From the Publisher
"A pretty little series...with bright colorful illustrationsall very artistically done." Parade
"The fanciful illustrations and small square format make the series especially inviting." Publishers Weekly
"Burstingly colorful paintings." Daily News
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Watts complements a classic folktale with a quaint, warmly detailed country setting and cast of bipedal animals. Ages 5-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
This is a satisfying illustrated version of an old tale from a publisher known for its high quality treatment of folk and fairy tales. It's the familiar story of the wolf who successfully outwits 7 young goat children who, though hip to the wolf's tricks, are just young and naive enough to be ultimately outsmarted. The illustrations embrace the text with gentle colors and fanciful perspectives. The folksiness of the full color drawings both involve the young readers in the action and reassure them that every thing will turn out all right in the end. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3A newly illustrated version of the folktale in which a mother goat warns her youngsters not to let anyone in while she is away, only to find that they have been duped by a wicked wolf and that six of them have been eaten. This straightforward version is complemented by quaint, colorful illustrations with just the right Old World charm. The oversized pages have many endearing details for little eyes to pore over. Older readers may enjoy the more humorous illustrations in Eric Kimmel's Nanny Goat and the Seven Little Kids (Holiday, 1990), but this is an adequate addition.Lisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA
This tale hasn't gotten nearly as much picture-book coverage as some of the Grimms' more popular works; perhaps because it's hard to depict that nasty scene in which the mother goat cuts the wolf open, lets out her kids, and sews stones in the wolf's stomach. Watts manages it here with a certain amount of decorum--the double-page spread shows the kids running free and the wolf already sewn up. Libraries needing a version of the story will find this one perfectly adequate. The text is straightforward, and the oversize pictures have a folksy quality that seems just right.
Read an Excerpt
There once was a mother goat who had seven kids. She loved them all very much.
One day the mother goat needed to get food for her hungry children. She called them together and said, “Children, I’m going out. Keep the door locked and do not let the wolf in. He wants to eat you! He’s very sneaky so he might wear a disguise. But you will know hi, by his deep voice and black paws.”
“Yes, Mama,” said the seven kids, “we promise to be very careful. Don’t worry about us.” And so the mother goat went out.
Not long after this, someone knocked at the door and said in a deep voice, “Open up, children, it’s your mother. I have a treat for each of you.”