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Anthony Browne
Doubleday
9780385614894
April 2010
Anthony Browne's wonderful riff on Goldilocks and the Three Bears has the dedication "For all underdogs". Goldilocks is no fairytale character in this version, but a modern little girl in hoodie living in a dull grey terrace. She goes out shopping with her mum. Their gloomy expressions speak of a desolate home atmosphere. Whilst her mother browses longingly in a butcher shop window - you get the impression she is too poor to buy the fresh meat on display - the girl goes chasing a stray balloon. All this takes place on the left-hand page of each spread. Meanwhile, on page right the bear family wake up and go for a stroll. They look like bears but dress and talk like ordinary people. "Daddy talked about his work and Mummy talked about her work. I just messed about," baby bear tells us.

After the girl has entered the bears' house, and they duly return, the tale follows its traditional course but Browne has created a version that will get children thinking and talking and reacting to the clever artistry.

Five achukachicks, of course!



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