January 31, 2013

Billy goats on the loose

The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a well-known story, told in many different ways. Below are three titles that are sure to please.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff
by Paul Galdone

The classic story of three goats who defeat an ugly troll to get to the green meadow across the bridge. Galdone's wonderfully expressive illustrations are oversized and bold. His goats almost leap off the pages, as does the hairy troll.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff
by Carole Bloch
illustrated by Shayle Bested

Set in Africa, these billy goats live on a veld and want to graze on the sweet grass on the koppie. They also walk on their hind legs, and wear hats, scarves, and dreadlocks. The lizard-like monster is green, fat, and wields a fork.

The Three Billygoats Gruff and Mean Calypso Joe
by Cathrene Valente Youngquist
illustrated by Kristin Sorra

The goats in this story are named Little Billygoat, Williegoat, and Captain Bill E. Goat. They live on a Caribbean island and have to contend with Calypso Joe, a mean troll with eyes as big as coconuts and flying seaweed hair. Told in lilting, Caribbean dialect, each goat has a distinctive trot and his own charming personality. As for Calypso Joe, he just needs to be taught some manners. A fun version of a good old tale.

N.B. Look for it in your local library.

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