Three Cool Kids

Three Cool Kids

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by Rebecca Emberley, Emberly

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This retelling of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" is set in the heart of a city where an enormous rat tries to keep three goats from crossing the street.


This retelling of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" is set in the heart of a city where an enormous rat tries to keep three goats from crossing the street.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Three Billy Goats Gruff are transformed into Big, Middle and Little Cool, city-dwelling creatures who confront a nasty sewer rat. Collage art makes this re-telling "crisp, craftsy, and sure, cool," said PW. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
This is a variant of the "Three Billygoats Gruff" tale, set in the inner city, with a nasty rat replacing the usual troll. Emberley's cut-paper collage technique vividly displays the protagonists and their environment.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
This is an updated version of the "Three Billy Goats Gruff" that transfers the setting to the city where the 3 Cool Kids lived happily until new construction and noise pollution made their lives miserable. The vacant lot with sweet grass would be perfect but, in order to get there they must cross the street which is controlled by the villain, a sewer rat. Does this sound familiar? You can bet there's a happy ending with the rat getting his comeuppance from BIG, oldest of the 3 Kids. Cut paper collage images suit this contemporary version of an old favorite. An inspiration for children to write their own versions of this tale by changing the setting.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A hip, inner-city version of Three Billy Goats Gruff, in which rumors of an ugly sewer rat prevent three kids from crossing the street, where the grass in a vacant lot really is greener-and more abundant. Finally, desperate for a better grazing area, the trio muster their courage and take the big step, thus enabling them to confront and banish the bully. Large, crisp collages made from paper, corrugated cardboard, and natural objects bring the goats to vibrant life and create the perfect backdrops for the action. And the goats-Big, ``both bossy and saucy''; Middle, vain and demure; and Little, adoring and endearing-burst from the pages. Little, clad in his red hightop sneakers, is particularly appealing, while the rodent looks appropriately malicious. The text is witty, the illustrations whimsical, and the combination utterly charming. Three cheers for Three Cool Kids.-Trev Jones, School Library Journal

Product Details

Little, Brown and Company
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Product dimensions:
8.04(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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SarahF82 More than 1 year ago
Three Cool Kids is a very interesting, modern twist on The Three Billy Goats Gruff. I found it very creative to take the characters and make them modern kids in a city setting. This is a book that more children today can relate to, rather than the older version. It's also very cute and can spark some very good conversations.