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Goldilocks and Just One Bear

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  975 Ratings  ·  187 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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Dec 30, 2016 Zaz rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This reverse retelling of Goldilocks was a nice idea, even if I didn't really enjoy the story. I suppose kids will like the humor but it didn't work at all with me, the bear seemed stupid because of it. However, the ending was good and I also enjoyed the art.
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
Oct 05, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
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
Meg McGregor
Jun 19, 2014 Meg McGregor rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-lexi
I have never really enjoyed the story of Goldilocks as I consider her to be so NOT a role model for children.

But I did enjoy this story immensely. Wry and witty writing make this story a fun one to read.
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.-
Mar 28, 2013 Inge rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids, picture-books
Cute idea, kind of boring execution.
Dec 02, 2016 Kirst rated it really liked it
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This book was a very fun take on the traditional Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The pictures and text itself would be fun for young readers. It would be great to use to teach sequencing events, story adaptations, or using details in writing.
I read this for a doll and teddy bear storytime party (marketed towards all ages but had a large portion of kindergartners thru about 2nd grade?) and it went great! I heard some giggles when Bear tried to sit on the cactus and sleep in the bathtub and they loved calling my shenanigans when I argued that they were perfectly normal chairs and beds. Saving this one for future reference!
Maren Prestegaard
Feb 04, 2017 Maren Prestegaard rated it really liked it
A modern day Goldilocks. Did not see the twist coming. Nice.
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
Sep 03, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Natalie J P
Jun 21, 2015 Natalie J P rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pgce
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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
This book went right over L's head, obviously, as she is only a year old. Even the illustrations didn't grab her attention (not that I was even really trying to get her to engage with this one, to be honest, although sometimes even when I'm not trying she'll wander over and look for a bit if I am reading something that appeals to her; that didn't happen in this case). My three-year-old was the one who checked it out at the library, but after we read it the first time he never asked for it again. ...more
Jennifer Peterson
Sep 20, 2012 Jennifer Peterson rated it it was amazing
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
Erin Buhr
Nov 26, 2013 Erin Buhr rated it really liked it
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
Jun 22, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
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
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
Jun 07, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
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
Mrs. Crosland
Feb 28, 2014 Mrs. Crosland rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crosland-k-5
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
Feb 17, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
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
Sep 09, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
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
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
Alexandra Inmon
Apr 19, 2016 Alexandra Inmon rated it it was amazing
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Jan 17, 2014 Erika rated it it was amazing
Shelves: january
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
Sep 16, 2012 Alunafowler rated it really liked it
"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
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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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