In this fairy tale with a twist, readers will laugh as they follow the story of Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs!
The story begins with Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur, and a visiting dinosaur from Norway. The three dinosaurs make chocolate pudding, set up their three chairs, and make their three beds. Then they “conveniently” decide to go “Someplace Else” just in case a small, delicious, nice girl comes for a visit.
Once the three dinosaurs leave their house, Goldilocks comes for a visit and enters the house without a care in the world. She eats all of the chocolate pudding (because everyone loves chocolate!) and tries to sit on the chairs and rest in the beds.
Suddenly she hears one of the dinosaurs outside of the house talking about a delicious little girl stuffed with chocolate pudding. Goldilocks panics and realizes she is not in a bear’s house, but a dinosaur’s house! She manages to run out the back door before the three dinosaurs come rushing through the front door. The last two pages of the book outline the two lessons/morals of the story. The lesson for Goldilocks is: When you are in the wrong story, leave. The lesson for the three dinosaurs is: Make sure to lock the back door.
Readers who are aware of the traditional story of “Goldilocks and The Three Bears” will find Willems’ take on the story a humorous twist. The narrator of the story is quite sarcastic, so readers who are old enough to pick up on sarcasm will really enjoy the story and appreciate its humor.
Review by Laura Wilczek