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GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS by Steven Guarnaccia

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS

A Tale Moderne

By Steven Guarnaccia (Author) , Steven Guarnaccia (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8109-8966-5
Publisher: Abrams

"Once upon a time, a family of bears lived in a split-level house deep in the forest. There was a big burly Papa Bear, a medium-sized Mama Bear, and their pint-sized Baby Bear." This hipster family—Papa sports a beret, dark glasses and a scruffy, beatnik beard—has furnished their split-level with the finest in modern design, which Goldilocks predictably abuses when she happens upon their house as the Bears go for a walk to let their chili cool off. Guarnaccia uses the same groovy style he employed for The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale (2010), isolating the Bears’ furniture (a Jacobsen "Egg" chair, a Noguchi chess table, a Nelson "Atom" clock, a Becchi "Anfibio” sofa, etc., all identified on the endpapers) in white space and employing off-kilter angles and a judicious use of neon lines on black. While some of the dialogue is a little odd (a dismayed Mama Bear expostulates, "Buzz fuzz!"), for the most part the retelling is both smooth and in keeping with the look of the book. The Bears have never been so cool. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-8)