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Goldilocks and Just One Bear

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  618 ratings  ·  152 reviews
In this award-winning author/illustrator’s witty sequel to the traditional Goldilocks story, Little Bear is all grown up and Goldilocks is a distant memory. One day, Little Bear wanders out of the woods and finds himself lost in the Big City. Will he find the city too noisy? Too quiet? Or just right? And what are the chances of him bumping in to someone who remembers exact ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Nosy Crow (first published March 1st 2012)
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Grades K-3

The familiar tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears is turned on its ear when a bear, lost in the city, stumbles into an apartment. Hungry, he looks for a bowl of porridge. The first dish (a fishbowl with some goldfish swimming around) is too soggy; the second (goldfish crackers for cats) is too crunchy; the third (buttered toast) is "a bit on the dry side, but it is better than nothing." He is similarly flummoxed when he looks for a comfortable chair-- the first (a cactus) is too pri
Poor Baby Bear gets lost in New York City and ends up in Snooty Towers where he needs immediate rest and refreshment. What’s a bear to do? If only he had paid attention to the maps featured on the end papers! With a contemporary twist, this fractured fairy tale reunites him with an old friend he never thought to see again. This well-developed plot and energetic, creative storytelling rhythm with clever rhythms, sounds (“wobbly,” “whooshy,”“soggy,” “frothy”, “ouchy,” “puttering”) [unpaged], and d ...more
I love this twist. The pictures and text seemed a bit busy. That would be fine for a school-age storytime; perhaps to busy for preschool. School-age should get the humor; it would depend on the preschooler. A lap-read would work for the preschool age. And a read-alone would be enjoyable for the school-age as well. I like it a lot, I may still consider putting it in a preschool storytime somewhere.

10/25/12 Replaced Mo Willems' goldilocks with this one in my Thu. BIG things preschool theme. This w
A bear who was from the woods went for a walk. Unfortunately for the bear he got a little lost–in fact he ended up wandering all the way into the big city next to his forest home. The city was bright, noisy, and just too busy for the bear to handle. In order to get away from the hustle and bustle he went into a building and ended up going up an elevator and into a fancy apartment. The bear wanted to take a little break from the city, so he stayed in the apartment. First he tried to eat some porr ...more
Crystal Sleeman

Opening: We've been talking about twisted fairy tales. Can someone remind me what makes a fairy tale "twisted"? (Pause for student response) The book we are going to read today is Goldilocks and Just One Bear. Can anyone remind me of the original tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears that you may have heard in your childhood? (Pause for student response) This tale is called Goldilocks and Just One Bear. Based on the title and the cover picture plus knowing we've been talking about twisted fairy
Jun 22, 2014 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: pgce
This story is a clever twist on the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears story.

The story starts with a bear that decides to go for a walk but ends up lost in the big city. In need of some peace and quiet and somewhere for a little sit down he ends up in ‘Snooty towers’ where he tries to make himself as comfortable as a bear can in an apartment! This has some disastrous consequences and at the end of the story the bear is reunited with his old friend - Goldilocks.

I think this book would be pa
Mrs. Crosland
I am going to categorize this book under folk tales, as it is a spin on, or really extension of, the traditional Goldilocks and the Three Bears folk tale. This book begins with "Once upon a time..." and concludes with, "and they all lived happily ever after."
It is a jolly read, lovely for kids familiar with Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It would be a nice read aloud in a unit discussing folk tales. It would even be a good book to introduce a writing prompt relating to folklore.
I would use thi
This is a FUN, clever, read. I definitely enjoyed it, though I wondered how the familiar yet different spin was going to end. When I got to the ending, it was VERY satisfying. Great job, Leigh Hodgkinson!
Scottsdale Public Library
Taking two bears from the original story and making it metro with fantastic word graphics, Hodgkin's futuristic tale is ToTaLLy TeRRiFic!!!

-Monty K.-
This book was very good because it was so well created. The pictures look as though they are drawn with pencil and the detail drawn is amazing. The author and illustrator were so creative when they wrote some of the words, underlined some words, or put stars around some to emphasize that word. This book was funny, fun, artistic, creative, and showed a modern day version with a twist of the story, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I recommend this book to any child. It really was a good time readin ...more
Cute idea, kind of boring execution.
Miss Pippi the Librarian
A "grown-up" story of Goldilocks and the three bears. A bear gets lost in the city and finds a home to get away from the noise and city nonsense. He wakes up from a nap to find ... Goldilocks!

The illustrations were created with mixed media. Not my favorite style of illustration, but very creative and colorful. The text offers some play with different fonts.

Readers should be familiar with the traditional story of Goldilocks to better understand this new sequel by Hodgkinson.

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Luanne Hatcher
While strolling in the woods, bear got lost. He wandered out of the quiet woods into the noisy city. He decided to go into the Snooty Towers to get out of the noise. The revolving door made him dizzy and he decided he needed a rest. He entered an apartment and realized he was hungry and tired. When the family returned and discovered that somebody had been eating, squished, upset, and popped stuff, and slept, they saw the bear. The events were all too familiar to the mommy named Goldilocks. Cute ...more
Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson is a sequel to Goldilocks and the Three Bears, focusing on a bear who gets lost in the big city.

Hodgkinson's very detailed illustrations were done in mixed media, using panels, one page, and two page spreads. Many signs in the city feature fairy-tale related names. My favorite images are 30th floor, eating, chairs, beds, broken chairs, sleeping bear, mommy-person, and last two illustrations.

The font is large, with key words in varied sizes and sty
There is a Charlie & Lola*-esque quality to Goldilocks and Just One Bear: the easy way the message comes across as the aside it sort of is; the vibrant combination of colors; mixed-media; and the charming and clever British way of phrasing things is about where the similarities go. Leigh Hodgkinson’s creativity will not fail to charm its audience. It is fun to read the signage in the cityscape upon which Bear encounters on his evening walk and note those kinds of details, but the way she gui ...more
Jennifer Peterson
I absolutely LOVED this book. It's a take-off of the original story, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The big change up? This time it's the bear who is inquisitively searching through someone else's apartment in Snooty Towers to be exact. This story was absolutely hilarious. Readers have an idea from the title that there is a connection to the original tale, and the story itself has striking similarities of course, but there is still a level of surprise at the end as we find out this is ...more
This book is an entertaining and subversive take on the well-known fairy tale. A bear gets lost whilst roaming the woods and ends up in the loud and scary city. The unnerved and timid bear makes his way into ‘Snooty Towers’ where he encounters his first experience of a lift and arrives very shaken outside an apartment. He ventures inside away from the hustle and bustle of the city in urgent need of a rest. Like in the fairy tale, the bear tries out three types of ‘porridge’ he finds, however the ...more
Bear finds himself in a noisy city and doesn't like it at all. He wanders into an apartment and all the way to the top floor. He manages to wander into an apartment where he drinks from the fishbowl, eats the cat food, ruins a cactus, disturbs the cat and dirties up a bathtub.

Eventually the family comes home and has quite a shock. All's well, that ends well when it is realized that the mommy person and the bear know each other.

A great 3 Bears retelling.
I really loved the rendering treatment with these illos, especially on the bear. Scratchy, painty deliciousness. I was purring with delight. The distressed treatment is wonderfully counterbalanced by the cleanness of the outlines and shapes. They have a designed look about them. Very lovely. The story is also really clever and fun, especially with the twist at the end and the lack of self awareness of the main character. Fabbo.
Bambini Travel
In the midst of a story study, one of the best parts is finding the alternative takes on a familiar tale. Right now our home is filled with copies of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story. We have read at least six different versions of the original tale, each too many times to count. We have also enjoyed a few humorous accounts of this tale and GOLDILOCKS AND JUST ONE BEAR is one of our favorites. Hodgkinson mirrors the tale of Goldilocks with an adult bear who visits the home of a family. T ...more
This book was nothing like I expected. It was very charming and fun. Wjen the book first started, the bear is just wandering around the city and decides to go into a random apartment. I assumed it would be the exact opposite of Goldilocks and the three bears. Which it was. Except the end was a cute twist that referenced the original story. I loved that the bear ended up in Goldilocks home! On top of the total cuteness factor the story already had, the illustrations were awesome, and I loved that ...more
Finally, after years of wondering what became of Goldilocks and the little bear, I have received an answer! You always make up your own follow-up stories or endings to those books or novels that don't end with "and they lived happily every after." Now, with this one, I have a source to back it up. I really enjoyed reading this little book. It's illustrations were fun for kids and the story line is just really cute.
This was SUCH A CUTE BOOK!! I loved the twist on the story, and how the one bear is lost in the city. I loved the story line. It was very well thought out and told. The illustrations were wonderful accompaniment to the story. I loved how the bear eventually found his way to Goldilocks apartment ( who had a family) and was sleeping in one of their beds.
The author must have had fun writing this book.
Susan Tuttle
I loved this picture book. The pictures themselves were so fun that I found myself wanting to look longer. The story was a very creative version of the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears story in that the bear is the one that is breaking into someone's house. There is also a fun twist at the end that ties the characters in nicely to the original story.
This is a delightful role reversal for Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The Bear visits the city, ends up in an apartment, and does all the things that Goldilocks did in the forest. He even gets found in the little person's bed by the whole family. You may be surprised to find out who the mommy person is.

Good for preschool storytimes.
Mrs. Bell
If you are looking for variations of fairy tales, this can be a resource for you. This book will provide an example of text that allows for text to text connections and comparing/contrasting stories. The presentation of the some of the words in the text could inspire students to incorporate this eye-catching style into their own writing.
I picked this one up because the description sounded interesting. I loved the brightly colored buildings of the city and the way it all looked as if a child could've drawn them. A variation of the Goldilocks story, in this version a bear gets lost in the woods and ends up in a big city. To get out of all the noise of traffic, he goes into an apartment building and finds a very upscale place where he can eat, sit down, and have a nap. He dreams he is back home until he realizes there are people i ...more
Lauren Suchomski
One of my favorite fractured tales I have happened upon. In this version, a bear gets lost in the big city and finds a nice quiet place to eat some porridge, take a rest, and take a nap. The illustrations are adorable and what the bear chooses to eat and where he chooses to sleep will have kids laughing! A great read aloud for K-3.
Finally got to this one in the pile, and what a good surprise! This cute bear ends up slipping into the city, lost and confused, and finds a place to rest, in a high-rise! Well, the author cleverly takes us through the familiar tale, but this is the city, remember? And there are city things involved too, and a sweet surprise at the end. Hodgkinson’s illustrations are full of details-setting related-and they are wonderful. It seems that they are drawings, and then parts are cut out for collage. ...more
Ashlynn Johnson
My favorite part about this book was the design. It was very unique! I loved the pictures, the way the words were written. To me it screamed KID FRIENDLY. Not to mention the story line was awesome! It made me laugh so hard! Definitely a must read. I LOVE this book.
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Leigh is the author and illustrator of Goldilocks and Just the One Bear and illustrator of the Magical Mix-Ups series.

Leigh is an award-winning animator and worked as art director on the BAFTA-award winning animated series, Charlie and Lola.

She is also an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, who is absolutely passionate about writing, making things up and daydreaming. Among her ma
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