Dreddielocks & the Three Slugs

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When a very tired ant named DreddieLocks visits the very slimy home of three banana slugs, a very sticky situation ensues. As the mischievous ant samples the absent slugsí gruel and tries out their beds, more and more things stick to him! This vibrantly illustrated story by first-time childrenís-book author Margaret E. Hyde explores the ultrasticky nature of banana-slug slime and the incredible strength of the ant in a whimsical re-creation of the classic childrenís story ...
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When a very tired ant named DreddieLocks visits the very slimy home of three banana slugs, a very sticky situation ensues. As the mischievous ant samples the absent slugsí gruel and tries out their beds, more and more things stick to him! This vibrantly illustrated story by first-time childrenís-book author Margaret E. Hyde explores the ultrasticky nature of banana-slug slime and the incredible strength of the ant in a whimsical re-creation of the classic childrenís story Goldilocks and the Three Bears .
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Publishers Weekly
Banana slugs seem a can't-miss proposition for a picture book, but even slug slime "stickier than any glue in the world" can't bond this lackluster Goldilocks tale together. Ooey, Gooey and Looey, a slug trio, "set out on a morning stroll through the wet grass leaving their breakfast, mushroom gruel, to moisten in the dew." Along comes a red ant named DreddieLocks, who gets his name from the spaghetti-like protrusions sticking out the sides of his backward baseball cap. Dreddie samples each of the slugs' gruel, finding one too cold, one too hot and another "perfectly perfect." But there's a twist. Every time Dreddie touches a bowl, sits on a toadstool or lies down on a leaf-bed, the item sticks to him. When the slug family finds him, he's piled high with their belongings and can't fit out the door but "they all lived slimily ever after." Parker, who makes his children's debut here, presents close-ups of the pop-eyed ant and the rippling, elephantine slugs. In his full-bleed paintings of the bugs' viney abode, he favors thick hues of rust red, muddy ochre, olive, evergreen and leaden black. Hyde, creator of the Great Art for Kids board books, follows the Three Bears formula with the addition of the slugs' secretions. Her retelling puts a new spin on a classic, but the dense, heavy artwork makes an already repetitive story proceed at a snail's pace. Endnotes about banana slugs and ants add substance. Ages 5-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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K-Gr 3-In this flat, twisted retelling of the classic tale, three banana slugs-Ooey, Gooey, and Looey-take an early morning stroll. Enter DreddieLocks, an adventurous young ant that has wandered too far from home and is tired and hungry. He comes upon the slugs' home in the stump of a redwood tree, crawls in, and begins a sticky adventure in which he samples bowls of gruel, toadstools, and leaf beds before falling asleep. When the slugs return, they are shocked and disturbed to see that someone has wrecked their home. Anger is replaced by laughter when they discover DreddieLocks with all of their slimy belongings stuck to him. The jarring and disconcerting paintings lend nothing to the development of the characters. DreddieLocks has no locks to speak of and the "yuck" factor is grossly overdone. Facts about banana slugs and ants are appended. Melodye Benson Rosales's Leola and the Honeybears (Scholastic, 1999) and Marilyn Tolhurst's Somebody and the Three Blairs (Orchard, 1991) are better variations.-Tracy Bell, Durham Public Schools, NC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589802315
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Curtis Parker lives and paints in Tempe, Arizona. He attended Arizona State University and there studied graphic design and illustration. Many of his images have appeared in Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and Communication Arts . This is his first childrenís book.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2004

    Dreddielocks and the Three Slugs, a new age classic

    The book is a twist on the classic 'Goldie locks and the Three Bears'. It is fun for many ages, boys and girls. It is a wonderful bedtime picture book. Quality illustrations by Curtis Parker illuminate the pages, creating the magical appeal of the story.

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