The Goldilocks Variations: A Pop-up Book

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A classic fairy tale is wittily retold by the celebrated Allan Ahlberg, with charming illustrations by his daughter, Jessica Ahlberg.

Everyone knows what happened when Goldilocks met the three bears. But when she encounters a whopping thirty-three bears, the strange-talking Bliim, or even three little pigs, the stories end a bit differently. Lift the flaps and pull the tabs to join Goldilocks in a hilarious series of adventures, as award-winning storyteller Allan Ahlberg and his...

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Overview

A classic fairy tale is wittily retold by the celebrated Allan Ahlberg, with charming illustrations by his daughter, Jessica Ahlberg.

Everyone knows what happened when Goldilocks met the three bears. But when she encounters a whopping thirty-three bears, the strange-talking Bliim, or even three little pigs, the stories end a bit differently. Lift the flaps and pull the tabs to join Goldilocks in a hilarious series of adventures, as award-winning storyteller Allan Ahlberg and his daughter, Jessica, put their own stamp on the timeless tale.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Retellings of Goldilocks are many, and this father-daughter team increases the tally by seven in this well-designed and very funny offering. Allan Ahlberg opens with a concise traditional version of the story before diving into increasingly chaotic alternate takes: in "Goldilocks and the 33 Bears," the girl's getaway is thwarted when she runs into dawdling teenage bears outside; an alien encounter, "Goldilocks and the Bliim," has a vocabulary all its own ("Who's been dodderling my spootz?"); and a parody of a children's theater production features audience interaction and a great many dance numbers. Interactive elements are cleverly integrated, and Jessica Ahlberg's prim watercolor cartoons and an overall elegant layout contrast delightfully with the stories' many comedic moments. Ages 5–up. (Oct.)
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The frequently distributed buns aren’t all that’s delicious in this exhilarating suite of variations on a classic.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—With whimsical illustrations and interactive features such as flaps, pop-ups, and pull tabs, the Ahlbergs showcase six silly variations on the classic tale. The standout of the bunch has the heroine wandering into the "trood (or spaceship) of The Three Bliim." Full of silly alien words, the tale begs to be read aloud. In other adventures, Goldilocks takes on 33 bears, the furniture (chair, bowl, and bed finally get starring roles), and a host of fairy-tale characters such as Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Pigs. Jessica Ahlberg's fanciful watercolor and ink illustrations sprinkle the pages and are the perfect counterpoint to the text's cheeky humor.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
Kirkus Reviews
A familiar old tale is taken for a terrific spin with more bears, three pigs, assorted woodland animals, space aliens, additional young cast members (including one in a red hood) and lots and lots of sticky buns. Being a "cheeky girl," Goldilocks thinks nothing of following up her destructive visit to the Three Bears' cottage by messing around in the seemingly similar "cottage"--which expands to a tall apartment house with the pull of a tab--of the 33 Bears. Then, in 2076, inviting herself into the trood (spaceship) of the Three Bliim for a taste of spootz ("porridge, sort of") and a nap in the smallest woodootog (bed). In further outings, Goldilocks encounters dishes and other furnishings with minds of their own, plays lead in a theatrical romp presented in an inset booklet containing a script and a pop-up stage, and at last finds a number of unexpected houseguests sleeping in her bed. The very small, very finely drawn figures and households insist on (and reward) close looks, and they are enhanced by an array of surprises revealed beneath flaps or through die-cut windows. The frequently distributed buns aren't all that's delicious in this exhilarating suite of variations on a classic. (Pop-up/fractured fairy tale. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763662684
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 429,700
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Allan Ahlberg is the acclaimed author of numerous picture books, including Everybody Was a Baby Once, The Runaway Dinner, Previously, and The Pencil, all illustrated by Bruce Ingman, and the popular Jolly Postman series. He lives in England.

Jessica Ahlberg is the illustrator of Yucky Worms by Vivian French. She lives in England.

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