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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  5,154 ratings  ·  727 reviews
Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur . . . and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway.

One day--for no particular reason--they decided to tidy up their house, make the beds, and prepare pudding of varying temperatures. And then--for no particular reason--they decided to go...someplace else. They were definitely NOT se
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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Lisa Vegan
Nov 24, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who know the story of Goldilocks & The Three Bears (and/or other fairy tales)
Oh, this was a hoot. Delightful and so entertaining, and I was a bit deliciously scared, or would have been when younger. The reader/listener is in on all the jokes, more so than anyone else. The front and back inside covers are full of wonderfully amusing alternate titles. My very favorite page was the second to last page, and I might just add it to my quotes: (view spoiler) 4 stars ...more
Oct 22, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2012, childrens
We love Mo Willems. His books are so humorous, and the illustrations are so clever and fun. We love this snarky version of the classic Goldilocks And The Three Bears story. The narrative is silly, but entertaining and the illustrations are colorful and cartoonish.

We enjoyed reading this book together, and our girls loved the endpages with the listing of different titles, like "Goldilocks and the Three Squirrels," "Goldilocks and the Three Clams," "Goldilocks and the Three Red Herring," "Goldilo
Hilarious! Loved it, loved it, loved it! So witty, so charming. I'm not sure if kids will appreciate all the humor the way adults will (pay careful attention to all the details, especially in the illustrations) but they will still probably get a hoot out of this refreshing take on the traditional Goldilocks tale. I really don't want to say too much about it because the fun is all in the discovery of how the story plays out (you think you know where it's going, but...!) So, I will simply recommen ...more
Oh for god's sake. YET ANOTHER funny and fantastic and understated and overstated book from Mo Willems. I am beginning to think that if he did an illustrated retelling of, I don't know, The Giving Tree or Twilight or 50 Shades of Gray I would like even THAT.

With this book, he had me even before the story began, at endpapers decorated with a hundred scratched-out titles: Goldilocks and the Three Dentists; Goldilocks and the Three Goats.

Yup. When you find yourself laughing out loud at the endpaper
Once again Mo Willems has a winner in this one! A story both my 5-yr-old and twin 2-yr-olds could get into, the fun pictures and unusual twist to Goldilocks had us all laughing. A solid level 2 reading book, if you're looking for one, or just a great story to read out loud to your children, to ensure early reader enjoyment. I highly recommend this author if you're looking for new books to read to your kids!
Amanda Harris
Before you actually read this book, open the front and back cover and indulge yourself in the rejected names of this book...I certainly laughed out loud when I read that "Goldilocks and the three foot-long hoagies" could have been the title of this book, but was X'd out. Read them all because they are hilarious! (Great read aloud for kids (and reptilian creatures) of all ages, they might even start to think of their own funny names for this classic story)

Now the story:

The story starts out with a
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These are the books that I had read from the creative mind of Mo Willems and I will admit that I had enjoyed almost everything that Mo Willems has written over the years! Well, I just read Mo Willems’ most recent children’s book and that is called “Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs” and it is definitely one story that every children and adult will enjoy for many years!

Once upon
Mo Willems' new spin on the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears does not disappoint! I was so excited to receive my copy in the mail I read it right away, laughing all the way through it! When my 3rd & 4th Grader saw it they begged to have it added to our bedtime reading along with the chapter books in which we are currently engrossed.

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs has the wonderful tongue-in-cheek humor of the Elephant & Piggie books (my favorite of all Willems' work!): when Gold
The Library Lady
Okay, okay, here I go again proving that I just can't fit in with the rest of the children's librarians because I didn't like this one any more than I liked Knuffle Bunny Free

I reverence Mo Willems, but even a great writer sometimes lays an egg and this to me is his. It tries too hard. It's sort of like something a parent might tell a child if they wanted to retell a classic known story and have the child going "No, Daddy, THAT'S not how it goes".

Only it's just not that funny. And I suspect tha
Sharon Tyler
Have I said lately how much I love Mo Willems? If not, or even if I had, let me offer up my love to him here and now. I think Mo is awesome, and from the interviews and readings I have seen with him, he seems to be as awesome of a person as he is a writer.

Now on to the picturebook, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems. Mo takes the classic Goldilocks story and throws it off center. Goldilocks is still a ditzy and self absorbed little girl, but instead of wondering into the home of be
Amy Musser
Most people know the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, but did you know that Goldilocks made a slight detour before finding the bears’ house? That adventure took her to the enormous house of three dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur, and some other Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway. Before Goldilocks arrived the dinosaurs made three bowls of chocolate pudding at varying temperatures, for no reason at all, and certainly not because they were imagining the delicious tast ...more
Chris Bertenshaw
I’m having trouble thinking of how to start off this review. Perhaps the easiest way is to say I can’t imagine how anything will top this in 2014. It’s my favourite book that Mo Willems has ever written, and that’s saying something. I always laugh during his works, but this tops all of them. The randomness of half the text, the absurdity of it all, and taking a well known tale like Goldilocks and turning it on its head in such a funny way is fantastic.

‘Once upon a time, there were three Dinosau
I'm so glad I live in a world where Mo Willems books exist.
"Har! Har! Horjfsk! Huugrk!"
I love the sly, subversive humor in children's books. Willems' books are checked out a lot in the library I volunteer in. Now I know why. Before you even get to the title page, you see the end papers...many offbeat combinations have been written and 'x-ed' out...G and the three Cyclops, the 3 Penguins...the get the idea.

So here are the three dinosaurs...Papa and Mama, and 'some other dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway." What? His suitcase, and his bet have a Norwegian f
Loved, loved, loved this rendition of the popular fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I thought Mo Willems did an excellent job with his hysterical retelling and definitely made it his own. I liked the nuances of humor throughout the house, particularly the posters and pictures hanging on the walls - great fun for older readers to catch. I also loved the "tone" of the story and the comical antics that readers were obviously in on and could eagerly follows. Things would be said or illustra ...more
Crystal Bandel
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems, published 2012.

Fantasy, folktale.

Picture book.

Pre-K to grade 4.

Found via Horn Book Magazine, reviewed by Elissa Gershowitz.

Dinosaurs collide with the story of Goldilocks and the three bears in this book, where three dinosaurs scheme to lure in a young girl, feed her full of chocolate pudding, and then eat her. Goldilocks, meanwhile, is a savvy girl who knows what her story will be like, and that combined with the dinosaurs' hints allows her to es
For readers a little bit older than the usual audience for books created by Mo Willems, this hilarious title is one that adults won't mind reading over and over with their youngsters. In a take-off on the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears, three dinosaurs prepare three different bowls of chocolate pudding, arrange three different chairs just so, make up their three beds in an inviting way, and leave the house. Readers who are familiar with the original story will know what's going to happen ...more
Why is Goldilocks and the Three Bears so popular a story to retell? Because it is a ridiculous story. Some girl barges into a stranger’s home while they are out for a walk, eats their food, breaks their stuff, and invades the most intimate recesses of their home and doesn’t show the least bit of qualms. Colonialist literature at its best. She could have been eaten. More often than not, however, the Bears would forgive her and they all become friends, because they aren’t the uncivilized creatures ...more
Angela Bailey
Title / Author / Publication Date:
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs. / Mo Willems. / 2012.

Genre: Fiction.

Format: Picturebook - print.

Plot summary:
"When three hungry dinosaurs lay a trap hoping to catch something to eat, Goldilocks who never listens to warnings, walks into their house and springs the trap" (NoveList).

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:
dinosaurs, adventurous girls, traps, escapes

Review citation:
"This is pure Mo Willems, from the many visual gags in the cleanly
Ha ha! Brilliant as only Mo Willems can do. Love the pictures, humor, and sarcasm. I think my favorite part--both pictures and story--would be the chocolate pudding. (And I agree!)

10/24/12: Tried this on the Wed. preschool group for BIG things theme. Completely over their heads. (Such a bomb on Wed. that I didn't bother with it on Thu.) I think they laughed that there were dinosaurs. But even though I love me the snark and sarcasm, that's all this book was and the kids didn't understand any of i
When it comes to fracturing a fairy tale, Mo Willems is a pro! He does with out losing the integrity of the original and yet puts a delightful spin on this classic in such a way that children will delight in the seemingly fresh retell of the classic and adults will roar with laughter at the humor that entertains and amuses grown up sensibilities. This is not your grandmother's fairy tale it is her younger saucier sister's and we are all better for the retell. The illustrations are clear two dime ...more
What if the house Goldilocks barged into hadn't belonged to the Three Bears? What if it had been the Three Anteaters? The Three Moose? What if it had belonged to three dinosaurs? If you've never wondered about that, no problem--Mo has done it for you.

This is funny and sarcastic. What a great way to teach tone. Our narrator reveals what's happening when he's telling us what is definitely not happening. It's all told with a wink and a smile, and--let's be honest--not every kid is going to get the
This book is told through satire, or a positive version of sarcasm. The dinosaurs (rather than bears) set a trap- they leave their house full of things little gold-haired girls might like, then leave and hide outside, hoping to catch and eat her. She should not enter the homes of strangers, or not eat random soup she finds laying around, but does she listen? No! So in a way, is it really the dinosaurs' fault? This is the question Willems seems to be posing.

What a clever fractured fairy tale, to
Tricia Douglas
Mo Willems has done it again and invented a story that both adults and children will laugh and have fun with. It's about Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur, and "some other dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway." Goldilocks does invade their house and discovers the freshly-made chocolate pudding and chairs and beds. Willems concludes with Goldilock not being a fool and getting out of there as fast as she can. This simple summary doesn't do justice to the cute story. The moral of the story t ...more
Hilarious! We even read the insides of the front and back covers. My teen and I enjoyed it more than my grade school kids.
Mo Willems has done it again, everything he writes is gold...that might be another fractured tale :).

Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur, and a visiting dinosaur from Norway set a trap for Goldilocks. Being the careless, poorly supervised curious girl that she is, she falls for it and finds herself swimming in bowls of chocolate pudding (much better than porridge). Willems has made quite a few other changes to the classic tale and ends with two different morals.

The illustrations support the story and e
Mo Willems is one of the best and most brilliant children's authors of today and it really shows in this newest picture book. Goldilocks, a poorly supervised little girl who never listened to warnings about barging into strange, enormous houses, finds herself in a house that definitely isn't a trap laid by hungry dinosaurs who love chocolate pudding filled little girls to eat. There are two morals to the story, depending on if you are a storybook girl or a dinosaur. Full of hilarious details in ...more
All I can say is that Mo Willems is the greatest and that this book is hilarious and very clever.
Jessica LeBaron

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
Mo Willems

This book is a retelling of the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In the story, three dinosaurs set a trap for Goldilocks, and wait for her to come along so that they can eat her. Goldilocks eats all of the giant bowls of pudding the dinosaurs left out, and skips the chairs because they are all too tall, and then headed over to the beds, where she overheard one of the dinosaurs calling her a chocolate filled girl bonbon. She looked around, reali
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#1 New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems is best known for his Caldecott Honor winning picture books Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale.

In addition to such picture books as Leonardo the Terrible Monster, Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct, and Time to Pee, Mo has created the Elephant and Piggie books, a series of early r
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“If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.” 184 likes
“The first bowl of chocolate pudding was too hot, but Goldilocks ate it all anyway because, hey, it's chocolate pudding, right?” 9 likes
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