GOLDENLOCKS AND THE THREE PIRATES by April Jones Prince

GOLDENLOCKS AND THE THREE PIRATES

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Age Range: 4 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Who dares board a most worthy sea vessel when its inhabitants are out? Best be looking for the telltale golden hair.

A piratical Mama, Papa, and Baby sail upon their sloop, a villain every one. Tired of hardtack, Mama attempts some good old-fashioned gruel, but she burns it (cooking’s not really her forte, but she wields a mean cutlass). As they row ashore in their dinghy for fresh water and let the gruel cool off, a lonesome girl follows her nose to the cooling breakfast. Instead of just going through the familiar fairy-tale motions, Goldenlocks fixes up, improves, and generally makes everything better onboard. And when she’s discovered, do the pirates offer her the plank? Nay, she’s given a job as the newest recruit instead! Salerno fills the illustrations chock-full of delightful details, the wind-tousled figures, all evidently white, rendered in jewel tones. The pirates prove a comical foil to the ever savvy Goldenlocks. In upsetting the clumsy-housebreaker trope, the titular heroine is something of a jack-of-all-trades, making her a perfect complement to other STEM-girl heroines. Somewhat less forward-thinking is that it’s Mama pirate who is the cook in the family while peg-legged Papa watches; some stereotypes don’t die.

Arr-guably the best pirate fairy tale to sail the seven storytimes. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Nov. 21st, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-374-30074-6
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2017




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