From the first glimpse of the slicked-up pompadours and hot rods of the Rockabilly Goats, readers will know that they are in for a good time with this rock-’n’-roll interpretation of a classic tale.
The three goat rockers—Billy Lee, Billy Joe and Billy Bob—are all on their way to a gig at Nanny May’s Shimmy Shack when a grumpy old troll fishing for his dinner gets in their way. One at a time, the goats play their guitar, bass and drums, respectively, filling the pages with onomatopoeia (“DOONG, DOONGA, DOONG, DOWNG, DOWNG!”). To conquer the troll, they scoop him up into one of their trucks, take him to the Shimmy Shack, fill his hungry belly with barbecue and then win him over with their groovin’ tunes. This picture book lives up to the excellent wordplay in the title with a whimsical storyline that keeps a solid beat. The amusing and expressive language makes this book an excellent choice for reading aloud, and the bright colors, exaggerated expressions and spot-on fashion details in the illustrations perfectly complement the text. The energy of the book will appeal to a broad audience—especially to music lovers.
A snazzy, music-themed twist on a classic story that both children and adults will enjoy. (Picture book. 3-6)