THE THREE BEARS SORT OF 2013
Written by Yvonne Morrison
Illustrated by Donovan Bixley
215 x 265mm (portrait), 32 pages
OVERALL CHILDREN'S CHOICE. NZ Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2014.
CHILDREN'S CHOICE. Western Australian Young Readers Book Awards 2014.
If you think you know the story of Goldilocks and the
Three Bears then you better think again. I’m sure
you’ve never had a child pointing out the loop holes
in the story as you read it before. This is exactly
what happens in Yvonne Morrison and Donovan
Bixley’s new take on the story, The Three Bears (Sort of).
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The Three Bears (Sort of) is an entertaining and unique
retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears that adults
will enjoy as much as children. Yvonne Morrison’s text
will have you in stitches! It’s full of sarcasm that adults
especially will love and she’s captured the voice of an
inquisitive toddler and the mother (who’s making it up
as she goes along) perfectly. Donovan Bixley’s illustrations
are absolutely wonderful and really match the humour of the
story and the way it’s being told. The hands of the mother
and son can be seen on some of the pages, as they draw or add
pictures into the story. Donovan’s Goldilocks looks both cute
and bratty, and I love the facial expressions of the bears.
I think Donovan is New Zealand’s own Anthony Browne,
because of the way he adds extra details into his illustrations
that add another layer to the story. On the very first page,
above the publication details, there are some interesting
objects on the mantelpiece, including soft toy bears, a card
for a locksmith, and a postcard from Svalbard. You’ll also
notice the tree patterns on the wallpaper. I also really love
the way that Donovan has designed the book, with the son’s
interruptions inside a box on the page and in a different,
childish font. This makes it clear to see when the son is
talking and when the mother is talking.
It’s perfect for reading aloud one-on-one or with a large group,
and it’s ideal for acting out.
5 out of 5 stars