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The Goldilocks Variations

A Pop-up Book

Allan Ahlberg, Jessica Ahlberg (Illustrator)


List Price: 17.99*
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A classic fairy tale is wittily retold by the celebrated Allan Ahlberg, with charming illustrations by his daughter, Jessica Ahlberg.

Everyone knows what happened when Goldilocks met the three bears. But when she encounters a whopping thirty-three bears, the strange-talking Bliim, or even three little pigs, the stories end a bit differently. Lift the flaps and pull the tabs to join Goldilocks in a hilarious series of adventures, as award-winning storyteller Allan Ahlberg and his daughter, Jessica, put their own stamp on the timeless tale.

Praise For The Goldilocks Variations: A Pop-up Book

The frequently distributed buns aren’t all that’s delicious in this exhilarating suite of variations on a classic.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Full of silly alien words, the tale begs to be read aloud. In other adventures, Goldilocks takes on 33 bears, the furniture (chair, bowl, and bed finally get starring roles), and a host of fairy-tale characters such as Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Pigs. Jessica Ahlberg’s fanciful watercolor and ink illustrations sprinkle the pages and are the perfect counterpoint to the text’s cheeky humor.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Interactive elements are cleverly integrated, and Jessica Ahlberg's prim watercolor cartoons and an overall elegant layout contrast delightfully with the stories' many comedic moments.
—Publishers Weekly

The verbal wit, the delicately limned pen and watercolor art with its plenitude of intriguing detail, and clever touches of paper engineering add up to a barrel of fun. Re-reading will ensue.
—Horn Book

Candlewick, 9780763662684, 40pp.

Publication Date: October 23, 2012

About the Author

Allan Ahlberg is the acclaimed author of numerous picture books, including Everybody Was a Baby Once, The Runaway Dinner, Previously, and The Pencil, all illustrated by Bruce Ingman, and the popular Jolly Postman series. He lives in England.

Jessica Ahlberg is the illustrator of Yucky Worms by Vivian French. She lives in England.