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Friday, September 7, 2012

Goldilocks Revisited

    Back in the day, I LOVED watching Fractured Fairy Tales.  For you youngsters, Fractured Fairy Tales were featured between 1959 - 1961 during "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle." These irreverent takes on fairy tales included Cutie and the Beast, and Leaping Beauty to name just two of the 91 which aired.  You get the picture.
Fast forward to Mo Willems and in 2012 we have the fractured fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs.  Willems, two time Theodor Geisel Award Winner and one time Theodor Geisel Honor recipient for a beginning reader book, has gone beyond fractured.  Goldilocks, the not-so-dumb blonde, wanders into the giant manse of three dinosaurs, Mama, Papa, and a visiting friend from Norway.  The three have not-so-innocently "wandered" off after having made three bowls of chocolate pudding and leaving a ladder near by the dinosaur - sized table, just in case.  You never now who might unknowingly break and enter. 
What's a girl to do? "The first bowl of chocolate pudding was too hot, but Goldilocks ate it all anyway because, hey, it's chocolate pudding, right?"   Then we have to deal with other dinosaur-sized furniture and possibly returning dinosaurs...how will it end?  Are there any pigeons involved? Who will live happily ever after?  Is there any chocolate pudding left? Please pick up a copy to find out.  I promise you a fractured funny bone, but it will be well worth it.

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