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The Goldilocks Variations, or Who's Been Snopperink in My Woodootog?

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  30 reviews
A classic fairy tale is wittily retold by the celebrated Allan Ahlberg, with charming illustrations by his daughter, Jessica Ahlberg.

Everyone knows what happened when Goldilocks met the three bears. But when she encounters a whopping thirty-three bears, the strange-talking Bliim, or even three little pigs, the stories end a bit differently. Lift the flaps and pull the tabs
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Candlewick Press (first published October 1st 2012)
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Colleen Ryan
This is such a fun book! It is interactive and has pop-ups and tabs you can pull, would be great to use in the classroom.
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is adorable. It's above my 2 1/2 year old's ability to sit still through when reading the whole thing, but she loves the clever moving parts and pop-up, and I know she'll love the stories once she's 5 or 6 and can understand everything. I appreciate the dry British humor and British-isms (cheeky, buns, etc.). Thanks, Frances!! ...more
Erin Powers
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 327-book-log, classic
This book presents different variations of the Goldilocks story, which I think could be interesting for children who enjoy the original story. The book is interactive and has pop-ups and tabs you can pull, which I think would be fun to use in a one-on-one reading session.
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wildly imaginative, prettily illustrated, with nice effects, some very unexpected.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Interactive pop ups are really fun and I think that the lowers year groups would really enjoy these.
Really good twist and alteration of a traditional tale that children would be intrigued by. I would use this with lower key stage two.

find that it is very 'wordy' and wouldn't want that to distract the children or take away understanding or enjoyment.

follows the traditional themes of the original tale so the children would be familiar with the events that are happening.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ooo! A pop-up book! And pull-tabs/lift the flaps too!
Eleanor didn't really care for this... ...more
Wilde Sky
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
A number of variants of a classic fable.

I thought this book was quite clever.

Reading time around twenty minutes.
Robert Grayston
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book uses words, pictures and physical items like pull tabs, reveals and popups to tell the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, through seven different versions, including a play. Allan Ahlberg had many jobs before he became a writer, including grave digger and teacher. This variety may have influenced his style and helped his understanding of what children want to read. He has worked with both his wife Janet and daughter Jessica in the creation of books, and has won many accolades inc ...more
Jane Hassan
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! It's recommended for children over 5 ... I read it with my over 12, and almost 11-year-old and we all loved it! It even has a book within the book, which contains a play. We all took parts in the play and did fun voices for the different characters. This was a wonderful way to keep the story-reading alive for older ages, and show them that not all "children's books" are meant for pre-readers. This will grace my bookshelves for years to come, to be read to my grandchildren someday.

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Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an amazingly illustrated book! Each page has a pop-out or pull-tag or a mini book-play...the extras are fabulous. I have to say that the stories didn't quite live up to those in The Jolly Postman or The Jolly Christmas Postman, or even Each Peach, Pear, Plum...but the book is so rich in thoughtful illustrations, that it makes up for the stories being a bit longish. I did like the made up, yet still somehow very British, words in Goldilocks and the Bliim. Especially spootz, snopperink, woodo ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolute delight!
Love the pulls & play!
You can go as high as you like - you can write like Tom Waits sings, you can name-check a dirty old dive bar, you can draw a copy of Mothman Prophecies on a shelf in the background of a picture book- just as long as there's something at the lowest level too. A well-placed talking bowl of porridge buys you a lot of space to make puns on classical music.

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Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For anyone who enjoys The Three Little Bears will enjoy this oh-so-creative book of variations by Allan Ahlberg. (This may just be my favorite Ahlberg title!) Some of the offerings include: "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "Goldilocks and the 33 Bears," "Goldilocks and the Bliim," "Goldilocks and the Furniture," "Goldilocks The Play," "Goldilocks and...Everybody," and "Goldilocks...Alone?" The language is fun and playful and just right. ...more
Jeanne Williams
If you loved the Jolly Postman books, you will love this set of retellings of the Goldilocks story. "There was once a cheeky girl." So begins the first of seven versions of the familiar story. Each version has its own quirky twist--33 bears, some space creatures, and a play complete with audience responses. Interactive book parts are sprinkled throughout. The book builds to a whacky climax with all the characters gathered in one story, and then Goldilocks is alone. Great fun. RPL. ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Robin by: Mickie Stiers
Goldilocks and the 3 bears . . . and then 33 bears . . . and then a futuristic Goldilocks . . . and then a play and several more fractured variations where she is joined by other fairy tale characters.
Great fun for elementary age reader.
Flaps, tabs to pull, pages that pop up, a book within a book - fun.
Very thick, heavy paper.
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A wonderful, funny remake of Goldilocks and the wonders of folktales, with Ahlberg’s designer pocket pull outs and touch and do things in their books. Fantastic for children and parent/child reads, but probably not for toddlers alone due to the pull out pieces. Wonderful simple but elegant illustrations and language suitable for readers or parent and child.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Woodbury
I'm not sure what I think of this unusally formatted versions of goldilocks, but coming from the creators of The Jolly Postman, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps it is that the humor is so British and dry, but this "cheeky" Goldilocks will I'm sure bring delight to many and adult. ...more
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Again wishing for larger pictures, since there is so much to discover.
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rebecca by: Mickie
What a fun fractured fairytale pop-up! So much to enjoy.
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Ahlbergs have done it again. A fantastic, whimsical story paired with excellent watercolors AND clever pop-ups.
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fun read aloud with younger grades!
Michelle Gray
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I think my favorite part was the mini pop-up book in the middle of the story. Definitely worth a look!
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A lot of fun to read. Probably better one on one than trying to use with a group; too many tiny illustrations.
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like the different variations of this familiar story. The pop-ups and pull tabs will give kids lots to examine along with the illustrations.
Debby Baumgartner
A series of stories about Goldilocks.
Kerstin Macdonald
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ks2, ks1, allan-ahlberg
Clever twist to a traditional tale.
Stephanie Van Horn
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you love Goldilocks this book is for you! It has every version that you can imagine! Loved it.
Sam W
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Cute if a little too overly repetitive, with pop ups and pull tabs.
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Funny as all get out!!
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Allan Ahlberg is one of the UK's most acclaimed and successful authors of children's books - including the best-selling Jolly Postman series. Born in Croydon in 1938, he was educated at Sunderland Technical College. Although he dreamed of becoming a writer since the age of twelve, his route to that goal was somewhat circuitous. Other jobs along the way included postman (not an especially jolly one ...more

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