FICTION

Goldilocks for Dinner: A Funny Book About Manners

Schwartz & Wade Bks/Random/. Jul. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399552359.
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K-Gr 2–A simple but inadvertently “terrifying” misunderstanding is the premise for this tale of Goblin and Troll’s good intentions. The two friends enjoy a cup of tea and discuss how rude children are. The purple and green creatures decide then and there to “find the rudest child of all and have it for dinner.” On their way to town, they compliment Mary from “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary” on her beautiful garden only to be met with a terse, not very polite, but not surprising response. Colorful cartoon illustrations fill the pages, and observant children will find many nursery rhyme characters in the backgrounds, including the three little pigs, Little Bo Peep and her sheep, Jack and Jill from hill fame, Little Jack Horner, and others. The disgruntled three bears explain their predicament to Goblin and Troll: there’s a rude child in their house creating chaos. The two friends take it from there. 
VERDICT Youngsters will have fun pointing out the various nursery rhyme characters and will be anxious to learn of Goldilocks’s fate.

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