The Three Billy Goats Buenos, by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Miguel Ordóñez


      The Three Billy Goats Buenos, by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Miguel Ordóñez, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399547409 (ebook), 9780399547393 (hardcover), 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Fairy tale

What did you like about the book? This modern twist of a beloved classic is sure to please. The three little cabritos have a clever plan to get past the grumpiest troll in the land, and they begin to wonder why the gigante is so grumpy. The front pages display a colorful glossary that details all of the important Spanish vocabulary that is sprinkled throughout the bilingual text, although it may be fun to just try to decipher the meanings based on context clues alone. The goats try to outwit the troll and convince her into letting them cross the river and, until the last troll approaches, they are unsuccessful in their endeavor. In a lovely twist of kindness and empathy, the final troll takes the time to discover that the troll is in pain and has an injured foot. With some ingenuity and compassion, the goats are able to help the troll in her time of need. It’s a lovely ending with the amigos sharing a big group hug!

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Anyone who enjoys a classic tale with a modern twist.

Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: 8/23/2020

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