that sends the wrong message to kids. It says that it's okay to beat ...more
Nov 23, 2012 Kirran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about 3 billy goats called Gruff,Gruff,Gruff who want to cross the bridge and get to the meadow on the other side in order to get some delicious grass. However a wicked old troll lives under the bridge and he gobbles up anyone who tries to cross the bridge. The littlest billy goat is the first to cross the bridge,when the troll tries to eat him the goat tells him that the second billy goat is much much bigger and fatter. The troll decides to eat the middle sized billy goat instead.W ...more
The Library Lady
Every child should be exposed to the work of Paul Galdone. He took classic fairy tales and told them in language that keeps the cadence and style of the originals, yet is accessible to a preschooler. His illustrations were strong and bright-- no cluttered margins as in Jan Brett, no Janet Stevens dressed up animals--just clean, clear pictures that are extremely visually pleasing.

This title is one of the best examples of that work--complete with the "Snip, Snap Snout, this tale is out" ending st
John Yelverton
Mar 14, 2012 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an absolutely fun and adorable book for young children.
May 18, 2016 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shawn Thrasher
A stock re-telling of the well-known Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe tale, with Galdone's large bright, storytime friendly illustrations and easy to read (aloud) text. Two-year olds will get wide-eyed when you roar in a big badass troll voice "Whose that tripping over my bridge" - but they will also be relieved when the biggest billy goat Gruff butts his butt right off the bridge.
Sep 08, 2015 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful read from my childhood, one I’d certainly suggest for other youngsters. Whilst it is not my all-time favourite childhood read I can still recall all the details of this one meaning it certainly left a lasting impression upon my young mind.

And isn’t that what we want with children’s books, for them to leave a positive lasting impression?
Maribel Ruiz
Mar 31, 2016 Maribel Ruiz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Folktale: Galdone, Paul (2001). The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Motif: Three animals talking

Target Audience: K-3 years old

Setting: Takes place in the valley in the woods.

Characters/plot/summary: The characters in the story are the three goats and the troll. The three goats wanted to cross the bridge to get to the other side of the valley so they could eat the grass and daisies. However, there was an obstacle they encountered. Each goat had to overcome it in order to get to the other side of the meado
Sam Smerbeck
Feb 24, 2016 Sam Smerbeck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Author: Paul Galdone
Illustrator: Paul Galdone
Genre: European Folk Tale
Theme(s): Challenges and Overcoming adversity. Trickery
Opening Line/Sentence:
Once upon a time there were three Billy Goats. They lived in a valley and the name of all three Billy Goats was “Gruff”
Brief Book Summary:
Three Billy Goats named “Gruff” lived in a valley and wanted to go to a nearby meadow with flowers and grass and daisies, they only problem was there was a troll who watched over a
Nov 20, 2015 Annikka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: traditional
Summarize the book:

The book is about three billy goats who have eaten all of the grass on their side of the mountain. They want to go across to the other mountain where there is lushes green grass to eat, but in order to do that they have to cross a bridge. One by one they cross the bridge, and each one is stopped by the troll that lives underneath. The troll stops the first 2, who convince the troll no to eat them because their bigger brother is coming next. So, the troll waits and receives a b
Julia Richards

The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a classic example of a beast tale. The main characters are three brother goats Gruff and a mean troll who lives under the bridge. The goats are hungry and want to eat the fresh green grass across the bridge. But there is only one problem, a mean and ruthless troll lives under the bridge and he is hungry for some Billy goats Gruff! One thing that stood out to me in this book was the beautiful illustrations. The illustrator Richards Johnson uses a unique and colorful
My mother used to read this story to us when we were kids, and do all the voices. It terrified me when I was very young, but later it occurred to me that the story probably originated when somebody noticed the similarity between the words 'troll' and 'toll'. An obvious association.

I always wondered what happened to the troll, though.
Paul Kirby
Jul 08, 2012 Paul Kirby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This picture book of the widely known norwiegan twist of the three little pigs was amazing. The illustrations were vivid and pleasant to the eye. The text followed along with each illustration making it clear and understandable for even the youngest reader. Overall I give it a perfect five stars and salute Paul Galdone for another masterpiece.
Lisa Astudillo
Mar 29, 2016 Lisa Astudillo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: etec545-fables
The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone is a wonderfully written folktale. This folktale is about three billy goats who have eaten all of the grass on their side of the mountain. They want to go across to the other mountain where the grass is lush and green, but in order to do that they have to cross a bridge over water where a scary troll lives. One by one they cross the bridge, and each one is stopped by the troll that lives underneath. The troll stops the first two, who convinces the trol ...more
Hend Alalwani
Europe folktale
Personal reaction:

I like this book because it shows how those three goats are smart to deal with the problem they face and how they tracked the Troll.
Read aloud for children from K to three years old to learn about some animals like Goats and Troll.
Independent reading:

Children at first grade can read it by themselves. Children will be able to learn that working with others will make doing the job easily and share with others their thought. Also, they will learn that being mean t
Nicole Blanar
Sep 30, 2015 Nicole Blanar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The classic story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a cute tale that enforces to not always think the grass is greener on the other side and to be content with what you do have. The goats do all they can to travel to the other side of the fence and become greedy by thinking their side was not good enough. The vibrant colors in the book for example the difference in the grass show how the goats would think one would be superior. The illustrator uses the size of the characters to show the differen ...more
Nikole Rettman
This is a folklore. It won the world fantasy award. Nobody draws trolls better than the Caldecott Honor craftsman Paul Galdone, and this cherished read-resoundingly exemplary about the three sibling billy goats who set out to cross the ghastly troll's extension to get to the sweet grass on the other side has never been more emotional. Galdone's full-shading, pen and ink wash outlines are wild and wooly. The craftsman uses slender, kaleidoscopic lines to incredible impact, particularly with the t ...more
Jaimi Gomes
This book is a classic but I don’t like it as much as everyone else does. Three goats are crossing a bridge to eat the grass on the other side. The goats run into a troll who would eat anyone who crosses the bridge. But when a goat is being threatened to be eaten, he tells the troll to eat on of his friends to save his own life. I do not like that this book is promoting violence as a response to their problems. I understand this book is a classic but I don’t like that this is giving the students ...more
Ryan Vignetti
Nov 23, 2015 Ryan Vignetti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: folk
GPS: ELAGSE4RL2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text;
summarize the text.

This is a fun folk tale about 3 billy goats who want to cross a bridge to get to greener grass. In order to do so they have to outsmart a troll. It is a good book for introducing learning about the theme of the story.

Students will be read the book, and will then be asked to write about what they think the theme of the story is. They should realize that the story is about never biting off mor
Alicia Franklin
I ADORE this book! Paul Galdone is perhaps the greatest illustrator for children's books. (I apologize for showing my bias!) This book was such a visual experience for me, and, as an adult, I found myself mesmerized by the details in the troll and the fierceness in the goats' eyes. I found this book when I had to do a read aloud for a college course and it became an instant favorite for me. I am considered to be very petite and quiet, but when I stood in front of the class and BOOMED out a loud, ...more
Sep 04, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' want to go the meadow to eat the green grass but to get there they must first cross the bridge which a mean and ugly troll lives under. The smallest goat crosses first and persuades the troll not to eat him and to wait for the middle sized goat, the middle sized goat then persuades the troll to wait for the largest goat. When the largest goat crosses the bridge he butts the troll so that he falls off the bridge into the river and then joins the other two goats where ...more
Shanna Gonzalez
May 26, 2009 Shanna Gonzalez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-04-08
This is a charming rendition of the classic fairy tale, well told and illustrated pleasingly. The three billy goats Gruff wish to travel to a lush meadow, but it lies across a bridge under which a terrible goat-eating troll lives. The first two goats cross, persuading the troll to wait for their elder brother who would make a bigger meal. When the third brother comes, he butts the troll so that he falls off the bridge into the river, and then joins his brothers in the meadow.

The story is valuabl
I chose this book as one of my traditional tales but I see another student has so I can't create an original post. I liked the soft colors in it and the trolls reminded me of the not so scary monsters we discussed in class. (Where the Wild Things Are.) These types of illustrations invite children in rather then scare them off. Also, the traditional tale teaches a good lesson.
Kimberly Hansen
I liked this book but it felt kind of blah. The book told of three goats going to get fat but had to cross a bridge where a mean troll lived. The troll ended up not eating any of the goats. The story seemed to go by fast but read with the right voices would be a fun book for kids to hear and look at. Seems to be somewhat of a twist off of the three little pigs.
Taylor Munson
Sep 03, 2012 Taylor Munson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great read! Between the awesome illustrations and the funny word context this book is a perfect children's folktale. Throughout the book I was reminded of the other children's book, The Three Little Pigs. However in The Three Billy Goats Gruff the goats were trying to get over the bridge without being eaten by the troll. Each time they were stopped by the toll, they would bribe the troll with the next goat that was coming and tell the troll that goat was much better. I got a few ...more
Jon Van
This is an old favorite of mine. The story of the greedy troll wanting more and more and ending up with the horns of the oldest goat is a great message for students about being greedy and about sticking together.

This is a great mentor text for organization and idea.

Reading level:3.8
Oct 30, 2012 Gabrielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about three brother billy goats trying to cross the troll's bridge to eat grass on the other side of the pasture. I remember reading this folktale as a child and reading the story again brought back a lot of memories from kindergarten.

The reason my point of view is different now is the message it sends to children. I never noticed before but it has a selfish message. The first billy goat saves himself by saying, his brother is more suited for the troll to eat because he is bigger.
Lauren Sharp
TL 13
The tale follows three Billy Goats as they try to cross a bridge and are stopped by a troll. They just want to get to the other side of the bridge to eat the grass. When they try to race past the troll they are all but thrown into the river.
Mariamawit Habtamu
This book is just ok for me. I did not find it as interesting as other tales but it is great for dramatic use. It’s about three goats trying to cross the bridge, one was too small to be eaten by the troll, the other was too thin, but the daddy Billy goat pushes the troll into the river.

Learning Experience
After reading this book we will look at the sizes of the goats. We will look at other animal’s pictures and compare sizes. We will discuss the type of food goats eat. Some animals eat plants, o
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Paul Galdone (1907 - November 7, 1986) was a children's literature author and illustrator. He was born in Budapest and he emigrated to the United States in 1921. He studied art at the Art Student's League and New York School for Industrial Design. He served for the US Army during world War II.

He illustrated nearly all of Eve Titus' books including, Basil of Baker Street series which was translated
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