Favourite books: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
15 December 2008Add to My Folder
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This retelling brings a new twist to the classic tale and has all the makings of becoming a timeless classic, says Charlotte Ronalds
‘A little curiosity can be a wonderful thing, but too much and you have trouble’. So warns Lauren Child at the start of Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Puffin, ISBN 978014138309). And in this version of the cautionary tale, Goldilocks has far too much curiosity for her own good.So when she discovers a rather curious-looking cottage, she can’t help but take a peek inside. Inevitably, she causes the usual chaos before being discovered by the Three Bears and running away, although in this retelling, she leaves her little red shoes behind.
The really refreshing thing about this book is the accompanying images. Rather than using illustrations, Polly Borland shot photographs of models in hand-built miniature sets, designed by Emily Jenkins. Children will love pouring (or should be that pawing?) over the pictures and spotting all the wonderful details.