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In this spirited spin on a classic tale, three fun-loving armadillo sisters--Lilly, Jilly, and Dilly--need to cross a busy highway to get to the new dance hall.
They decide the safest option is to scurry through the culvert that runs under the road. But inside the culvert lurks a spindly legged coyote with a big appetite for "armadilly chili." The littlest sister, Lilly,
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Peachtree Publishers
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Abigail
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Fractured Fairy-Tales
The classic Norwegian folktale, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, gets a southwestern makeover in this picture-book retelling, as the three Armadilly sisters decide to attend a dance on the other side of the highway. Crossing underneath this busy thoroughfare by means of a culvert, the three armadillos encounter a hungry coyote, each one promising the predator a larger meal, if she waits for the next sister to pass by. Finally, when the eldest sister, Dilly Armadilly, hears the coyote's sad tale, she ...more
Lara
A southwestern retelling of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. Stays pretty true to the original, up until the ending when they all become friends (through a spa night and shopping? seems a bit of an anticlimax, personally). Some fun word play though, especially with the character names, so might be a fun read-aloud.
Wasn't crazy about the illustrations either. The animals seemed either very cute or very weird.
A clever idea but doesn't quite follow through all the way. So, about 2.5-3 stars from me
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Diane
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
"How long has it been since you've had a girls' night out?"

Three armadillos, one at a time, meet up with a coyote in a drainpipe. The oldest, Dilly, persuades the coyote to come out with her and her sisters for a night on the town.
Mckinley
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: western, picture, animal
Western take on a classic fairy-tale.
Sam
Sep 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
This parallel story is similar to the goats gruff story. However, this story is about three armadillo sisters that want to travel to the city to go dancing. They decided to travel to the city by going through a tunnel. When the first sister went through the tunnel she met a mean coyote that wanted to eat her. The first little coyote said do not eat me you should eat the second sister because she is bigger. When the second sister met the coyote it wanted to eat her too, but the second sisters ...more
Barbara
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This is a wonderful retelling of the Three Billy Goats Gruff with a desert flavor. Three armadillo sisters decide to have a night on the town, and they cross under the highway through a tunnel in order to avoid dangerous traffic. One by one, each sister encounters a hungry coyote that they trick into letting them go. When the last sister arrives, she takes pity of the coyote who is as lonely as much as she is hungry, and offers to let her tag along. After a bit of sprucing up, all four dine on ...more
Elizabeth Lauver
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-friendship
The Three Armadillies Tuff, by Jackie Mims Hopkins, was a very fun read. I would encourage any student with the loves for animals of all kind to read this book. This is also a very enjoyable book for students that are eager to figure out what is going to happen in a book. I loved how each armadillo had their own special characteristics and how they were all different and then when the Coyote didn’t get to eat any of the Armadillies they helped create her into a fun and enjoyable character. I ...more
Gretchen
Aug 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: classroom-use
A take on the Three Billy Goats Gruff, the language is fun and the story stays relatively true to the original. The ending is a bit of a cop out because they all become friends in the end due to a little makeup and new clothes. Really?? To me, making that so important to girl armadillos and a girl coyote is a little sad.
Becca
I wrote up a readers' theater script version of this book and had 4th-6th graders perform. We did this following a lesson on genres, including that of traditional literature. They had to decide which fairy-tale this was based on and what the author changed to create this one.
Cheryl
Bright pink cover and armadillos with lipstick make this hilarious tale all the funnier. Loved the vocabulary used (like ninny, fleabag, scraggly, grungy, etc). The unexpected twist adds a great discussion topic. Pure fun!

Among the best in children's picture books.
Lisa
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy
Very Oklahoman spin on Three Billy Goats Gruff.
Edward Sullivan
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fun take on the Three Billy Goats Gruff with a distinctive southwestern flavor. Great choice for reading aloud.
Brillare
May 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Brillare by: the kid I babysit
Cute. Especially fun to read in a suitable accent.
Andria
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The kids love to help me tell this story as it is so similar to the billy goat's gruff tale. This modern updated version just gives them the giggles especially as I do voices.
Reeny
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
A cute western take on The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
Katie
Like The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Good ending, the armadillos convince the coyote to have a girls night out.
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Jackie Mims Hopkins is a storyteller, a school librarian and a former teacher. She is the author of several children's books, including The Three Armadillies Tuff and The Gold Miner's Daughter. She lives in Texas.