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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  14,516 ratings  ·  335 reviews
This classic story is a favorite with toddlers, who will cheer on the three clever billy goats who outsmart a mean troll. With plenty of repetition, this adventure is perfect for reading aloud and for joining in, and a satisfying ending provides a reassuring touch.
Paperback, Folk Tale Classics Series, 32 pages
Published September 15th 1981 by Clarion Books (first published 1841)
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Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Three Billy Goats have found that their current abode is devoid of much in the way of scrumptious grass and other grazing options. When they locate a field across the way, all they need do is cross a bridge to find fresh options. This bridge is guarded by a troll, whose main interest is to devour the goats. The smallest argues that he is too petite, the middle one speaks of his larger brother about to cross, and the largest... well he takes matters into his own hooves. Neo laughed, having ...more
Mariah Roze
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is such a cute, easy read.

Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Of all the versions of this classic, Paul Galdone's is my absolute favorite.
His illustrations are OVER the TOP! Can't think of a better Troll then Paul's.

You know the story, so I will leave this review with...….."So, snip, snap, snout. This tale's told out."
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I never realized until this reading just what a strange tale this one is. The moral seems to be that the way to deal with a bully is not through kindness, or cleverness, but with a bigger bully. Weird, huh?

But, I did like Galdone's artwork, so there's that . . .

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
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Hell yeah! The nostalgia that bubbles through whilst bouncing around gr. Haven't seen/thought of this little nugget since I was young enough to be targeted!! Didn't even know it was Norwegian. Didn't know I was surrounded by Norwegian descendents at the time either. Here's to the Sons/Goats of Northern Darkness ::
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What an absolutely fun and adorable book for young children.
Kelly Beigl
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone is the most straightforward folktale story you can find. For this story in particular it is very easy from the beginning to pinpoint the genre. This story starts with the ever so classic line of “Once upon a time”. It can be assumed that this story has been told orally for many years and was eventually turned into a children's story book, but the author of this book is most likely not the original author of this story.
Another element of this story
Taylor Hart
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ed-204-books
The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a time old fairy tale about three goat siblings that are very hungry. They've run out of good grass to graze on in their valley so they must travel up the meadow to where the greenery is plentiful. To do this, however, they must cross a bridge that a mean and ugly Troll lives under. The goats, being extremely hungry, decide to chance it. The littlest goat crosses first. When confronted by the Troll, who wants to eat the animal, the little goat holds him off by ...more
Kari Doering
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story of the three Billy Goats Gruff is a great story that has been around for along time. The story talks about the three Billy Goat all named Gruff. They lived in a valley that did not have much free grass for them to eat. So they decided to go up stream to find some. All of a sudden they came across a bride where a mean old troll liver.The youngest Billy goat decided to go over first and that is when the mean troll cave out and said "he was going to eat him up"the Billy goat replied with ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
the three billy goats are starving. they need to eat but the do not have any green grass left. so they try to get to the other side of the rushing river. But there was only one way. to cross the river on the bridge. But under the bridge lived a very mean troll. Read the book to find out more!

Neva Horning
Jonathan Ayres
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A classic goodies v baddie tale where the trickery of the goats is matched by the good faith or naivety of the troll. The high quality of the illustration really added a lot to the story. Could be enjoyed by early years and KS1 classes
My 3rd grade students really got a kick out of the illustrations of the troll.
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I’m adding a star with this re-read. I know this book was read to me as a child and it just holds up. The pictures are amazing. The goats so full of personality, the troll so wild. The dramatic tension palpable. The resolution a bit mean - respect for trolls is still lacking in our culture - and overly violent, which allows the opportunity to discuss whether the ends justify the means with your five-year old. A proper storybook. ...more
Paul Kirby
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Shawn Thrasher
Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
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.
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
A wonderful read from my childhood, one I’d certainly suggest for other youngsters. Whilst it is not my all-time favourite childhood read I can still recall all the details of this one meaning it certainly left a lasting impression upon my young mind.

And isn’t that what we want with children’s books, for them to leave a positive lasting impression?
Michael Hitchcock
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Lacie Ortiz
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals, trolls, karma
This book was one of my favorites when I was younger! Its about three billy goats who are brothers. There is a small one, a middle one, and the oldest/biggest one. They decide they want to go over across the bridge to the valley to eat lots of grass and get fat. But little do they know a mean troll lives under the bridge. Some the smallest goat crosses the bridge, and the troll tries to eat him, but he billy goat says that he should wait for the next billy goat cause that one is much bigger. So ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone, is a folklore about three hungry goats. A small one, a medium one and a large one. They need to cross the bridge with an ugly mean troll underneath of it to get to their food. I’ve rated this book at 4 stars because it’s a memorable classic. I enjoyed how the author used detail to explain a lot of things like the kind of food that was on the other side of the bridge. I thought it was unique that the goats did not just mention that they wanted to eat ...more
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff is about 3 goats who try to cross a bridge in order to eat grass on the other side. However, there is a horrible troll who lives under the bridge and tries to stop and eat them. Two of the billy goats are scared of the troll and devise a smart plan by tricking the scroll and manage to get across. The final biggest goat charges at the troll with his horns and tosses him into the river.

This book is aimed at children the EYFS. It can be used to teach the
Keeley Coffee
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone and Peter Christen Asbjørnsen is a folktale that originates from Norway. The three Billy goats eat all the grass on one side of the river. They notice green grass across the river, but to reach the grass, they must cross a bridge with a troll that lives underneath and wants to eat the goats. All three goats are able to outwit and fight off the evil troll. It is a very lighthearted story that is good for young ages, but enjoyable for anyone.

Kaela Huber
oI do not believe there is any bias or stereotypes in this book
•Cultural Diversity
oIt covers all cultures as since it is a folktale, the culture changes with every new telling of the story
oThis book is told in third person
oThere are three goats and they each take their turns going over the bridge. Under the bridge is a troll who wants to eat the goats as they cross. The troll got greedy and waited for the big brother goat to come, since the two their
Danielle Vetter
* I read the version by Gudrun Thorne-Thomsen.

Reading Level: 3.1
Guided Reading Level: 3.9

This story is about three goats who try to get past a troll. The first two goats trick the troll into trying to eat the other goat. In the end, the last goat defeated the troll by tossing him into the river.

This story is a piece of traditional literature because it is often read to young readers as an interesting tale.

Writing Trait:
Presentation- The author has a great sense of presentation. The story is
Emily Carrell
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of three brother goats who would like to cross a bridge to get to the other side where the grass is greener. However, underneath the bridge lives a big, scary, and ugly troll who threatens to eat them up if they cross his bridge. How do the goats figure out how to get across alive?

This is a cute classic that I read as a child, and I could probably read it to any age group. It has fun onomatopoeia's and word play, and deals with strategies for how to get the three goats across.
Shantel Floyd
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Timeless picture book. I loved this book when I was a kid and still do. The illustrations are lovely, really detailed and have a hand drawn look. In the book, three goats work together to outsmart a mean troll. The first two billy goats aren't a physical match for the troll and they know it. So instead of picking a fight, they outsmart the troll using their wits. It works. When the third one comes around, he actually is a physical match for the troll and knows that he doesn't have a back up. So, ...more
Paul Dilley
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another book that I vaguely remember from childhood has become a big favorite with my son, and my daughter enjoys it as well. The troll’s yellow teeth, unkempt hair, and, according to the kids, “stinky feet,” are useful reminders of the importance of hygiene. He does eventually take a sort of bath in the river after the third billy goat pushes him over the bridge; I find the last picture of the troll, in the water with his hands up, unsettlingly ambiguous—can he swim, will he drown? Finally, for ...more
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Paul Galdone (1907 - November 7, 1986) was a children's literature author and illustrator. He was born in Budapest and he emigrated to the United States in 1921. He studied art at the Art Student's League and New York School for Industrial Design. He served for the US Army during world War II.

He illustrated nearly all of Eve Titus' books including, Basil of Baker Street series which was translated