Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Written by James Marshall
Illustrated by James Marshall

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There’s no doubting that this Goldilocks is a badly brought up young madam! Ignoring all advice – even the trees in the wood are peppered with instructions - she breaks into the Three Bears house and sets about helping herself first to the tempting bowls of porridge before moving on to trying out the chairs and then the beds. James Marshall doesn’t moralise; instead, his humorous illustrations make the points of the story wittily.


Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall

Some picture books are much too hard. Some picture books are much too soft. But James Marshall's Goldilocks is just right. This is Goldilocks as you've never seen her before! She is very definitely NOT sweet and innocent - oh no. She is one of those naughty, haughty little girls who do exactly as they please, when they please.

On her way to buy some muffins, Goldilocks ignores her mother's instructions and takes a shortcut through the forest...There, she discovers the three bears' house and saunters right in without even bothering to knock! Chaos ensues - chairs are broken to smithereens, porridge is spilled everywhere and tidy beds are disturbed! When the three brown bears return from their very pleasant bike ride (they were letting the porridge cool down), they can't believe the scenes of destruction that lie before them. They are NOT amused. Not one bit.

James Marshall, with his deft picture book touch and trademark irreverence, breathes life and humour into this classic tale. The laugh-out-loud pictures and words are bound to have little children, and parents, clamouring for repeats!

In 2007, the American Library Association posthumously honored James Marshall with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children . Marshall's title, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1989. Of his work, The New York Times said: The miracle of Mr Marshall's work is that so often his stories are as profound as they are simple.

About the Author

James Marshall

Children's author and illustrator James Marshall (October 10, 1942 - October 13, 1992) was born in San Antonio, Texas where he grew up on his family's farm. His father worked on the rail road, was a band member in the 1930's, and his mother sang in the local church choir. He played viola and entered the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA, but injured his hand thereby ending his music career. He returned to Texas, where he attended San Antonio College, and later transferred to Southern Connecticut State University where he received degrees in French and history. He lived between an apartment in the Chelsea district of New York and a home in Mansfield Hollow Connecticut.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

7th November 2013




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