Many years have passed since Goldilocks caused chaos at the Bears’ house in the woods, but what happens when Little Bear wanders out of his fairytale and into the big city where Goldilocks now lives?
Awarding-winning artist and animator Leigh Hodgkinson is the creator of this funny and clever fractured fairytale based on the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Goldilocks is now grown up with a family and a rather smart apartment, so how will she react to coming home and finding that a very lost bear has been scoffing porridge, breaking chairs and sleeping in beds? Will she be cross, or is finally time to make amends?
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Once upon a time, there was this bear.
One minute, he was lolloping about in the wood, all happy-go-lucky. The next minute, he hadn’t a crumb of a clue where he was. He was one COMPLETELY lost bear.
(Handy hint . . . next time, Bear, don’t daydream so and look where you are going.)
Kate B says:
I am so excited to be working with Leigh again . . . she is not only supersonically talented, original, witty, clever and brilliant (am I going on a bit?) but also any meeting with Leigh involves tons of tea, ginger biscuits and giggles and sometimes – if we are really lucky – her baby daughter aka: the happiest kid in the world. I’d like to think that Leigh and I have published some good books together (some of them have won awards, after all) so we both have high hopes for Goldilocks and Just the One Bear. And rightly so. I firmly believe children love a well-executed fractured fairytale, and Leigh’s story of what happens when the grown-up baby bear wanders out of his wood and into the big city by mistake will delight and amuse children and adults too. And Goldilocks finally gets to make amends for the havoc she wreaked all those years ago!
I like to tell stories from a jaunty angle. Lucky for me then to have found Nosy Crow . . . as so do they! To be working with Kate Burns again AND on a good project is double the fun.
I always wonder what happens to the characters in a story after you close the book. They don’t just disappear, do they? So that got me wondering about the little bear from the Goldilocks story. What would he be like when he grew up? And what would Goldilocks be like for that matter?
“Leigh Hodgkinson’s bright and stylish illustrations go happily over the top.”
“All ends well with an unexpected reunion between the bear and a certain blonde, so many years down the road. Hodgkinson’s drawings and helter-skelter text bear a resemblance to Lauren Child’s “Charlie and Lola” books, but this story’s happy ending is very much its own.”
“With Hodgkinson’s fetchingly retro midcentury modern illustrations matched by her brilliantly animated text, this is a triumph.”
“One of my favourite books of the year so far … a delightfully funny story with a brilliant twist. The stylish collages, expressive type faces and clever use of space on the page combine with text to produce a story to read again and again.”
“Who doesn’t love a reunion show? Hodgkinson brings together a legendary couple—Baby Bear and Goldilocks—via a clever story that offers few clues as to what the author is up to … Hodgkinson’s angular, naïf drawing style has just the right amount of satirical nudge.”
“You’ll be enchanted to find out what Baby Bear gets up to when he finds himself lost in the city.”
“Leigh Hodgkinson’s Goldilocks and Just the One Bear gives a novel twist to a familiar fairy tale as a lost bear causes mayhem in a city apartment, before the (human) family comes home. After the “somebody’s been…” routine, the mother turns out to be Goldilocks, now grown up, and the bear is the former Baby Bear. This happy reunion is remarkable for its witty, chatty update reminiscent of Lauren Child, with comical, detail-rich illustrations in vivid retro greens, oranges and pinks.”
“A modern twist on an age-old favourite fairytale … Leigh Hodgkinson has produced a fantastic book that sits alongside the original fairytale. Her passion for writing and unique illustrations have truly brought this tale into the twenty-first century. Bear is just adorable and will have children and adults wanting to read this story time and time again.”