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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Great art and fun foodie details add to familiar folktale.

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This fresh, stylized version of the classic folktale adds sly humor and great art to tell the familiar story. Here, the troll looks like a big rat, and he's a bit menacing with his fork and spoon at the ready, but not too scary. His lines of dialogue rhyme -- "Who seeks to reach the grassy ridge? Who dares to walk across my bridge?" But the rest of the text does not. The silliest innovation -- and the most fun for adults reading The Three Billy Goats Gruff aloud -- is the goat listing his favorite goat dishes, as in this passage:

"I love goat! Let me count the ways!/
Goat Benedict with hollandaise./
Goat jerky, jerk goat, curried goat./
Goat gravy in a silver boat./
A goat flambé with candied yams./
A goat clambake, with goat, not clams!

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