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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.

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1995 Hard cover First edition. New in good dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 32 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: Children/juvenile. Dust jacket has about a 1 ... inch tear. Read more Show Less

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Overview

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
Ilene Cooper
Emberley takes an old tale and gives it an urban edge. The three stars of this story are goats, but they're not gruff; rather, they're cool kids. This sister and two brothers live in a noisy, dirty part of the city and are eager to move across the street to a vacant lot. But to get there, the trio has to pass a large, loathsome rat that lives in the sewer. The story itself follows the same path as "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," but the attraction here, besides the update, is Emberley's terrific cut-paper collages that literally give depth to the story. Whether it's the real newspaper being chewed by one of the goats or the earrings in sister kid's ear, Emberley provides so many interesting details that the pictures will be looked at again and again. One caveat--that yellow-eyed rat who tries to thwart the kidlings is "really" scary looking. Rats have a reality that trolls don't, and this one might cause a few trembly lips among more sensitive children. But for a slightly older audience who can appreciate the twist on the tale, this may be just the ticket.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316236669
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD390L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

    Great retelling of an old favorite

    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.

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