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Goldilocks and Just One Bear

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,329 ratings  ·  258 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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Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
When a bear drifts from the quiet darkness of the forest and into the Big City, he is shocked to see how awful things can turn out to be. However, he soon discovers an apartment where he locates a few places to sit and things to eat, until he falls fast asleep in a bed of his choosing. The family returns, which leads to much shock and recognition by the 'mommy character'. What follows is a humerous flashback to when bear and 'mommy' were younger. Neo liked this alternate telling of the Goldilock ...more
Great fun! A contemporary, urban twist on a classic fairytale.

Baby bear is all grown up. He ventures out of the woods into the big city where Goldilocks happens to live. And the tables are now turned. Some things are too this for Bear, others are too that. And some things are just right. Until Goldilocks comes home . . .

Either a happy, welcome reunion or an angry farewell it will be.

Sure to delight young (and not so young) fans of the original classic. Hodgkinsons' bold, colorful artwork adds
Hadas Tsury
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cute book, very funny.
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!
Bethy Clarke
This book is hilarious!
Taught a lesson to Y1 today on twisted fairytales using Bethan Woollvin's 'Hansel and Gretel' and one child said it reminded them of this book as it's a twisted version! Luckily, he had it in his book bag so I had a quick read and it just made me laugh out loud! Very unpredictable ending and the children love it!
Chloe Baker
This story is an interesting sequel to Goldilocks and the three bears. There is lots of interesting vocabulary and is written in a funny way. It would link well to literacy work on twists on traditional tales.
I loved the city setting, the fun illustrations and the twist in this Goldilocks variation.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A modern and exciting twist of such a famous narrative!
Zoe's Human
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lt
Fun retelling of Goldilocks that has the bear lost in the city with a delightful surprise ending. Great font that lends itself to cueing vocal drama for storytelling.
Nicole Gray
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
Fun, silly and cute twist to Goldilocks and the three bears. Little bear is all grown up and gets lost in the city. The further into the city he gets the more he doesn't like. He makes his way into a house and gets a big surprise at the end. Story line and illustrations are great!
Gemma Ford
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent modern twist on the tradition tale of Goldilocks and the three bears!
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
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
Oct 05, 2012 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
Meg McGregor
Jun 19, 2014 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.
Dec 30, 2016 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.
Wonderful role-reversal of the original story - great voice, and I love the puns in the art.
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 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books, kids
Cute idea, kind of boring execution.
Jeanie {}
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a little girl, one of my favorite stories was Goldilocks and The Three Bears. The character Goldilocks always made me giggle and then later in life I began to wonder, what on earth was she thinking? So today's #BookaDay picture book, Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson was an absolute delight. I selected the book based on Ramona Recommends: Picture Book List for Upper Grade, a free resource on Teachers Pay Teachers. This selection is under the Writing & Reading Section for mentor ...more
Children's Literature Centre at FSU
I really enjoyed this variation of Goldilocks and the three bears; this particular story is called Goldilocks and Only One Bear. In this version, the cub is all grown up and ventures into the city. Instead of following Goldilock’s journey of unknown, we are following the bears adventure in an unfamiliar location. The readers are already engaged because the book already correlates to a previous known fairytale, yet this story shares a twist. The author’s witty phrases and visualizations help make ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 5-6 year olds
Shelves: lilmonsters
A fun, modern twist on the classic we grew up with. The graphics are rich with details. They're whimsical and colourful for young ones to drink in. The children loved the funny, silly things the Bear did, such as sitting on a cactus. Some got who the owner of the apartment was, some did not. The overall response was that it was sweet that G wasn't angry with B but rather, she showed him warm hospitality. That was a great teachable moment about seeking forgiveness and being forgiven. As an adult, ...more
A Allen
Feb 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
In this twist on the Goldilocks classic, Bear is hoping to escape the busy city he has wandered into by relaxing in a high-rise apartment. Bear tries to eat from a fishbowl, sit on a cactus, and sleep in a bathtub. Then, when the family returns to their apartment, the mommy person turns out to be Goldilocks and the two are reunited. It bothered me that the book repeatedly said "the little person" when referring to the spawn of the mommy person and the daddy person; I wish Hodgkinson had said "th ...more
Karli Mittel
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A cute way of telling the future of Goldilocks. The bear is lost in a big city and happens upon an apartment building, little does he know this is the building of his old friend Goldilocks. Tables have turned and the bear eats, sits, and sleeps in Goldilocks' apartment. She comes home with her family to find things are not as they left them. She sees her old friend and they hang out and eat with her family. Until he realizes it is his time to find his way back to the woods. The illustrations in ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
A nice twist on the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story. Bear wanders away from home and finds himself in the city. Everything is TOO loud and TOO busy. He encounters a revolving door and it dumps him inside the building very dizzy. He takes the elevator all the way to the top floor to avoid the noise of the city and lets himself into a very beautiful apartment, but finds the porridge, the chairs and the beds not to his liking. A loud noise awakens him and he finds himself surrounded by 3 human ...more
This fantastic sequel to Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a lot of fun, and is great for provoking discussion about growing up, the right way to behave, and for exploring the city and its structures. Some lovely vocabulary use too. Baby Bear gets lost in the city, and finds his way into an apartment in Snooty Towers. He easts some porridge, breaks furniture, and then falls asleep. Can you guess who the apartment belongs to? A lovely twist in the tale makes this a really satisfying read.
Hannah Higson
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a really good twist on the traditional tale. It is about baby bear who gets lost in NYC. The bear tries the porridge, a chair to sit on and a bed to sleep in. Goldilocks and her family come home and find the bear. Goldilocks is not annoyed as the bear is her friend.
This book is a great way to show children that just because people do bad things it does not mean that they are always bad people.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a twist on the traditional Goldilocks and the three bears. I read this book with a group of seven year olds. They were able to identify that this book mirrored the traditional tale, instead the bear was the lost, fussy character! The children enjoyed the colourful pictures and the use of humour. The use of differing fonts within the book allowed pupils to alternate their tones of voice, aiding in bringing the book alive.
Ashley Salisbury
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would have given this book five stars, but I didn't enjoy the ending very much. The rest of the story was fun and entertaining, I especially loved the twist being told from the bear's perspective in Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It was very creative but lacking a creative ending. It just kind of stopped with just an OK ending. I think it could've been ended better.
Emma Hamilton
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ks1
A twist on the traditional tale! This book would engage children as they would love to listen to the alternative version which shows the bear in its wrong habitat where it finds Goldilocks.

Could be loosely used to talk about habitats but primarily a book for enjoyment. Interesting illustrations and different fonts which feature children's handwriting for certain words to add emphasis.
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