Synopses & Reviews
When Gruff, Ruff, and Tuff, bully their way across a bridge and into a meadow -- teasing a kind ogre and butting small animals along the way. The ogre, frustrated that being friendly and polite didn't work, hatches a plan to teach the "bully" goats a lesson. This twist on "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" is a great read-aloud (and discussion starter) will have kids laughing in the aisles.
"That's right, it's bully goats a smart and timely idea for breathing new life into a classic. This time, the hero is the 'really nice' guy under the bridge: Little Ogre, who's Shrek green, sports a purple Mohawk, and is 'friends with everybody.' He knows he's no match for Gruff, Ruff, and Tuff goats so nasty that after crossing the bridge and entering the meadow, they proceed to trample wildflowers and head-butt baby animals. Like anyone afflicted by bullying, Little Ogre feels powerless until he remembers the baby skunks who live in the tallest, sweetest grass. Terry's (The Three Little Gators) rendering style, which look like a cross between airbrushing and pastel work, can feel too controlled and well-groomed for this tongue-in-cheek retelling; while the persecuted baby animals are funny, and the final image has a triumphant cuteness, Little Ogre only registers the broadest emotions. Kimmelman (The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah) nods to her source material with a 'trip trap' refrain and other rhythmic elements, but most of the fun comes from seeing a fairy tale's tables turned and turned again. Ages 4 8. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
In a twist on the "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," three mean goats threaten and intimidate a shy, kind troll who lives under a bridge, until the troll finds a way to stop them.