Goldilocks for Dinner: A Funny Book About Manners
Goldilocks for Dinner: A Funny Book About Manners
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Annotation: Troll and Goblin set out to find the rudest child and have him or her for dinner.
Genre: [Humorous fiction]
Catalog Number: #6564130
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Parker, Jake,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-399-55235-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-399-55235-9
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017024604
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Mind your manners? Don't mind if they do!Having lost the ickiness contest in Who's the Grossest of Them All? (2016), buddies Troll and Goblin have now abandoned entirely any desire to be disgusting themselves. Instead, they've turned their attention toward children, those "wretched" little beasts that they consider uniformly rude. Concocting a plan, the two decide to find the rudest child and have it for dinner. Turns out, this is more difficult than planned. Mistress Mary is just contrary, and Simple Simon merely gross. However, when the two hear about Goldilocks, they know they've found the kid they want for dinner. The twist at the end is that old chestnut in which the two seeming baddies want to have Goldilocks over for dinner so they can teach her good table manners (never mind that of all her breaches of etiquette, Goldilocks' behavior during mealtime is hardly her greatest sin). The cartoony illustrations are rendered in ink with digital colors, and the incorporation of Sunday-funnies-style Ben Day dots into them is certainly striking. Caregivers misled by the subtitle may expect more manners tutelage than the book delivers. As a story of baddies thwarted, but not for the reasons you'd expect, it's passable. As a manners book, don't expect the Emily Post seal of approval. All humans in the story are pictured as white.Mannered, yes. Containing advice on manners? Not so much. (Picture book. 3-6)
Publishers Weekly
Montanari and Parker reprise the characters from Who-s the Grossest of Them All? and wrap up with another twist ending. Commiserating over the -wretched- young human generation-s lack of manners, Goblin suggests to Troll that they -find the rudest child of all and have it for dinner!- Concealing their plan, they engage fairy tale favorites in conversation and coax a snotty Goldilocks to Goblin-s cottage, where it-s revealed-too late for Goldilocks, who flees when she thinks she hears that she-s on the menu-that the intention of having her dine with them was to teach her table manners. They-re -the key to proper behavior,- Goblin says as Troll removes one of the fancy place settings. The lighthearted premise is somewhat undone by the friends- intent to lure unsuspecting children home, but Parker-s cartoons have a genial oversize feel, with flat colors and halftone textures that feel like vintage Sunday comics. Ages 4-8. (July)

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Word Count: 733
Reading Level: 3.1
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.1 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 505083 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD540L
Guided Reading Level: N
Fountas & Pinnell: N

Classic fairy tales meet tongue-in-cheek humor in this hilarious read-aloud--illustrated by a #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator--about a goblin and a troll as they set out to find the rudest child of all and teach her some manners!

Goblin and Troll are headed to town for tea, hoping they don't run into any wretched children. Children are smelly and rude! Goblin has an idea: they'll find the rudest child of all and have it for dinner! Filled with a cast of familiar storytime characters like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, here's a fresh read-aloud with the feel of a classic fairy tale. Chock-full of rude characters and sly humor, and with a twist ending, this surprising story is sure to leave kids roaring with laughter.

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