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The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Folk Tale Classics Series)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  11,346 ratings  ·  368 reviews
No one draws trolls better than the Caldecott Honor artist Paul Galdone, and this beloved read-aloud classic about the three brother billy goats who dare to cross the hideous troll’s bridge to get to the sweet grass on the other side has never been more dramatic. Galdone’s full-color, pen and ink wash illustrations are wild and woolly. The artist uses thin, multicolored li ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 15th 1981 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1841)
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Kim
Apr 21, 2012 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Have read this book to preschoolers. I have mixed feelings about this classic. I understand it's a classic. But I don't like some of the messages that it sends. I get that it's a kid's book. But it promotes violence in response to problems. Younger kids outwit bully by using their wits - I like that. But then the biggest brother responds with violence - I don't like that. If you live or work in a tough neighborhood (as I do) - that sends the wrong message to kids. It says that it's okay to beat ...more
Kirran
This book is about 3 billy goats called Gruff,Gruff,Gruff who want to cross the bridge and get to the meadow on the other side in order to get some delicious grass. However a wicked old troll lives under the bridge and he gobbles up anyone who tries to cross the bridge. The littlest billy goat is the first to cross the bridge,when the troll tries to eat him the goat tells him that the second billy goat is much much bigger and fatter. The troll decides to eat the middle sized billy goat instead.W ...more
The Library Lady
Every child should be exposed to the work of Paul Galdone. He took classic fairy tales and told them in language that keeps the cadence and style of the originals, yet is accessible to a preschooler. His illustrations were strong and bright-- no cluttered margins as in Jan Brett, no Janet Stevens dressed up animals--just clean, clear pictures that are extremely visually pleasing.

This title is one of the best examples of that work--complete with the "Snip, Snap Snout, this tale is out" ending st
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John Yelverton
What an absolutely fun and adorable book for young children.
Kate Hamblett
Three Billy goats cunningly fool the troll under the bridge into not eating them, and manage to get over the bridge to the sweet green grass on the other side. The troll get's greedy and waits for the big billy goat, which promptly kicks him into the water. As the cliche goes: they all lived happily ever after.

This story shows how being greedy doesn't pay off and that that you can get out of situations if you are crafty, although I'm not sure you'd want children using the latter when they haven'
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Katie
'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' want to go the meadow to eat the green grass but to get there they must first cross the bridge which a mean and ugly troll lives under. The smallest goat crosses first and persuades the troll not to eat him and to wait for the middle sized goat, the middle sized goat then persuades the troll to wait for the largest goat. When the largest goat crosses the bridge he butts the troll so that he falls off the bridge into the river and then joins the other two goats where ...more
Steph Lomas
The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a classic tale that I vividly remember my teacher reading to my class at school. The story starts with three hungry billy goats all called Gruff searching for grass to eat. All the grass on their side of the steep hill has been eaten and they soon realise that the grass on the other side of the valley is greener. The only way to get to the other side is by crossing the bridge which connects the two fields. Although this seems like a simple task, the billy goats hav ...more
Shawn Thrasher
A stock re-telling of the well-known Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe tale, with Galdone's large bright, storytime friendly illustrations and easy to read (aloud) text. Two-year olds will get wide-eyed when you roar in a big badass troll voice "Whose that tripping over my bridge" - but they will also be relieved when the biggest billy goat Gruff butts his butt right off the bridge.
Maria
There were always plenty of goat books around growing up. Something about having goats seems to capture people's imagination and encourage them into giving goat gifts. Anyway, this was one of the better ones. It was pre-owned by Dianne S., judging by the indelible marker on the cover. It's funny the things that I have forgotten as an adult. I would have thought I could always tell this story but I found that I had forgotten it, well not the bit about the troll under the bridge, but how the whole ...more
Tasha
USED THIS BOOK IN RECEPTION YEAR, IT IS A TRADITIONAL TALE. THE CHILDREN REALLY ENJOYED THE THEME IT HAS THREE DIFFERENT SIZED BILLY GOATS AND NEED TO CROSS THE BRIDGE TO GET TO THE GREEN GRASS ACROSS OTHER THE SIDE AS THEY ARE HUNGRY AND THE SIDE THEY LIVE ON HAS NO GRASS LEFT. AS THE SMALLEST GOAT CROSSED THE TROL JUMPS OUT AND WANTS TO EAT THE GOAT BUT DECIDES TO WAIT AS THE GOAT TELLS HIM BY BROTHER IS COMING AND IS BIGGER. THE SECOND GOAT COMES ALONG AND SAYES THE SAME THING HIS BROTHER IS ...more
Fiona Kerr
This is a tale of three Billy Goats Gruff who want to cross a bridge, but are threatened by a horrible and scary troll who lives beneath it. In the end they out smart the troll and get rid of him for good, which enables them to cross the bridge freely without fear of bumping into the nasty troll. This book is suitable for The Early Years setting and offers many cross-curricular opportunities for learning such as art and drama. It also has a mathematical theme for children who are begging to reco ...more
Valerie
My mother used to read this story to us when we were kids, and do all the voices. It terrified me when I was very young, but later it occurred to me that the story probably originated when somebody noticed the similarity between the words 'troll' and 'toll'. An obvious association.

I always wondered what happened to the troll, though.
Paul Kirby
This picture book of the widely known norwiegan twist of the three little pigs was amazing. The illustrations were vivid and pleasant to the eye. The text followed along with each illustration making it clear and understandable for even the youngest reader. Overall I give it a perfect five stars and salute Paul Galdone for another masterpiece.
Lauren
This book is very special to me because it's one of my first memories at pre-school. This book was read to me once before I actually read it physically because we did a "play" on this for the parents and the teachers would read this to us several times a day as well as during the play. I actually got to read it to pre-school kids when I was volunteering at the very same pre-school I went to. Needless to say it's one of my favorite children books because of how easy it is. It's also cute, but "sc ...more
Ashlyn Barker
I think students would enjoy this book because they will get a kick out of the goats out-smarting the troll.
Tanya Bornstein
This book has always been one of my favorites. I remember when I would read it as a child. This book is silly and cute. The children will love the image of the ugly mean troll and they can guess which Billy goats get to pass through the bridge.


L.E: After reading this book with the children play the game "London bridge is falling down". However instead of the London bridge call it the trolls bridge. The new words in the song can be: The Troll's bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down;
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Danny
I read this book to my mom. It was good. The troll is mean
Toni
but the older edition with Paul Galdone illustrations
Alicia Franklin
I ADORE this book! Paul Galdone is perhaps the greatest illustrator for children's books. (I apologize for showing my bias!) This book was such a visual experience for me, and, as an adult, I found myself mesmerized by the details in the troll and the fierceness in the goats' eyes. I found this book when I had to do a read aloud for a college course and it became an instant favorite for me. I am considered to be very petite and quiet, but when I stood in front of the class and BOOMED out a loud, ...more
Linda Musiba
The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a classic tale about three hungry billy goats all called Gruff searching for grass to eat. All the grass on their side of the steep hill has been eaten and they soon realise that the grass on the other side of the valley is greener. The only way to get to the other side is by crossing the bridge which connects the two fields. Although this seems like a simple task, the billy goats have never crossed the bridge before because a very mean and hungry troll lives under ...more
Geneva Roberts
I thought this book's illustrations were great and followed the text accordingly.The Three billy goats are trying to get from one side of the river to the other to eat some delicious-looking grass. Under the bridge is a troll. The baby billy goat crosses the bridge first and the troll asks him who he is and says he would like to eat him, but the baby says he is too small to eat and the troll lets him go. The same thing happens to the next billy goat who says he is too thin,and the troll lets him ...more
Annalisa
Big, fun illustrations. The goats are different sizes/colors. The troll is green, knobby, and hairy. A troll who is just scary enough for a little menace (the littlest goat gruff appears once in his shadow) but is still kind of cute, and very comical when he takes that famous drink. The style of the writing is just perfect for doing different voices for the troll and three goats. The encounter between the biggest billy goat and the troll is simply thrilling--this is one tough, intimidated billy ...more
Casey Brock
Reading level: K-1
Although the "good reads" only finds the author of this book to be "Peter Christen Asbjornsen", the version that I have looks like the same cover, but it is written and illustrated by Glen Rounds. Rounds both rewrote and illustrated the book. According to the inside cover, this version of The Three Billy Goats Gruff was adapted from a Norway folklore. The illustrations in the story appear to be done in crayon. The black lines on the outside are dark, but some of the insides ar
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Kathleen
"Who's that tripping over my bridge?" All three billy goats in this folk tale encounter the same question as they attempt to cross the bridge to get to the pasture (typical goats - motivated by food). A mean and ugly troll stops each goat and threatens to "gobble them up." The depiction of the troll in this rendition of he Norwegian reminds me more of a friendly character than a ferocious, threatening antagonist. Do you think the goats all made it safely across? You'll have to read to find out!

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Laura Mincey
This version of The Three Billy Goats Gruff wasn't my all time favorite, but it still was received well by my first grade class. This fairy tail tells the story of the 3 Billy Goats Gruff who want to cross the bridge to get to a huge meadow with a lot of food because they're starved. However, a mean old nasty troll lives under the bridge and he sure does hate when animals make loud noise crossing over. Despite their fear, the gruff crosses the bridge one by one, in hopes of not getting eaten by ...more
Crystal Lough
The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a story of folklore. It is written towards children of primary age. It is a retold story of a billy goats family who were hungry and trying to make it to the other side of the bridge to eat the sweet grass that was there. The only problem was they had to cross a bridge where an ugly mean old troll lived underneath. The smallest goat and the middle goat went across and told the troll to wait for the biggest troll to eat. Once the biggest goat came across he told him ...more
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This version of the story is much shorter than the original and is more ideal for children. It is a classic fairytale from Norway and is many many years old.

I love the idea of the story about three Billy goats that long to get to the other side of a bridge to eat the green grass. The bridge is guarded by a troll who gets deceived by the goats in promise of eating the biggest of the three goats. However the biggest goat charges the tro
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Teacher.
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This book is a version of the popular folk tale The Three Billy Goats Gruff written by Stephen Carpenter. While new books are often given a lot of time on book blogs, I will admit: this is a book published ten years ago, although it is still in print today. The book is a simple 8 by 8; this means that it’s one of those small 8 inch paperbacks that are popular and cheap, albeit mass produced and sometimes …. not the best quality. This boo
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Gertrude
This story the Three Billy-Goats Gruff is a folk tale. This book can be read to toddles and even the first and second grade children will always enjoyut. In the story the Three Billy-Goats want to go up to the hillside to eat the green grass and diases. The only thing that is stopping them to cross the bridge is a very ugly old troll who lived uner the bridge. Despite their fears the Gruff crosses the bridge one by one, in hope of not getting eaten by the mean troll. One by one each goat disturb ...more
Karishma
One of my childhood favourites, ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ is retold by Mary Finch describing three billy goats desire to cross over the trolls bridge to the side where the grass is greener. The repetitive aspects of the storyline make it ideal for young children to follow and the plot can easily be embedded into their minds and the jaunty rhyme for when the troll appears is catchy. It vaguely touches on subjects such as intimidation and bullying but not in an obvious way. The illustrations b ...more
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Peter Christen Asbjørnsen was a Norwegian writer and scholar. He and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe were collectors of Norwegian folklore. They were so closely united in their lives' work that their folk tale collections are commonly mentioned only as "Asbjørnsen and Moe".
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