Goldilocks and just one bear

Leigh Hodgkinson

Book - 2012

Little Bear, all grown up, finds himself lost in a noisy, busy city where he happens to bump into someone with golden hair who remembers exactly how he likes his porridge.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick 2012.
Edition
1st U.S. ed
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
ISBN
9780763661724
0763661724
Main Author
Leigh Hodgkinson (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

With lots of wordplay and wry, lively pictures, this fractured fairy tale is also a hilarious sequel to the Goldilocks story. Of course, the parody is for older readers, but even young preschoolers will get some of the twists and turns on the story they know, and they will love the mayhem caused by a big, klutzy creature. A bear gets lost in the city, and, disoriented by the bright lights and terrible racket, he takes shelter in an apartment in Snooty Towers. No one is home. He tries the food: too soggy, too crunchy. He wants porridge, but he settles for a toast sandwich. When he tries to rest, he ends up sitting on the cat and then bursting the beanbag chair. Then the family returns and finds the mess. The little one screams, "Somebody has been eating my toast and they've eaten it all up!" The bear thinks the mommy person looks familiar. It turns out it's Goldilocks, living happily ever after. The playful, mixed-media art in colored pencil, paint, and collage extends the wordplay fun with the scenes of the bear lost in the crowded streets and passing by the Ugly Sister Beauty Parlor, Coffee Beanstalk, and Little Piggy Bank. Great for sharing. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Who doesn't love a reunion show? Hodgkinson (Limelight Larry) brings together a legendary couple—Baby Bear and Goldilocks—via a clever story that offers few clues as to what the author is up to. "Once upon a time, there was this bear," who wanders out of the woods and ends up in the heart of a noisy, bustling city. Disoriented, the bear stumbles into the penthouse apartment in Snooty Towers, where he finds just the right porridge, chair, and bed before falling asleep. The family is outraged, of course, until the "mommy person" and the bear realize who the other is. Hodgkinson's angular, naïf drawing style has just the right amount of satirical nudge for depicting Goldilocks' ascension to the 1% (she's become a stylish blonde matron married to an equally stylish and blonde man with a Mr. Monopoly mustache). Hodgkinson's dry sense of humor is on full display—the first chair Baby Bear tries is "too ouchy," the second "too noisy" (they are, respectively, a cactus and a cat)—and should earn this "Where are they now?" fairy tale many re-reads. Ages 3–up. (Aug.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—In this clever spin-off, Baby Bear (now grown up) breaks into Goldilocks's family's condo in "Snooty Towers." As he searches for porridge, he ends up consuming water from a fishbowl and the cat's food. He also sits on a cactus and reclines in a bathtub before finding his way to a comfortable chair and bed. The triumph of this book is the brilliant moment in which Goldilocks and Baby Bear recognize each other and begin reminiscing about their previous encounter and Goldilocks apologizes for her previous behavior. The snappy, British-flavored language is perfectly paired with jazzy mixed-media illustrations in mustard yellow, teal, lime, and magenta. Hodgkinson assembles urban street scenes with whimsically asymmetrical buildings. Older children will enjoy reading humorous street and shop signs ("This Way," "No This Way Actually" and "Wolf's Clothing Boutique"). Librarians will find this book an excellent addition to fairy-tale units, especially since the narrative invites so much discussion. The story is rich with contrast: rural and urban, animal and human, child and adult. The humor will likely overpower the illogical aspects of the story, but some sharp children may still point out flaws. Why, for example, did the bear think a cactus was a chair if he had chairs in his own woodsy cottage? Why was Goldilocks's luxury apartment unlocked? Even in a fairy-tale world, stories need logic to suspend disbelief. Children may or may not notice these minor cracks in an otherwise sharp retelling.—Jess deCourcy Hinds, Bard High School Early College, Queens, NY [Page 76]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Many years have passed since Goldilocks caused so much chaos at the Bears' house in the woods, but what happens when Little Bear wanders out of his fairytale and into the big city where Goldilocks now lives?

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Little Bear, all grown up, finds himself lost in a noisy, busy city where he happens to bump into someone with golden hair who remembers exactly how he likes his porridge.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In this award-winning authorillustrator’s witty sequel to the traditional Goldilocks story, Little Bear is all grown up and Goldilocks is a distant memory. One day, Little Bear wanders out of the woods and finds himself lost in the Big City. Will he find the city too noisy? Too quiet? Or just right? And what are the chances of him bumping in to someone who remembers exactly how he likes his porridge?

Review by Publisher Summary 4

In this award-winning authorillustrator's witty sequel to the traditional Goldilocks story, Little Bear is all grown up and Goldilocks is a distant memory. One day, Little Bear wanders out of the woods and finds himself lost in the Big City. Will he find the city too noisy? Too quiet? Or just right? And what are the chances of him bumping in to someone who remembers exactly how he likes his porridge?