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The Three Billy Goats Gruff [Hardcover]

Stephen Carpenter
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3 Oct 1998
This classic story is a favorite with toddlers, who will cheer on the three clever billy goats who outsmart a mean troll. With plenty of repetition, this adventure is perfect for reading aloud and for joining in, and a satisfying ending provides a reassuring touch.

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  • Hardcover: 20 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd (3 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694010332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694010332
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 22.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once upon a time, there were three billy goats, and the name of all three billy goats was "Gruff." Read the first page
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I would recommend to everyone-young and old. Children love the repeated refrains and a good resource to teach ordering in sizes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Stephen Carpenter version is outstanding for little ones 30 Mar 2000
By M. Henry - Published on Amazon.com
Many of the reviews listed here are for other versions of this story. I have checked out all seven versions of Three Billy Goats Grufff available from our library just to see which was best for a three year old. This one by Stephen Carpenter has large, clever, uncluttered pictures and tells the story in simple language. The troll is not too scary and, all in all, this one seems just right for little ones. Another version, the elaborately illustrated one by Janet Stevens, uses a colorful, imaginative vocabulary and would have more appeal to adults and older children (5 or 6 and up?).
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Which 3BBG version? This one--without question, hands down 23 May 2005
By Jill Minor - Published on Amazon.com
Here's the one, parents and grandparents. Stephen Carpenter's son Tad had loved this story so much that Carpenter decided to write his own version--and am I glad he did! This is one of my four-year-old's daily requests, and my 13-year-old will still scoop it up for a chuckle from time to time. What makes this particular edition so great?

1. Big, fun illustrations. The goats are different sizes/colors. The troll is green, knobby, and hairy.

2. A troll who is just scary enough for a little menace (the littlest goat gruff appears once in his shadow) but is still kind of cute, and very comical when he takes that famous drink.

3. The cadence and style of the writing is just perfect for doing different voices for the troll and three goats, just like my mom used to do. The first time she tried it with this book, she remarked, "This is a really good version."

4. The encounter between the biggest billy goat and the troll is simply thrilling--this is one tough, unintimidated billy goat!

4. The last page is fantastic. The goats are grazing in a veritable Eden with smiles of satisfaction, and the troll is hilariously peeking out of the water down next to the bridge.

5. The old-fashioned ending--"snip snap snout, this tale's told out."

This family of seven could not love this book any more. I would not change a single line of the illustrations or a single syllable of the text. A beaut.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When My mother Read it to us 16 Dec 2002
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I chose The Threee Billy Goats Gruff by Stephen Carpenter because it was my Mom's favorite story book growing up. The day I brought it home she sat down and read it to me and my sister. My favorite characters are the three billy goats because there funny and can play tricks on the troll. The troll was foolish to let the small and middle size billy goats go across the bridge, and then have to fight with the big billy goat. He ended up falling off the bridge and all three billy goats enjoyed the grass on the other side of the bridge. Now they will be able to come and go whenever they want. There is a lesson to be learned in this book. Don't let someone influence you by saying that something is bigger and better if you wait for awhile. Overall the book is alot of fun to read. I would definitely share this story with my children.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Child's Favorite 10 Oct 2005
By Corbin - Published on Amazon.com
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My 21 month old son loves the story of the Billy Goats Gruff, at first we used to make up the story from what we remembered about it, but now with this book he can follow along and point at the troll hiding under the bridge. It gets may requests. The pictures are great and the story flows quickly enough to keep his interest. I like the ending. Snip Snap Snout, this reviews wrote out.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun book... 8 Aug 2004
By SDGirl - Published on Amazon.com
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My family loves this story, we all get involved when this one is read (dad plays the part of the troll). My two boys (6 and 3) have enjoyed this book for years and still ask for us to read it to them (of course my six year old is now reading it to his little brother). Have purchased it for friends/family, highly recommend this fun book.
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