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The three silly girls Grubb
Hassett, John.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [2002]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 27 cm
In this revision of the familiar tale, "The Three Billy Goats Gruff, " three sisters manage to outwit Ugly-Boy Bobby who spends his time under the bridge they must cross on their way to school.
Reading Level:
AD 520 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 65856.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.7 1 Quiz: 34952 Guided reading level: K.
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Skippity-skip-skip. One after the other, three silly sisters skip over a bridge on their way to school. But before she can cross to safety, each sister must face Ugly-Boy Bobby, a bully who hides in a hole beneath the bridge. Ugly-Boy Bobby was "the kind of boy who ate bugs, tossed stones at cats, and drank from puddles--the muddier the better." But even a boy like Bobby hungers for something other than bugs and mud puddles from time to time. What he craves the most are jelly donuts, the very ones each sister carries in her lunch! Just when it seems that Ugly-Boy Bobby will stop at nothing to get those donuts, the biggest sister turns the tables on him with just one simple, little request . . .

Zany illustrations, full of fun details to discover, enliven this humorous take on the classic children's story, "The Three Billy Goats Gruff."

Author Notes

John and Ann Hassett have been collaborating on picture books for more than ten years. Their books are known for their quirky humor and lively illustrations. The Hassetts live and work in Maine, where their 'commute to work is short (upstairs, and first door on the right).'

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 1. In this remake of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," three silly sisters replace the goats and a mean-spirited boy takes over the bullying role of the troll. When the girls miss their school bus, they must cross the bridge under which Ugly-Boy Bobby lives. He threatens to take the littlest sister's lunch (one jelly doughnut), but she convinces him to wait for the medium-sized Grubb and her six jelly doughnuts. But then the middle Grubb sister tells Ugly-Boy Bobby that her extra-large sister has a whole dozen. In an effort to frighten the biggest Grubb, he climbs onto the bridge and has quite a fit. Grinning, the girl tells him he can have the doughnuts, "But first I will plant a dozen mushy kisses on your little-boy nose," a threat which makes Bobby run off to school"--and he never missed school again." Despite the slightly weak ending, the storytelling is lively, highlighted by growling threats and clever tricks, and the comical double-page spreads match the nonsense. Extend the fun by comparing this with the original story. --Lauren Peterson

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Who needs billy goats and a troll? The Hassetts do just fine without those traditional characters as they infuse the popular folktale with some fresh faces and a zippy sense of fun," said PW. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-A clever, funny takeoff on the "Three Billy Goats Gruff." Three sisters who miss the bus to school must cross the bridge under which Ugly-Boy Bobby resides, eating bugs and wallowing in the mud. As they cross, "skippity-skip-skip," he demands their jelly donuts, but the first silly girl only has one, the second, just six. It is the third sister who has the most, of course, and the fun is in the solution. There's no violence here; the extra-large girl puckers up her extra-large-sized lips and says, "You may have my dozen jelly-donuts- But first I will plant a dozen mushy kisses on your little-boy nose." That gets him running, all the way to school, and he hasn't missed a day since. The book ends, "Spink! Spank! Spinach! This story is finished." The weird and rollicking illustrations add dimension to the text. Colors are muted, becoming more so as rain falls and the conflict builds amid the flat olive green of the hills and trees; there's playful invention, too, and the spreads have a sense of movement and energy. The characters are squat, almost clownlike, with round faces, beady eyes, and painted-on lips; poor Bobby is truly ugly. This title is grounded in tradition but makes a strong statement all its own.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.