An abbreviated version of the classic home-invasion tale, with die-cut windows and press-out figures.
“Somebody’s eaten my porridge, and broke my chair!” cries Baby Bear, abandoning grammar to move the tale along to a quick climax. The cartoon illustrations are similarly minimalist, featuring a trio of brown, generic bears with ursine heads and paws but human bodies and garb. Goldilocks is a pink-cheeked white urchin in a pink polka-dot shift who races off at the end despite the forgiving Baby Bear’s invitation to stay and play ball. As Baby Bear also gets blamed for leaving the door open at the outset, the tale will serve helicopter parents equally well as a base for discussions of home safety or ethics in general. Perhaps more relevantly for the diapered intended audience, to make the house-shaped pages easy to grasp and turn, the pictures are printed on light card stock that is glued to layers of soft foamcore. The four press-out pieces are superfluous to the story but do at least offer further opportunity to practice motor skills by pulling them out of their form-fitting niches and pressing them back in. They are also eminently chewable, so it’s good to see child-safety ratings on the rear cover.
An interpretation that’s notable more for its materials than its content. (Board book. 1-2)