In picture books, absolutely brilliant writing will help me overlook simplistic illustrations. (The opposite is rarely true.) Apparently I’m not alone, because Mo Willems‘ smash hit picture book career has consisted of an entire collection of such books.
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs is another fantastically funny addition to Willems’ collection.
In this spin-off, the “poorly supervised” Goldilocks ignores all common sense and trespasses onto the Dinosaurs’ residence. There she scarfs down all three bowls of chocolate pudding regardless of their temperature because IT”S CHOCOLATE!!! (Personally, I’d do the same.) Eventually she grows suspicious of the noises outside the house that sound like dinosaurs (who want to eat her) and she escapes their trap just in time.
A few years ago a child asked Willems’ where he gets his inspiration to write such creative stories. He said, “I’m lucky. My motivation comes in the mail. It’s called bills!” Whatever the source, it’s working. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs is another great read aloud.