Moldylocks and the Three Beards
Moldylocks and the Three Beards

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Annotation: After falling through the refrigerator into the Land of Fake Believe, Princess meets a girl named Moldylocks who takes her to the home of the Three Beards for chili, but when the Beards capture her friend, Princess must come up with a plan to save her.
Catalog Number: #84257
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 72 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-545-63839-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-82316-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-545-63839-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-82316-7
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2013027613
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Subject Heading:
Fairy tales.
Fairy tales.
Language: English
Horn Book
This series-opener is an absurdly silly story of Princess Pink, who falls through a refrigerator into the Land of Fake-Believe where she encounters Mother Moose (who rides a Tunacorn), befriends Moldy Locks, and frolics in the home of the Three Beards. The ridiculous tale unfolds in brief text, speech bubbles, and very brightly colored cartoons. Discussion questions are appended.
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Jones takes "The Three Bears" for a dizzy spin in this laff-riot series opener. Searching for a midnight snack, Princess (first name) Pink (last name) falls through a portal in her refrigerator. On the other side, she meets friendly Mother Moose (a bull moose), then follows green-haired Moldylocks to check out the chairs, bowls and beds of the Wookiee-like Three Beards. Later, having previously hacked an unwanted, pink, fairy-princess dress into a "Cowboy Caveman" outfit suitable for disguising herself as a fourth Beard, she intrepidly returns to save her new friend from being boiled in a vat of chili. Being cast against both genre type and publishers' convention, Princess likes "dirty sneakers, giant bugs, mud puddles, monster trucks, and cheesy pizza" far more than fairies, princesses or anything pink, and she also (for a wonder) has dark skin in the cartoon illustrations. The text is distributed in easily digestible blocks and dialogue balloons among simply drawn scenes of popeyed figures rushing hither and yon. Parents worried about this nonstop romp's literary value will surely be appeased by the page of review and discussion questions at the end. Fledgling readers will agree with Princess' bemused comment: "This Land of Fake-Believe is crazy-cakes!" (Fantasy. 6-8)
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Horn Book (8/1/14)
Word Count: 2,136
Reading Level: 3.1
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.1 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 165168 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.6 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q63297
Lexile: 570L
Guided Reading Level: L
Fountas & Pinnell: L

Noah Z. Jones turns well-known fairy tales upside-down in this humorous new series!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

In the Land of Fake Believe, Princess meets a strange girl named Moldylocks. When Princess's stomach grumbles, Moldylocks takes her to the home of the Three Beards. The girls sit in the Beards' chairs, eat their chili, and jump on their beds. The Three Beards are not happy when they get home--and they are very, very hungry! Will Moldylocks and Princess go into the chili pot? With easy-to-read text and engaging full-color artwork throughout, kids will be drawn right into this very funny land of fractured fairy tales!

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