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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Silly dino twist on Goldilocks tale is roaring good fun.

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It's no surprise that Mo Willems has created another winning picture book, but this one's so funny and clever that it's an exceptional delight. It's ridiculous from the get-go, with not a baby dinosaur rounding out the family of three, as in the bear version, but "some other Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway." The fun is in Willems' knowing twists on the traditional story, as when he notes that one day, "for no particular reason, the three Dinosaurs ... cooked three bowls of delicious chocolate pudding at varying temperatures."

The art is simple enough for toddlers to enjoy, with sly elements to entertain adults, like a painting of dinos dancing in a circle, modeled after Matisse's painting Dance, a doormat that reads "Wipe Your Talons," and bowls marked "P.D."and "M.D.," for Papa Dinosaur and Mama Dinosaur, and D.f.N." for Dinosaur from Norway.

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