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Goldilocks and Just the One Bear

Goldilocks and Just the One Bear

Author Leigh Hodgkinson
Illustrator Leigh Hodgkinson




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Many years have passed since Goldilocks caused chaos at the Bears’ house in the woods, but what happens when Little Bear as was 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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What the Critics Said

“Leigh Hodgkinson’s bright and stylish illustrations go happily over the top.”

– The Independent

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“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.”

– New York Times

“With Hodgkinson’s fetchingly retro midcentury modern illustrations matched by her brilliantly animated text, this is a triumph.”

– The Telegraph

“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.”

– The Scotsman

“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.”

Starred review

– Publishers Weekly

“You’ll be enchanted to find out what Baby Bear gets up to when he finds himself lost in the city.”

– The Independent

“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.”

– The Sunday Times

“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.”

– We Love This Book

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Chinese (simplified), Greek, Hebrew, Korean, Portuguese (SA), US English

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