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The Three Billy Goats' Stuff!

by Bob Hartman, Jacqueline East

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Popular author Bob Hartman puts his inimitable spin on a retelling of the popular, traditional tale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff.  See more details below


Popular author Bob Hartman puts his inimitable spin on a retelling of the popular, traditional tale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
The classic "Three Billy Goats Gruff" story has been modernized by the British storyteller Bob Hartman, who specializes in such twists. (See The Wolf Who Cried Boy.) The present location is a school yard—really rather perfect territory for bullying—and the current bully is a kindergarten-age troll who has cornered the market on intimidation vis-a-vis daily lunches and pocket change. Then one day the goat family moves to town and Troll, delighted by the prospect of new quarry, begins to huff and puff from his hiding place under the bridge-substitute playground "climbing frame." (This is the one odd note of the text; perhaps an Americanized term for the equipment would have worked better.) Youngsters will enjoy Troll's comeuppance through Hartman's sly retelling of the tale, and East's warty-green rendition of young Troll. The CD included has some sound-effects along with a narration of the story either with or without page-turning prompts. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—This unique retelling of the classic story is intended to be a cautionary tale about bullying, but it falls somewhat flat. Troll hides under the jungle gym and intimidates his classmates into emptying their pockets. This pattern continues until he meets the goats, and various family members refuse to give up their stuff. Ultimately, he is taken to the head teacher's office and later returns all of the stolen treasures, but there is no reconciliation with the other students, and transferring Troll to another school is not the best solution. Readers do not have to consider the consequences for Troll or his relationship with others. A CD with two readings of the story (one includes page-turns and the other "to enjoy with or without the book") is included. Lavish use of white space, clever illustrations, and an unusual typeface create an attractive package, but this is not an essential purchase.—Michele Sealander, Hamburg School, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Troll loves to hide under the playground equipment at The Traditional Academy for Small Furry Animals and the Odd Mythical Creature and jump out at his fellow students to shake them down: "[R]each in your pocket / And give me your stuff!" He thinks the skinny new kid is going to be an easy mark, but the little goat puts him off; his older brother has a bigger briefcase, of course. And so it goes, until the biggest brother gives Troll a delicious comeuppance. East's watercolors depict a big green bully with tusky underbite against a generic schoolyard background. The fun's in the text, which will make for a good fractured-fairy-tale read-aloud in many an elementary classroom. (Picture book. 6-10)
Childhood Education
"A hilarious take on the traditional Three Billy Goats Gruff... a great story with loads of potential for exploring alternative plots as well as issues surrounding bullying. Most of all, this topsy-turvy tale is ideal for reading aloud and getting into the spirit of a good old storytime."

Product Details

Lion Hudson
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Bob Hartman is a popular children's writer and performance storyteller, a regular at festivals including the Spring Harvest Christian festival in the UK and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. He also works as a youth pastor for a Baptist church in Pittsburgh. His books include the best-selling Lion Storyteller Bible, The Lion Storyteller Bedtime Book, and the highly acclaimed Wolf Who Cried Boy. Total sales of his books for Lion are now in excess of one million copies.

Jacqueline East is a popular children's illustrator and has worked with Scholastic, Oxford University Press, Harper Collins and Ladybird.

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