Willems’ book is a retelling of the story of Goldilocks and the three bears; except that Willems changes things masterfully and in such a way that children (and adults like me) will really enjoy.
This book has a fair bit more text than picture books previously reviewed and does have some terms and words that may be slightly harder for very young readers. However, middle primary school years would probably enjoy this book a lot, as they are able to handle the language a little better and compare this story to the original fairy tale. The story itself is also incredibly funny and I find that it would be very relatable to young readers (and since I chuckled, the adults would enjoy it too).
The pictures are very detailed and rather bold in colour. They are especially important to the story and add extra humour and character to the story being read. The expressions on Goldilocks’ face were especially entertaining for me. It is definitely worth rereading to pick up on things that may have been missed within the illustrations the first time round, particularly for children being read to.
Mo Willems has written multiple books and has even won Emmy awards for his writing on Sesame Street. If this doesn’t make you want to pick up one of his books, I am telling you to do so as I really enjoyed this! It is an incredibly entertaining read, one that successfully reinterprets the classic fairy tale.