Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

by Mo Willems

This spoof brings Goldilocks (who looks suspiciously like Trixie of Knuffle Bunny... read more

This spoof brings Goldilocks (who looks suspiciously like Trixie of Knuffle Bunny fame) into the home of three dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur, and “some other Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway.” One day they made their beds, set up their chairs, and “cooked three bowls of delicious chocolate pudding at varying temperatures.” Then they left, “and were definitely not hiding in the woods waiting for an unsuspecting kid to come by.” When a “poorly supervised little girl named Goldilocks came traipsing along,” she smelled the pudding and promptly ate all three bowls, ending up “stuffed like one of those delicious chocolate-filled-little-girl-bonbons.” The humor in Mo Willems’s hilarious fractured fairy tale is all in the execution—the silly asides, the funny details in art and narrative, and the obvious machinations of the dinosaurs in their unsuccessful attempt to get an easy, little-girl-shaped meal. (Ages 6–10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2013

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