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A thought-provoking picture book looking at both sides of the classic fairytale "Goldilocks and the Three Bears".

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ANTHONY BROWNE is the acclaimed author and illustrator of such prize-winning bestsellers as GORILLA (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Kurt Maschler Award), WILLY THE WIMP and ZOO (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal). VOICES IN THE PARK won the 1998 Kurt Maschler Award and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Anthony was also the winner of the 2000 Hans Christan Andersen Award for Illustration, and in 2009 became the new Children's Laureate.


PreS-Gr 2-Browne subtly overlays the story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" with a social message. The Goldilocks character, nameless throughout, is introduced in a dark palette against a bleak urban setting. Conversely, the Bear family is presented as a colorful and happy unit. Baby Bear is the narrator. While on a walk, the girl chases a balloon and gets lost. She is drawn to the bears' house with its warm, yellow facade. There, she is another person: her head no longer hangs low, and she is infused with color, especially her fiery, golden hair. She eats the porridge, checks out the chairs, and winds up in Baby Bear's bed. She is experiencing life in a world vastly different from her own. When the bears return and find the intruder, their perfect world is shaken up momentarily and, for the first time, they are depicted without color and clearly angry. The girl flees the house and runs back to her side of town. Baby Bear is left concerned and wondering about her. The girl finally runs into the arms of her mother, and the story concludes with their wordless, warm embrace. This book looks at what constitutes family and at our culture of the haves versus the have-nots. Browne's signature artwork and intentional use of color make the juxtaposition of "Goldilocks's" plight with the bears' way of life unmistakable. Younger children can enjoy this picture book, but, in the hands of the right adult, older children will get a lot out of it. Browne has added depth to a story that we thought we already knew.-Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Browne's urban, contemporary take on the Goldilocks story brilliantly juxtaposes two artistic and narrative styles. One strand of the story is wordless, as sepia-toned panels show a girl-a hint of blond peeks from under her hoodie-and her mother walking along city streets; they become separated when the child chases after a balloon. Meanwhile, sunny pictures with softer lines and a pastel palette introduce a cheerful bear family, as the youngest bear narrates. As the trio strolls in the park while their porridge cools ("Daddy talked about his work and Mommy talked about her work. I just messed around"), the lost, worried girl enters their welcoming yellow house. The familiar story line plays out and, after the bears return, the startled child darts from the house into the rain-soaked city of graffiti, barbed wire, broken windows, and litter. Browne (My Brother) gives his Goldilocks a happy ending: she runs into her waiting mother's arms as the sun breaks out. The contrast between the threatening city and the bears' warm home adds a provocative layer to the story, underscoring the value and power of family. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Goldilocks may be familiar, but Anthony Browne, the children's laureate, has made the story new in Me and You adding rich interpretation in text and pictures * The Sunday Times *
The differing styles of illustration implicitly raise issues of who belongs where and the tale as a whole asks many questions about right and wrong -- Helen Ward * TES *
As always Anthony's illustrations are mesmerising -- Natasha Harding * The Sun *
Alongside the re-telling of a fairytale is a completely different, quite modern story. Anthony Browne's words present one and his pictures the other until, as the book nears its end, the two come together . . . There are so many layers in this story that it will entrance young readers time after time * The Scotsman *
Anthony Browne has an extraordinary knack of turning a story into so much more . . . Once again, the author extends the boundaries of the picture book with this rich and thought-provoking story -- Anne Faundez * Carousel *

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