by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Beth Coulton; illustrated by Nate Wragg
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2014
Picture book, fiction, fractured fairy tale
YHBA nominee, 2016-2017
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 3.4
4 out of 5 stars
There are a lot of fractured fairy tales that remake Goldilocks and the Three Bears. So while this isn’t exactly a new idea, Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears puts a new, musical spin on the story.
In this version, the three bears play in a band and realize that they need a lead singer who can hit the high notes. So they leave their home studio to go host tryouts. Meanwhile, Goldi smells porridge and heads inside. She sees the home studio, and quickly abandons the porridge to try out the microphone, headphones, and musical instruments. As in the fairy tale, only Baby Bear’s equipment is just right. Exhausted, Goldi falls asleep on Baby Bear’s keyboard, and the bears return home. Startled out of sleep, Goldi screams in the perfect high C, and the bears have found their singer.
Goldi Rocks stays true to the original fairy tale, yet adds a decidedly fresh spin. The rhyming text sounds wonderful when spoken, and moves at a quick pace, making this an ideal read-aloud. It is also fun to see some other fairy tale characters appear in the auditions. The art was done with pencil, painted textures, and Adobe Photoshop and has a film-like cartoon quality that matches the style and plot of the story well.
This would make an excellent addition to a lesson featuring fractured fairy tales.