Today I’m featuring a new favorite- a picture book by writer/illustrator Leigh Hodgkinson whose blog, wonky button highlights her talents as an artist. Her 2012 book Goldilocks and Just One Bear presents us with a new twist on a familiar story, packed with humor: “Once upon a time, there was this bear. One minute, he was strolling in the woods, all happy-go-lucky…The next minute, he didn’t have a crumb-of-a-clue where he was.”
Here is a great summary from publisher Nosy Crow:
“Many years have passed since Goldilocks caused chaos at the Bears’ house in the woods, but what happens when Little Bear wanders out of his fairytale and into the big city where Goldilocks now lives?
Awarding-winning artist and animator Leigh Hodgkinson is the creator of this funny and clever fractured fairytale based on the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Goldilocks is now grown up with a family and a rather smart apartment, so how will she react to coming home and finding that a very lost bear has been scoffing porridge, breaking chairs and sleeping in beds? Will she be cross, or is finally time to make amends?”
This story works well for preschool and beyond. It’s great fun, and one I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I have. For a list of other “fractured fairy tales” with titles for BOTH young kids and middle schoolers, check this out!