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Moldylocks and the Three Beards

(Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  899 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Noah Z. Jones turns well-known fairy tales upside-down in this humorous new series!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books he
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Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Scholastic Inc. (first published January 1st 2014)
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Tim The Enchanter
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sydney-s-reads
This is the review of my 7 year old daughter, Sydney.

Who is in it: The book is about Moldylocks, Princess Pink, a moose and the Three Beards.

Where does it take place: It takes place the Land of Fake-Believe and in the house of the Beards.

What is it about: One night Princess Pink goes to her fridge and heard a bird inside the fridge. She decided to walk through the fridge and she found the world of Fake Believe where she falls on a moose. She than meets Moldylocks and they sneak into the house of
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Holly Letson
It's kinda funny, but also kinda boring. ...more
Steph
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
I adore fractured fairy tales, I love books that make kids (and me!) laugh, and I am absolutely obsessed with books that feel like chapter books but are actually just like a picture book put into the chapter book format so my reluctant and struggling readers don't have to look like they are carrying around "baby books."

Essentially all of the things I like about this book are NOTHING to do with the ridiculous and (I really never call books this, but this one deserves it) stupid story. Fine, if k
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Erin
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Moldylocks and the Three Beards is a zany take on a classic fairytale, one that had my daughter, a 6 year old reluctant reader, and I laughing together as we shared it before bed. While I understand that most adults will be critical of this completely silly tale, I will forever remember that my daughter wanted to read all of Princess Pink's speech bubbles herself! That, to me, is priceless. And the colorful illustrations are fantastic in this transitional reader. ...more
Karrie Callahan
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion I think this book is amazing
Krista
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Me niece challenged me to read some of the books she’s into. While there are many in a series I’ll only post the first one.

These are great early readers. They are funny and the pictures are great. I get why Haddi is interested.
Charles  van Buren
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The wacky land of Fake Believe, August 12, 2017

This review is from: Moldylocks and the Three Beards: A Branches Book (Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe #1) (Kindle Edition)

Reviews should be read carefully before deciding on a purchase. One review for this book speaks of it confusing a six year old. Another review states that an entire class found the book to be too ridiculous and that it was "like a story from a 2nd grader who really has nothing to write about so they just keep writing
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Amy Sudol
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
What do you do when you’re hungry late at night? You go to the fridge, of course! What do you do when your fridge has been turned into a portal to The Land of Fake-Believe? You lean in to look and fall in, of course! Princess Pink just wanted a snack when she lands in The Land of Fake-Believe. Luckily, Moldylocks sees her fall from the sky and knows where they can grab a bite to eat. Off they go to the three beards house where they find chili that is too cold, too hot, and just right...but conta ...more
Annissa
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Copyright: 2014 by Noah Z. Jones
Number of Pages: 72
Book Format: Hardcover
Reading level: K-2, GR level O
Genre: Fairytale
Lit Requirement: Monarch Award Nominee 2018

Summary:
Noah Z. Jones' book, Moldylocks and the Three Beards begins with an introduction of the main character, Princess Pink. Princess Pink hates the color pink or anything girly. We find out that Princess pink only has brothers, and that she loves making beards and other boy-like things out of girly things. One night Her mother tucks
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Kimberly
My daughter and I spotted this at the library and instantly added it to our book stack. We are huge fans of all of the early chapter books in the Scholastic branches line. This fairytale retelling is incredibly imaginative and was a quick, fun read aloud.

Young readers will definitely laugh out loud as they discover the play on words from the original tale that they are familiar with. These slight changes make for a really silly story. My daughter loved the tunacorn as well and still brings that
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Stephanie P (Because My Mother Read)
My rating for this one would be 3 stars, but my kids loved it and would probably give it 5 stars so I'm averaging it out. I love fairy tale retellings, but this one didn't seem to bring anything too special to the table and I found the plot kind of random and odd.

I was reading it aloud to my 4 year old and my 2 year old sat down to read along with us as well. We read the entire thing in one sitting and then they wanted to read it over again right away. And my daughter carried the book around wi
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Jessica
If you enjoy fractured fairy-tales or exaggerated elements, you will love Moldylocks and the Three Beards, the first installment in Princess Pink and the Land of Fake Beleive. Princess Pink (who hates PINK and acts nothing at all like a princess) wakes for a mid-night snack and falls into a fantasy world where things are very different from what you might imagine in a fairytale. Princess Pink befriends Moldylocks, a girl who looks like lives in a swamp, and they go on an adventure. But can Princ ...more
Brittany
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Moldylocks and the Three Beards is a 2018 Monarch Award Nominee. This hybrid, graphic novel is a spin-off of the traditional fairy tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. This story follows a similar story line with a modern flair. It's a great story for readers who want to venture into the world of chapter books. The illustrations hold the readers attention. The text on each page usually includes a small paragraph and speech bubbles. The format and story-line make this a great book for 1st and ...more
Debra
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, fantasy, juvenile
A fractured fairy tale that is presented in a colorful, graphic novel(?) format. Who knew that a craving for a midnight snack could drop you in the Land of Fake-Believe. (Thank goodness for the moose!) Princess Pink is adventurous, friendly and very resourceful. I hope that these type of adventures revive an interest in fairy tales in the way Rick Riordan stories sparked interest in Greek mythology.
Crystal
My 5 and 7 year old loves this series. I'm just happy to find something to get the 7 year old to read! Fractured fairy tale about a girl named princess pink who hates anything "girly". I don't think we need to indoctrinate girls against girly stuff, but instead give them a huge variety of good female role-models to help them find their way. But this was light-hearted so I'm not too worried about it. Overall, a cute story. ...more
Rummanah (Books in the Spotlight)
A quirky, fractured fairy tale chapter book that combines traits of Alice in Wonderland and Goldilocks and the Three Bears stories. The text is a mix of dialogue bubbles and sentences. The illustrations are colorful and bright though they take up most of the page. This would work for students who are looking for humorous stories and may still be intimidated by the page count.
Joyce
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: juv-fiction, series, funny
This was recommended to me by a first grade patron who regularly visits my library and loves to read. I was impressed by his recommendation. Moldylocks and the Three Beards is a funny fractured fairy tale that is great for transitional readers and reluctant readers. The writing is simple and the illustrations are fun and colorful.
Tegan
Fun start to a story! This is great for younger kids that are maybe interested in Sarah Mlynowski's retelling series. It is also great for those looking to get into graphic novels, as it is a hybrid. I enjoyed the illustrations and colors. Monarch 2018 Nominee. Also read for grad school class Comics: Advising Readers. ...more
Shyla Colt
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
The perfect tale for tomboys everywhere. Princess pink isn't the type for dresses and dolls. She likes to wear pants, get dirty, and be one of the boys. When. She goes looking for a late night snack in the fridge she discovers a universe where everything is turned upside down. Welcome to Fake believe. ...more
Veronica
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
While I didn’t like this adaptation of Goldilocks and the Three Bears (I’m all about fairytale retelling a usually) my 6 year old did and since he is the target audience I guess that’s a good thing.

The reading level is a little harder than the other Branches books of the same reading Level but he was able to get by just fine with a little help here and there.
Chelsea
Partner read with my 7 year old. My son turned his nose up at this book at first quick glance. “But Moooooommmmm, I don’t wanna read a book about a princess!!!” He quickly changed his tune after reading the subtitle: “Moldylocks and the Three Beards.” It was all giggles from that moment on and he is excited to read the rest of the series on his own.
Jess
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute for the princess who didn't quite fit the mold

This was a fun read with cute and colorful pictures and the silly world of Fake Believe. Everything is just a little off, my favorite being the tunacorn :)
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Nicola
Cool things:

Women of Colour
Female Characters
Intro to graphic novels
Girls can like being active and outdoors and bugs and not be into princesses or the colour pink

Negatives: For all of the intended the zany fun, I wasn't a big fan of the story itself.
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Anna
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Entertaining early reader that uses children’s background knowledge of Goldilocks and the three bears to tell a story subverting gender norms and about female friendship. Kids also love the illustrations and graphic novel format.
Shannon P
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a cute take on the original Goldilocks fairytale with an added character and her own story. I'm not really sure about Princess Pink's backstory and how I feel about it. I do like how silly things become when she passes into her refrigerator and the mixed up fairytale world. ...more
Aletha
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
My students LOVED this book. It took us two 15 minute read aloud sessions to finish. It is a quick read and my students finished it asking “can we get more of these?”

I wasn’t as sold on the story line and readability for a read aloud, but I did live the ridiculousness!
Melki
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty cute parody of a favorite old tale, with beards instead of bears, chili instead of porridge, and a girl with moldy green locks instead of gold. I even liked the talking spiders. It looks to be a promising series, and I'm looking forward to the next wacky adventure.
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Britt
Fun concept and illustratiosn, but some plot holes kept me from really like this one.
Tiffany
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Silly type humor and accessible for many elementary kids. I read it to a boy that was reluctant because of the Princess Pink but he liked it too.
Vj
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: monarch-2018
Clever modern (updated) fairy tale.
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Noah Z. Jones is an author/illustrator/animator who draws all sort of wacky oddities out of his home in Camden, Maine. After taking part in a monster-drawing contest in the fifth-grade (placing fourth out of five) he realized that he wanted to create art for a living.

As a kid, Noah Z. Jones' love for drawing was fueled by dinosaurs, monster movies, and the WACKY PACKAGES line of trading cards. He
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