Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

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I read today that if Santa Claus was really going to visit every home on Christmas Eve, he would have to drop down 526,085,400 chimneys!  According to the article, this would require Santa going to 22 million houses per hour. Kind of mind boggling, isn’t it?  And if he stopped to eat a cookie at every house, it would be harder to get up and down those chimneys so fast! 

I have an idea that might make Santa’s task a bit easier. I don’t know how many five-and six-year-olds there are in the United States, but I think he could give each of them a picture book and know when he returned to the North Pole that he had made every one of them smile.  Mo Willem’s Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs is one the most enjoyable picture books I’ve read. Funny and clever, this fractured fairy tale is perfect for group sharing or reading with older students writing their own versions of well known favorites.

“Once upon a time,” the story begins, “there were three dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur, and some other Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway.”  The cartoon-like illustrations are wonderful and there are so many fun details, including a Norwegian flag on the visiting dinosaur’s suitcase! 

A few other treats for book lovers….

William Alexander won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for his first novel, Goblin’s Secrets. I have to admit that I didn’t know about this middle grade fantasy until it was named as an NBA finalist. It will definitely be added to our school library, and I want to read it before March when a companion novel, Ghoulish Song, is published.

Gillian Flynn, the author of the bestselling adult novel Gone Girl, has agreed to write a young adult novel. This sounds promising, but no release date to mark on your calendar yet…

Finally, I was in a bookstore earlier today and saw these new covers of Cynthia Voigt’s classic series, the Tillerman Cycle. I’m inspired to re-read the books just because of the covers!

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