Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2009)
Reviewed by Cayden Aures (age 5) and Mom for Reader Views (10/09)
Ruth Sanderson’s “Goldilocks” is a spin on the classic tale. The book starts off the same way but instead of Goldilocks being awakened by the bears and running out of the house, this version has a more creative ending.
Cayden: “I know the story of Goldilocks and the bears but I didn’t ever hear it this way before. This one had a cool ending! I liked the picture of her with all of the blueberries in the beginning of the book. I wish we had a place by us with blueberries because those are my favorite! I also liked the picture of when Goldilocks sat on baby bear’s chair and it broke and pieces went everywhere. We need to make those blueberry muffins from that recipe at the back of the book too- they sound good!”
I really enjoy Ruth Sanderson’s beautifully detailed illustrations and her artwork in “Goldilocks” is no exception. It is also refreshing to see a different version of this classic story. The book even includes a recipe for “Papa Bear’s Blueberry Muffins” which are sure to be a hit in our house. “Goldilocks” will be a book that my children will treasure for some time.