The Center for Children's Books


Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Goldilocks and the Three Bears - December 2012

Selected and annotated by Anna Holland and Katie Boucher


Agard, John. Goldilocks on CCTV. Frances Lincoln, 2012. 64p. Gr. 6-10.
This collection of 29 whimsical poems takes our most beloved fairy tale characters to the twenty-first century and imagines such scenarios as a giant and a mobile phone, the cloning of Red Riding Hoodie, and Puss-in-Trainers. Those interested in Goldilocks tales will particularly enjoy reading the comical tale of Goldilocks caught on surveillance camera smashing chairs and eating from a bowl of muesli.

Ahlberg, Allan. The Goldilocks Variations. Candlewichk, 2012. 32p. 5-8 yrs.
This aptly titled collection of Goldilocks tales offers the original, followed by imaginative and even futuristic interpretations of the classic tale. All, however, deliver the same loveable mischief caused by Goldilocks as she oversteps her bounds by breaking chairs, eating porridge, and sleeping in beds, agitating not only bears, but also aliens and even the furniture itself. Pull-tabs, pop-ups, and other beautifully crafted interactive elements create an inspired and engaging Goldilocks experience.

Ahlberg, Allan. Previously. Candlewick, 2007. 32p. 5-7 yrs.
All stories start somewhere. This multiple folktale remix begins with Goldilocks gasping for relief after arriving safely home. previously having been at the Bear’s house sleeping in their beds, breaking their chairs, and eating their porridge. But the story keeps rewinding from there to when Goldilocks skipped in the woods and bumped into her friend Jack who previously…well you get the idea.

Aylesworth, Jim, ad. Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Scholastic, 2003. 32p. 4-6 yrs.
This classic retelling stars an immensely curious Goldilocks with a propensity to forget the warnings her mother gives. After helping herself to the breakfast, chairs, and beds in the odd little house she finds in the woods and getting a thorough scare, Goldilocks’ memory dramatically improves. Goldilocks’ lively and sometimes exaggerated expressions purposefully seem out of place in the old-fashioned, slightly Victorian illustrations and reveal a hint of mischief at play in this humorous lesson on good behavior.

Barton, Byron. The Three Bears. HarperCollins, 1991. 32p. 2-4 yrs.
Told with few variations, Barton’s bright, bold cutout illustrations breathe new life into an old tale. The rhythmical dialogue and narration pair nicely with the repetitive patterning of illustrations to create a perfect toddler-aged introduction to Goldilocks.

Browne, Anthony. Me and You. Farrar, 2010. 32 p. 6-9 yrs.
Narrated by Baby Bear and told in a series of pictures by Goldilocks, this interesting retelling proves that there are two sides to every story. The tale begins with Baby Bear talking about his day, and though we do not get to hear from Goldilocks, we follow her morning through comic strip-like illustrations. Watching as she wanders after a balloon, loses her way in the urban landscape, and eventually stumbles into the Bear’s cheery yellow home, we see two storylines momentarily brought together.  

Clark, Emma Chichester, ad. Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  Candlewick, 2010. 34p. 2–5 yrs.
This version of Goldilocks features a troublemaking, thoughtless little girl who “doesn’t wonder and doesn’t ask” but helps herself to the biggest, softest, most comfortable accommodations in the Bear cottage while its inhabitants are out for a morning stroll. The feisty Goldilocks and contemporary furnishings and décor of the Bear home help modernize this otherwise traditional fairytale with freshness and humor.

Petach, Heidi. Goldilocks and the Three Hares. Putnam, 1995. 32p. Gr. 1-3.
In this incredibly punny—I mean funny—retelling, Goldilocks loses her ball down a rabbit hole and stumbles into the home of the three Hares, whereupon she is greeted by the awful smell of burning oatmeal. Witty non-stop commentary from a family of eight mice who live below the house follow her every move as Goldilocks samples first the breakfast, then the chairs, and then the beds of each Hare.  

Stanley, Diane, ad. Goldie and the Three Bears. HarperCollins, 2003. 40p. 4-6 yrs.
Goldie knows exactly what she does and does not like, but her standards for what qualifies as “just right” hinder her pursuit of finding a friend who is not too boring, too rough, or too snobby. One day Goldie gets off the bus at the wrong stop and wanders into a cute little house with lunch on the table just the way she likes it. In classic folktale fashion, the three Bears come home to a surprise sleeping in Baby Bear’s bed, but here is where the traditional storyline is replaced with a friendly twist.   

Willems, Mo. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs. Balzer + Bray, 2012. 34p. Gr. 2-4.
“I SURE HOPE NO INNOCENT LITTLE SUCCULENT CHILD HAPPENS BY OUR UNLOCKED HOME WHILE WE ARE…uhhh…SOMEPLACE ELSE!” Thus begins this comical riff on the Goldilocks tale. Three hungry dinosaurs lay a trap of three tempting bowls of chocolate pudding and hide in the woods nearby for an unsuspecting kid to gobble up the tasty treat and fall asleep, because as Mama Dinosaur says, “DELICIOUS CHOCOLATE-FILLED-LITTLE GIRL-BONBONS ARE YUMMIER WHEN THEY’RE RESTED!”   

Willey, Margaret, ad. The 3 Bears and Goldilocks. Atheneum, 2008. 32p. 5–7 yrs.
With the advice from her father to “not rush headlong into places where you don’t belong” Goldilocks embarks for a day’s adventure in the woods where she discovers a small, grungy cabin. She sets to work sweeping the pine and berry-strewn floor, sweetening the porridge, and eventually falling asleep on a mound of leaves only to be found by three angry, surprised bears who wonder why she meddled with their perfect home.

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