Goldilocks and Just One Bear
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Goldilocks and Just One Bear

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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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Kim
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...more
Nancy
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
Heidi
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...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...more
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...more
Mari
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!
Inge
Cute idea, kind of boring execution.
David
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...more
Leslie
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 home...an 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
Laura
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
Tam
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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
Erika
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
Rachel
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
Linda
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
Amy
A clever twist on the Goldilocks story. The bear gets lost in the city and ends up in a high rise. He tries to find some porridge because he's hungry (ends up trying the fishbowl [too soggy], the cat food [too crunch] and some toast [a little dry but better than nothing]. He tries to rest on a cactus [too ouchy], a cat [too noisy] and a bean bag [just right, but he breaks it]. Then he wants to go to sleep so he tries the bath [too frothy], a some other beds. Eventually the family comes home and...more
Barbara
A bear somehow gets lost while walking in the woods and ends up in a bustling city. To escape from the noise and congestion, he enters a highrise apartment complex where he tries to find something to eat, a place to sit, and somewhere to sleep. When the family that lives in the apartment arrives home, one of them turns out to be a long-lost friend. Young readers will find the bear's actions amusing and recognize the connection to Goldilocks and the Three Bears early on in its telling. The mixed...more
Alunafowler
"Goldilocks and Just One Bear" written Leigh Hodgkinson is a fiction picturebook full of art. The art alone will grasp any female or male child attention. The pictures are more of an outline style of art that is done beautifully. The 32 page book is wide and the text on each page is about five sentences long. The book was about a bear who was lost in the city and made his way to someone's condo which he destroyed. Come to find out it was his long ago friend Goldilocks.

This book is very good for...more
Barbara
Bear innocently stumbles into someone's apartment to get a little rest from all the hustle and bustle in the city. There he finds 3 kinds of porridge, and chairs and beds to sample. Children who are familiar with the original story will love this new take on the Goldilocks story. The surprise ending will have everyone discussing both stories until the cows come home.
Laura
Baby Bear is all grown up and wanders into the city. Lost and confused, he stumbles into Snooty Towers and lands in a posh hotel. He looks for a snack and place to take nap, eventually waking up to the family arriving home. A grown up Goldilocks and Baby Bear are charmingly reunited.

I love the illustrations and style in this book. A fun read aloud! I also think this particular book really highlights the differences between kindergarten and 1st grade -- my kindergarteners generally liked the boo...more
Kellylou
Bear gets lost in the city and wanders into someone's home to find a place to rest. When the family comes home, hilarity ensues! Read this to some of my young readers this week and they absolutely adored it. Fun swap on perspective and the illustrations are a blast.
Allison
I like everything about this book is funny and bears are one of my favorite animls
Danelle
In Leigh Hodgkinson's Goldilocks and Just One Bear, Bear gets lost in the city - where it's bright and noisy and overwhelming. The bear decides that he wants to take a nap and stumbles into a high rise apartment. While he's in the apartment, he partakes in those same activities a certain little girl partook in in another story, a very familiar little girl...

A fun picture book with a twist at the end. The illustrations in this book are wonderful. We enjoyed watching as bear tried to sit in differ...more
Mary Alice
Clever twist on an old tale. good for connections and lessons on inference.
Perry
An adorable twist to an old tale.
Karen Arendt
A twist on Goldilocks and the three bears. Years have passed, Goldilocks is grown up, and baby bear has, too. Baby bear walks in the woods and somehow ends up in the city. He wanders into a house, eats, sits, and sleeps. When he wakes up, he finds that he is in Goldilocks' house. They have a brief pleasant reunion before Bear returns to the woods. While Bear claims he would never behave badly like Goldilocks did so many years ago, clearly he behaved just the same. An interesting twist on a tradi...more
Kelsey
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Jennifer Kaap
This book had me laughing out loud in the library! Roles are reversed from the familiar Goldilocks and the Three Bears. This time it's BEAR looking for a place to crash... when he happens upon a comfy high-rise apartment. With a little trial and error, he is able to find a snack, a seat and a bed that are "just right". When the family comes home and wakes the bear up, it turns out a little reunion takes place... between Goldilocks and Baby Bear! Love it! Leigh Hodgkinson is becoming a favorite o...more
Roben
Oh dear – bear is lost. One minute he was wandering in the woods and now he is wandering in NYC! What to do? Sneak inside Snooty Towers and find a place to rest. A nice apartment with food and chairs and a bed where he falls asleep until a mommy person, a daddy person, and a little person come back home to discover a strange bear. But wait a minute – maybe this bear isn't so strange after all! Another twist on the traditional Goldilocks tale.
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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...more
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