In a humorous take-off of the popular fairytale, the Hare family heads out to get some breakfast after Mama burns the oatmeal, and Goldilocks walks into their house after they leave.
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Petach practices nontraditional casting and extravagant punning in this fractured fairy tale, in which Goldilocks falls down the rabbit hole. Relatively straightforward narrative counterpoints voice-bubble dialogue from Goldy and the hares ("Hey, we're rabbits, not hares!" objects Papa; "I know, dear," replies his wife."But maybe the artist doesn't know how to paint them"). A subplot-unfolded chiefly in panels at the bottom of the pages-pits a family of mice against invading weasels ("The famous Mom and Pop robber gang-the Goze family!" exclaims one character, to which another responds, "Oh, sure-Pop Goze, the Weasel!"). The tale ends happily ever after as Goldilocks offers to cook the rabbits French toast by way of restitution for the purloined porridge. Petach wastes no opportunities for silly scenarios and her wordplay is of the no-holds-barred variety: "I couldn't think of a background, so I drew a blank." It's up to the reader to giggle or groan. All ages.
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Kindergarten-Grade 2?An imaginative takeoff on the familiar tale. There are two levels of story here. Goldilocks falls into the underground home of the three hares while chasing her ball. Below them lives a family of eight mice, who give a running commentary on the activity above them. Attractive, colorful illustrations flow from page to page, setting the subterranean scenes. Amusing details encourage repeated viewings. Dialogue balloons carry the characters' comments and conversations, while a straight narrative tells of Goldilocks's encounter with the three rabbits' oatmeal (burnt), chairs, and beds. There are puns galore?a few that adults will appreciate more than children. Still, there are plenty that youngsters will love, as when Goldilocks gets sick while checking out the great big waterbed. "You know who's really sick? The ill-ustrator." Great fun for family sharing.?Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
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Book Description Scholastic, Inc, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M059000218X
Book Description Scholastic, Inc, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11059000218X
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