The Three Armadillies Tuff – Jackie Mims Hopkins, illustrated by S.G. Brooks


 The Three Armadillies Tuff – Jackie Mims Hopkins, illustrated by S.G. Brooks, Peachtree, (9781561452583), 2002

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre: Picture Book

What did you like about the book? This twist on the classic tale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff is filled with western flair.  Lilly, Jilly, and Dilly Tuff are three armadillo sisters who set off for a good time at the dance hall on the other side of the highway.  To avoid getting squashed they decide to travel through a drainpipe under the highway.  One at a time, starting with the smallest sister Lilly, they venture into the drainpipe and run into a hungry coyote.  Lilly escapes, promising the coyote that her bigger sister is coming and is a better choice for a meal.  Jilly, the fashionable sister, insists that the coyote would get a better meal, plus a pair of boots and a matching handbag by waiting for the biggest sister. When Dilly meets the scrawny and lonely coyote she tells her that what she needs is a girls night out.  The sisters and Tallula the coyote feast on a trash can meal and then head to the dance hall and have a “rip roaring good time!”  The illustrations, rendered in acrylic, gouache, colored pencil and ink, are done in dark, muted hues against pastel background borders and complement the tone of the tale.  This is a lively retelling.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?   No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of twisted folktales will enjoy this one.  Hand it to fans of the original classic.  

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 12/17/2020        

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