The Three Bully Goats

The Three Bully Goats

by Leslie Kimmelman, Will Terry
     
 

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Gruff, Ruff, and Tuff bully their way across a bridge and into a meadow—teasing a kind ogre and butting small animals along the way. Frustrated because he can’t disarm the bullies by being friendly and polite, the ogre hatches a plan to teach the “bully” goats a lesson. This twist on “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” is a great

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Gruff, Ruff, and Tuff bully their way across a bridge and into a meadow—teasing a kind ogre and butting small animals along the way. Frustrated because he can’t disarm the bullies by being friendly and polite, the ogre hatches a plan to teach the “bully” goats a lesson. This twist on “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” is a great read-aloud (and discussion starter) that will have kids laughing in the aisles.“That’s right, it’s bully goats—a smart and timely idea for breathing new life into a classic . . . Most of the fun comes from seeing a fairy tale’s tables turned—and turned again.” —Publishers Weekly “A good springboard for both bullying conversations and problem-solving sessions.” —Kirkus Reviews “Neon-bright colors accent the smug goats, while Little Ogre looks like a troll doll with a hot-pink, spiky Mohawk and iridescent green body. With bullying a hot issue these days, teachers can pair this with any number of other versions to get the message across.” —Booklist “Children will enjoy reading and looking at the pictures of this delightful new version; it would be an excellent independent reading book for a school’s anti-bullying program. . . . Because there is not much literature about bullying for this age group, The Three Bully Goats would make an excellent selection for the library collection.” —Library Media Connection, starred reviewLeslie Kimmelman is the author of many picture books, including The Three Bully Goats and Round the Turkey. She lives with her family in Ardsley, New York. Will Terry has illustrated more than twenty picture books including The Three Little Gators and Little Rooster’s Diamond Button. He teaches illustration part-time at Utah Valley State College, creates ebook apps, and lives in Cedar Hills, Utah, with his wife and three sons. His website is willterry.com.    

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
That's right, it's bully goats—a smart and timely idea for breathing new life into a classic. This time, the hero is the "really nice" guy under the bridge: Little Ogre, who's Shrek green, sports a purple Mohawk, and is "friends with everybody." He knows he's no match for Gruff, Ruff, and Tuff—goats so nasty that after crossing the bridge and entering the meadow, they proceed to trample wildflowers and head-butt baby animals. Like anyone afflicted by bullying, Little Ogre feels powerless—until he remembers the baby skunks who live in the tallest, sweetest grass. Terry's (The Three Little Gators) rendering style, which look like a cross between airbrushing and pastel work, can feel too controlled and well-groomed for this tongue-in-cheek retelling; while the persecuted baby animals are funny, and the final image has a triumphant cuteness, Little Ogre only registers the broadest emotions. Kimmelman (The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah) nods to her source material with a "trip trap" refrain and other rhythmic elements, but most of the fun comes from seeing a fairy tale's tables turned—and turned again. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Turn about is fair play and in this imaginative variation of a familiar tale, the goats are truly the gruff ones. Gruff, Ruff, and Tuff graze all day in a grassy meadow that no others dare to come near. With a "grass is always greener on the other side" attitude, they decide to head across the river. Under the bridge they have to cross lives one very small and very kind ogre. He covers his ears in fright as each goat crosses the river with a threat to "butt you from here to Brazil." Bunnies and deer are no match for the head butting threesome. Just when the ogre is about to cry, he has a plan and enlists the help of his friends the skunks. They turn their backsides to the goats and...well let's say that those goats never bothered the animals in the meadow again as they galloped far, far away. The cartoon illustrations in Day-Glo hues are as lively and energetic as the tale. Children familiar with the original will giggle with delight as the mean goats are bested by the small animals. This could be used with primary grades as a discussion starter on bullying but pair it with other variations such as Rebecca Emberley's Three Cool Kids (Little Brown, 1995) and have students write their own variation. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Gruff, Ruff, and Tuff, three bully goats unhappy on their own turf, want to cross the bridge to the greener meadow on the other side. Little Ogre trembles as the first scary goat calls out, "I'm Gruff, and I mean, I'm really gruff./And you, you're just a powder puff./Now stop squawking, or I'll butt you/from here to Brazil." Gruff crosses the bridge, tramples the meadow, and butts the baby bunnies. Then Ruff repeats the refrain, crosses the bridge, and butts the baby deer, while Little Ogre weeps in frustration. When Tuff comes "TRIP TRAP" over the bridge, the ogre thinks quickly and directs the largest bully goat to the tall grass. He tosses four baby skunks head over paws before they raise their tails and spray all three goats. All the animals in the meadow sing, "Hip hip hooray!/We called their bluff! /So long, bully goats/Gruff, Ruff, and Tuff!" The neon-bright cartoonish illustrations show goats with bullish features—especially the third goat—and a small green troll with a purple curl and warty fingers. The sky is pink and yellow over a lime green meadow. Compare this contemporary version with a twist to Paul Galdone's classic The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Clarion, 1973). Here the bullying theme seems heavy-handed; a more redemptive version is Ann and John Hassett's The Three Silly Girls Grubb (Houghton, 2002).—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480489349
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
02/25/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
14 MB
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Leslie Kimmelman is the author of many picture books, including The Three Bully Goats and Round the Turkey. She lives with her family in Ardsley, New York. Will Terry has illustrated more than twenty picture books including The Three Little Gators and Little Rooster’s Diamond Button. He teaches illustration part-time at Utah Valley State College, creates ebook apps, and lives in Cedar Hills, Utah, with his wife and three sons. His website is willterry.com.   

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