THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF by Stephen Carpenter

THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF

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Age Range: 2 - 4
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this entry in the Growing Tree series, the publisher copyrights the text, while Carpenter provides illustrations for the story; here, the three billy goats named Gruff play on a nasty troll’s greed to get where the grass is greenest. Logic has never been the long suit of this tale: Instead of letting the two smaller billy goats be terrorized by the mean and ugly troll, children wonder, why doesn’t the biggest billy goat step in sooner? It’s still a good introduction to comparatives, and the repetitiveness of the story invites participation. The artwork matches the story: The characters are suitably menacing, quivering, or stalwart, and the perspectives allow readers to be right there in the thick of the action. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: June 30th, 1998
ISBN: 0-694-01033-2
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: HarperFestival
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1998




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