Ahlberg, Allan and Ahlberg, Jessica: Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the 33 Bears and the Bliim and the Furniture and Lots More Variations

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Ahlberg, Allan and Ahlberg, Jessica: Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the 33 Bears and the Bliim and the Furniture and Lots More Variations


Goodwin, Prue, School Librarian


Ahlberg, Allan and Ahlberg, Jessica

Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the 33 Bears and the Bliim and the Furniture and Lots More Variations

Walker, 2012, pp28 + popups/novelties/small pocketed book, 12.99 [pounds sterling] 978 1 4063 3005 2

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Twenty-six years after The Jolly Postman, the work that marked a revolution in children's books and established the Ahlbergs as picturebook superstars, Allan Ahlberg has done it again. This time, sadly, without Janet--but with daughter, Jessica, as collaborator and illustrator. With that pedigree, it is hard for me to imagine anything but the very best of literary and visual outcomes--and I was not disappointed. In Goldilocks we have a magnificently illustrated, physically interactive, post-post-modernist text to which one could apply almost any literary theoretical analysis one wished. But forget all that--the principal response to Goldilocks et al. should be one of pure enjoyment.

A description of the 'plot' would spoil the fun of discovery for readers, so this brief outline only hints at the experience of reading this book. We are now very familiar with intertextual reference in children's books but Ahlberg takes it to new heights. …

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