The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

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by Peter Christen Asbjornsen
     
 

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The three Billy Goats Gruff is an old Norwegian folktale that tell of Three Billy goats who while wandering, need to cross over a bridge to the other side of a river, but are confronted by a mean troll who takes a toll fee for crossing. Do they avoid the toll, or do they get eaten by the meanie.

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The three Billy Goats Gruff is an old Norwegian folktale that tell of Three Billy goats who while wandering, need to cross over a bridge to the other side of a river, but are confronted by a mean troll who takes a toll fee for crossing. Do they avoid the toll, or do they get eaten by the meanie.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rounds's pedestrian retelling of the familiar Norwegian folk tale about the billy goats who trick a mean troll lacks the verve and vitality that has made the story a favorite of kids around the world. Reminiscent of children's crayon drawings, the illustrations--set against ample white backgrounds--feature a yellow sun outlined with black rays that hangs in a blue pencilled sky, and a scraggly hillside where ``the grass is so tall and green and tender.'' The eponymous animals, however, seem neither brave nor clever, and the troll hardly surly enough to make the story work. There is almost no character differentiation between the smallest goat, who goes trip-trapping across the troll's bridge and the biggest Billy Goat Gruff, who butts the troll from the bridge. Nor do the frequent use of exclamation points, changes in font size and capital letters compensate for the lack of either storytelling voice or drama in the straightforward text. This tale is better served by previously published renderings, such as the standard Paul Galdone version. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-- A kinetic retelling of a beloved tale. Using no-nonsense language and his trademark minimalist drawings, Rounds strips the story down to the bare essentials, recapturing its time-tested appeal. With hairy, scratchy-looking skin, a huge wart on a pickle-shaped nose, bloodied extremities, and poor posture, the Troll makes the perfect bad guy. Splatters of brown-gray charcoal color float around the outline of his body, giving him an offensive aura. When the biggest Billy Goat Gruff appears on the scene, a face-forward drawing featuring a bristly goatee beard, ornery eyes, and a set of broad shoulders lets everyone know that this is not some cud-chewer. A dramatic double-page spread, filled with movement and emotion, captures the conflict as the two foes charge one another. After the goat butts his enemy with ``hard horns'' and tramples him with ``sharp hooves,'' another striking illustration shows the troll's grasping hands as he slips below the bridge. Readers are left with the reassuring image of the three goats grazing peacefully on a hillside. While carefully preserving the essence of the Norwegian tale, Rounds freshens it up with his unique perspective and style. Make room for this one next to the classic versions by Paul Galdone (Houghton, 1979) and Marcia Brown (Harcourt, 1957). --Joy Fleishhacker, New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781508870050
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
03/14/2015
Pages:
26
Sales rank:
1,143,946
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.07(d)

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
This is great for storytelling and kids love it! The big ugly troll, a bully, obviously, gets what he deserves.