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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

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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
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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Matt
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this retelling, the three dinosaurs have heard all about the antics of Goldilocks and how she enjoys traipsing into random homes. They set a trap, complete with massive bowls of chocolate pudding, in hopes of luring this little treat into their abode. Exaggerating their departure, the dinosaurs hide in the forest and hope for the best. Lo and behold, Goldilocks emerges and devours all the chocolate pudding she can find. However, with massive chairs and beds, Goldilocks decides that this is no ...more
Lisa Vegan
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sophia Triad
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
My children love the books about grumpy Pigeon (e.g. Don't let the Pigeon drive the bus), but also the books about the two best friends Elephant and Piggy by Mo Willems. Naturally, we have sought more books by the same author.
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs is a funny (mostly sarcastic really) version of the classical tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. This time Goldilocks has made a mistake and she doesn't visit/trespass the house of the cute bear family, but the house or three hungry d
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Dolly
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2012, childrens, humor
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
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Kathryn
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
paula
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
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Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
Mo Willems’ once again writes a delightful children’s book infused with.... attempted murder, dark humor and subverted expectations??

(Small-fry giggles the whole time, especially when I read the “TIME FOR BON BONS” line like the muppet’s Swedish Chef)
The Library Lady
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
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
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midnightfaerie
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
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!
Ronyell
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mo Willems fans!!!
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale

Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

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
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Amanda Harris
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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Tami
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
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Kaethe Douglas
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If I ever win the lottery, you can bet that my home library will be stocked with every single Willems book. Another amusing retelling with a twist. I'm amused that Golilocks resembles Trixie from Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion. Remember: don't skip the endpapers of a Willems book, there's always at least one reward there, and this time there are many.

Library copy.
Angela Ball
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidlit-ed204
(KidLit ED204 category: fairy tale)
"Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs" is a version of Goldilocks, retold by Mo Willems. That is almost a guarantee that the book will be humorous and delight children, young and old!
Instead of the familiar Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear, the reader is introduced to Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur and "some other Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway." The dinosaurs appear to be just a touch on the evil side, and Goldilocks is a bit naughty too. The i
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Jesse
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five stars mostly for the quality of the audience. But it actually was a pretty funny take on the three bears and it had dinosaurs.
Maxwell Rae
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A humorous reimagining of a classic. Throughout the reading I just kept shaking my head from side to side. Could be a coincidence seeing as I learned how to shake it yesterday, but most likely was me expressing my disapproval at the hacking of classic literature.
Amy Forrester
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sharon Tyler
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Zaz
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I laughed for 1/2 to 2/3 of the book (I'm crying right now, the look of the dinosaurs...). You definitely need to know about the classic story before reading this one and, then, it's candy. I knew only the title when I started it so the story was full of surprises and, after the learning curve, of expectations regarding the narrator. He was really funny, making good comments (not sure kids will pick everything, but it was perfect for me). The art was a little more detailed than in the Pigeon's b ...more
Edward Creter
Goldilocks and the three bears is a tale as old as, well, the dinosaurs, so why not have three dinos take the place of them bahrs? This tribute/parody of the well-loved fairy tale is fun and funny, and is perfect for kids who have loved Hoodwinked, Ever After and other fairy tale mockeries. Have a gay old time! (to quote Fred Flintstone!)
Elizabeth
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Har! Har! Horjfsk! Huugrk!"
Elisabeth
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I live in a world where Mo Willems books exist.
Madison Skiles
This is a hilarious parody of the original "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." I remember growing up and hearing my classmates and teachers always talking about all the unrealistic things about Goldilocks. Like why she wasn't being supervised, how did she not know what was going on, who taught her she could just walk into a strangers house, etc.
This story keeps the bones of the classic folk tale and adds a funny, more joking twist to it.
I think the exaggeration in this book is a good way to revam
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Samantha Martinez
Traditional Literature is the oral tradition of telling a story. In the modern world, books are more easily available so we have traditional literature in books. One subgenre of traditional literature is folktales. Folktales are stories of the people. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems is a folktale. More specifically, this book is a cumulative folktale because whenever a new part of the story is added, it is added to the previous parts of the story. I enjoyed this story because it ...more
Vivian
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This little gem was SO MUCH FUN to share in story time. No surprise, seeing that Mo Willems created it.

Okay, first off instead of the usual Papa, Mama, and Baby, there's Papa, Mama, and some other Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway. I love that Papa sports heavy eyebrows and a mustache (can you say Groucho Marx?). I love that Mama has PINK toenails.

Secondly, there is NO PORRIDGE! Instead there is CHOCOLATE PUDDING! And the pudding is a TRAP! The fun just goes on and on.

Here is Gol
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Margaret
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A clever, funny book that's sure to be a hit with preschoolers and early elementary school kids. It uses sarcasm as its humorous device, which I don't see much in funny kid's books. Kids will have fun picking up on the changes between this and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. And there's a bonus if they've already read Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!.
Louis
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Chocolate pudding!!!!
Megan Lewis
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the sarcasm. So much. This book gets me laughing every time. Thank you Mo Willems for children’s books that appeal to adults.
Kris Dersch
Love him, but this one isn't my favorite. It's adorable and the moral is the best part, and by anyone else this would be a great book but for Mo Willems..meh.
Cliff
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, childrens
Hilarious!
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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.” 3611 likes
“The first bowl of chocolate pudding was too hot, but Goldilocks ate it all anyway because, hey, it's chocolate pudding, right?” 25 likes
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