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Goldilocks and Just One Bear

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  879 Ratings  ·  175 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
Oct 15, 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
This was such a nice picture book, and I love that someone continued the story of Goldilocks like this. :D
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
Natalie J P
Jun 21, 2015 Natalie J P rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pgce
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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 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
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
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!
Alexandra Inmon
Apr 19, 2016 Alexandra Inmon rated it it was amazing
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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 06, 2016 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This book was a creative spin off of the original Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I enjoyed reading the book. It would be a nice tie in after the reading the first version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. My transaction was the most powerful in this book near the end of the story as I read it was baby bear in the present home of Goldilocks and her family! I would recommend this book to others as it is a fun read. I would use this book in my classroom on a more aesthetic approach as one could d ...more
Sep 23, 2014 Halli rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
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
Mar 28, 2013 Inge rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids, picture-books
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.

Reviewed from a librar
Luanne Hatcher
Aug 13, 2014 Luanne Hatcher rated it really liked it
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
Oct 22, 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
Sep 04, 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
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
Nov 26, 2013 Bambini Travel 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
Jan 28, 2015 Kate rated it liked it
Surprisingly, the group of mostly second-graders I read this to did not like it as much as the classic Goldilocks story (retold and illustrated by Jan Brett) that I read! Cute, but I don't think it's quite as clever as some other fractured fairy tale picture books out there. School-age kids reacted much better to Very Little Red Riding Hood by Teresa Heapy and The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz.
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
Jan 13, 2015 Madison rated it really liked it
Shelves: 04-retold-fairy
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.
Sep 23, 2014 Rebekah rated it it was amazing
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.
Very, very clever! Not just the story - which is funny and kitschy and amusingly told - but the illustrations have funny little visual jokes and nods to other fairy tales (not the little person's mittens). The language here is very decidedly British and that only adds to the fun. I'd have liked a teeeeeny bit more from the ending, but this was still a delightful read.
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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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