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The Three Billy Goats Gruff -- The FULL Story

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Dynamic art, clever text make for fun update of classic.

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This lively retelling of the classic fairy tale adds goat cousins and portrays the troll as a monster with lots of kid-appeal, but keeps the tension and repetition for a great read-aloud. Changes in perspective help Katherie Tillotson's captivating characters jump out at the reader and add to the drama and momentum of the story. And Richard Jackson's clever, playful text will keep kids engaged at every step.

The final swerve into the goats telling their own versions of their Trolll encounters to their cousins is a little puzzling, but true to human experience: Everyone enjoys recounting a story of bravery in which they get to be the hero.

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