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Goldilocks and the Three Bears [Paperback]

Lauren Child , Emily Jenkins
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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4 Jun 2009
When Goldilocks discovers an intriguing wooden cottage deep in the forest she just can't resist peeping inside. Now why would there be one, two, three of everything . . . Lauren Child brings her trademark innovative approach to this wonderfully warm and witty retelling of the classic cautionary tale in a second collaboration with award-winning photographer Polly Borland. The cast of characters are played by toys specially created for the book by a world-famous dollmaker. They inhabit an enchanting miniature world created by theatre designer Emily Jenkins. The cottage is doll-sized with real turf grown for the roof. The exquisite furniture including the bear's beds, chairs, porridge bowls and tiny spoons are all carved and painted by hand. Polly's original photography brings this extraordinary picture book startlingly to life. Now in paperback.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (4 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141501251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141501253
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 23.3 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lauren Child grew up in Marlborough, Wiltshire. She is the middle of three sisters and both her parents are teachers. She has had a variety of jobs from waitressing to designing exotic, elegant lampshades and working as an artist's assistant to Damien Hirst.

Lauren Child is considered one of the most talented children's book author/illustrators working today and has won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the Nestle Gold Book Award for That Pesky Rat and the Nestle Bronze Book Award for Beware of the Storybook Wolves. Utterly Me, Clarice Bean, Lauren's first fiction title, was a runaway success all over the world. Lauren has now sold over 3 million books in 19 countries across the globe.

Notable events in Lauren's career include selection for Quentin Blake's Magic Pencil Exhibition (British Library) in 2005; the Charlie and Lola TV series winning a BAFTA in 2007; In 2008 Lauren was appointed Artist for Peace by UNESCO and has been spearheading a project to raise money for UNESCO's Programme for the Education of Children in Need, called My Life is a Story. All profits from the sale of a special edition of That Pesky Rat will go to UNESCO. A retrospective of Lauren's work starting at the Manchester Art gallery toured the country from 2008 to 2010.

Lauren loves designing and making things and finds it exciting to see her drawings turned into objects. Other favourite things include the cinema, TV matinees, small Italian cars, handbags, cardigans, travelling and being picked up from the airport.

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Review

On The Princess and the Pea:'The picture book of the year' – Observer'A thing of beauty' – Sunday Telegraph'Glorious and enticing' – Sunday Times

The originality of Polly Borland's photographic personality is quite overwhelming (National Portrait Gallery )

Lauren Child is so good it's exhilarating (Independent ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Lauren Child, winner of the Nestlé Smarties Book prize and Kate Greenaway medal, is one of today's most talented picture-book creators. Polly Borland, fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, is an internationally acclaimed photographer who has captured the Queen, politicians and popstars. Emily Jenkins is a theatre designer who has worked extensively in film, TV and West End and Broadway theatre.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 2 Sep 2008
By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I first discovered Lauren Child when my oldest child, now 11, fell in love with the original Charlie and Lola books. Since then I have never been disappointed with her work and this is no exception. My 2 younger children sat in spellbound silence while I read this to them yesterday. It is a magical book, with stunning artwork and a story that has to be the best re-telling of this fairy tale I have read. I would recommend it for any child between 2 and 7 years and is sure to become a treasure you will return to over and over again. It seems to me that Lauren Child is sensible enough to keep a great deal of control over her work. The television adaptation of Charlie and Lola was a great success. Other very good childrens books, most notably Horrid Henry, did not seem to have the same kind of effort put into them. However, Lauren Child is certainly correct to be very wary of what she puts her name to and the high quality of her work makes it a pleasure for the adult as well as the child. She has certainly involved my children in a love of books for which I am very thankful and I would advise everyone to purchase this book today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely traditional story, with a twist .. 29 Mar 2010
By Debbie VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I love this book. It follows the traditional story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears but the twist is she has new red shoes that she leaves behind at the end when she runs out of the house.

The book using real dolls to create the various scenes giving the whole book a magical feel. It really makes the children feel they could have a go at playing out the story using their own dolls and teddies. Lots of attention to detail and as a parent I really appreciated the effort that had gone into creating the three bears cottage.

I think the photography and quirkyness of this book give make it a winner and would definately look out for other books done this way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lauren Child enlivens a time honoured classic. 2 May 2012
Format:Hardcover
Selected as the May, 2012 Book Pick on the Mums Write! website!!

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In retelling "Goldilocks and the Three Bears", Lauren Child remains faithful to the original story line, but uses the cheeky, arch tone we expect from the creator of the Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean series.

Since fairy tales are rooted in an oral tradition, I think it's fair game for a modern writer to stamp a bedtime favourite with her original narrative voice. Further, Child's accessible, conversational style highlights the ongoing relevance of this classic story.

No museum piece, Goldilocks, like other fairy tales, addresses anxieties and aspirations of central relevance to modern children. My son adopted Child's version of Goldilocks as his personal talisman in the run-up to New Baby. As we readied our house for the arrival of said Dubious Intruder, my son would enact the role of Baby Bear to reassure himself of our ongoing protection.

Child's sharp, yet faithful text partners beautifully with striking, detailed stills by set designer Emily Jenkins and photographer, Polly Borland. Like the text, the artwork is faithful to the original storyline. The bears inhabit a rustic log cabin, complete with beehives- not a Conran-style city pad--and porridge is cooked on an Aga that pre-dates Quaker's Oat so Simple range. But the sharp digital prints, and occasional modern touches - such as Baby Bear's toy alien and car - suit Child's contemporary tone. No sepia or soft focus allowed.

Here's looking forward to further collaborations by this high octane team.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lauren Child enlivens a time honoured classic. 2 May 2012
Format:Paperback
Selected as the May, 2012 Book Pick on the Mums Write! website!!

Extract from the review:
In retelling "Goldilocks and the Three Bears", Lauren Child remains faithful to the original story line, but uses the cheeky, arch tone we expect from the creator of the Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean series.

Since fairy tales are rooted in an oral tradition, I think it's fair game for a modern writer to stamp a bedtime favourite with her original narrative voice. Further, Child's accessible, conversational style highlights the ongoing relevance of this classic story.

No museum piece, Goldilocks, like other fairy tales, addresses anxieties and aspirations of central relevance to modern children. My son adopted Child's version of Goldilocks as his personal talisman in the run-up to New Baby. As we readied our house for the arrival of said Dubious Intruder, my son would enact the role of Baby Bear to reassure himself of our ongoing protection.

Child's sharp, yet faithful text partners beautifully with striking, detailed stills by set designer Emily Jenkins and photographer, Polly Borland. Like the text, the artwork is faithful to the original storyline. The bears inhabit a rustic log cabin, complete with beehives- not a Conran-style city pad--and porridge is cooked on an Aga that pre-dates Quaker's Oat so Simple range. But the sharp digital prints, and occasional modern touches - such as Baby Bear's toy alien and car - suit Child's contemporary tone. No sepia or soft focus allowed.

Here's looking forward to further collaborations by this high octane team.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend 10 April 2014
By Glasgow
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Good book, recommend. Big pictures make it easy for child to follow the story. My daughter is around 20 months when we purchased.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Creepy
This book is kind of creepy. It looks like dead stuffed animals put in ridiculous poses. It reminded me of that film where the guy makes scenes with dead stuffed mice! Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Mad Ferret Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Goldilocks and the 3 bears
My granddaughter aged 3 is very keen on bears and she loves it, its her first choice bedtime story, thats gets 5 stars from me. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mr robert irvine
4.0 out of 5 stars Different
I bought this book because I enjoy reading the Lauren Child books to my granddaughter, this book is different, no drawings but photographs of a rustic cottage in the middle of the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by V. White
5.0 out of 5 stars My second purchase of this book
I own the hardback. This book was a gift for my sister (in her 30's) It was to inspire her photography of her Blythe doll! (Big heads, small bodies, collectables) She loves it! Read more
Published 17 months ago by jopsy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Lauren child's books are always a pleasure for the reader and listener. Beautiful illustrations make this books a present worth givming
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. Nicola Costa
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
This is a really gorgeous book - sure to become a family favourite that will be read to my grandchildren!! different style to charlie and lola but still fab! Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2011 by bossyboots
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly wonderful
I wasn't sure that my 5 year old would like a simple story like goldilocks, despite the fact that Lauren Child had written it. Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2010 by Mr. And Mrs Mcclary
3.0 out of 5 stars creepy pictures
My daughter loved the story but while I loved this modern take on a classic story I found the illustrations a bit creepy. Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2009 by E. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Books to Treasure
I bought this book after looking at quite a few versions of this classic and am so glad that I bought this one. Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2009 by Rachel OK
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