Three Billygoats Gruff and Mean Calypso Joe

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When the three Billygoats Gruff try to cross the bridge that connects Split-in-Two Island, they are confronted by Calypso Joe, the nastiest troll on the island, and, by being clever, they teach Calypso Joe a valuable lesson, in a classic fairy tale that is vibrantly retold with a Caribbean spin.

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Kristin Sorra has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember. She is also the illustrator of The Three Billygoats Gruff and Mean Calypso Joe by Cathrene Valente Youngquist and currently lives in New York with her husband, a fellow artist. Kristin has no cats, but she does have a dog named Desi who purrs in his sleep.

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PreSchool-Grade 1-Three goats, a bridge, and tastier grass on the other side are all familiar, but the troll's name is Mean Calypso Joe, a pretty good clue that this version of the classic folktale takes place far from its Norwegian roots. The plot structure remains basically the same as the original; the variations are in the Caribbean dialect, the tropical setting, and the sunnier ending. Mean Calypso Joe has big square teeth, "eyes as big as coconuts," and seaweed hair. He sleeps in a hammock slung under the bridge and pops up whenever his rest is disturbed, shouting, "Nobody cross dis bridge, but first he pay de toll!" He meets his comeuppance in traditional fashion but it's a lesson well learned, as the now well-mannered creature assures all who cross, "no problem, man- no toll!" The expansive acrylic illustrations are bold and appropriately bright with lots of blue and green. The likable goats (especially the youngest with his little beanie and innocent expression) and the silly troll greatly mitigate the scare factor. Familiarity with the tale allows listeners to pay attention to the cadences and rhythms of the island lilt, so long as the reader can carry it off. Like the hip billy goat family in Rebecca Emberley's Three Cool Kids (Little, Brown, 1995), this tropical version is a fresh take on an old favorite.
Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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