Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears

Goldi Rocks and the Three BearsTitle: Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears

Author: Corey Rosen Schwartz and Beth Coulton
Illustrator: Nate Wragg
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’ Sons, 2014
Book Type: Fiction
Ages: 4-8
Themes: Fractured Fairy Tale, Music

Opening Lines:
“Once upon a rock-and roll time,
three bears in a band jammed with ease.
The Papa Bear drummed,
the Mama Bear strummed,
and Baby bear ticked the keys.”

Synopsis (from Amazon website):

Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear know how to rock! But they need a new singer, so they audition everyone—the Three Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and more. To their dismay, no one seems just right. Could the perfect lead singer be the mysterious girl sleeping on Baby Bear’s keyboard?


Have kids make their own musical instruments, guitar, bells and drums, and more. Then have a jam session.
Lesson plan on writing fractured fairy tales for 3rd-5th grades.

Why I Like This Book:

Goldilocks and the Three Bears has to be the most popular story to do a fractured fairy tale. I’m not sure why but this rhyming version by Ms. Schwartz rockets to the top of the charts for sheer originality and fun. The rhythm and pop feel of this rendition will engage today’s kids and their American Idol watching parents. This book is a pure read-aloud joy that is enhanced by the colorful pencil and digital illustrations.


Picture Book Writers: Check-out this wonderful post by Ms. Schwartz at the Writerly Wisdom blog where she discusses Rhyme and Meter in Goldi rock style!

One lucky winner will receive their choice of a signed copy of this book OR a free picture book critique from Ms. Schwartz. In the comments answer “What favorite pop song do you like to sing or bee-bop too?” Deadline to enter is February 20th 9pm PST.

My favorite song to rock out on these days is “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities.

This review is part of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.

Disclosure: I received a F&G (fold and gather, not bound) copy of this story from the author. This review nevertheless reflects my own and honest opinion about the book.

48 Responses to “Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears”

  1. What a great post! So many pop songs to choose but I would say, “Crazy,” “Bright Lights Big City”, “I Want To Dance With Somebody,” “I Feel The Earth Move,” “Billie Jean” and more. This looks like a great book to share with my grandchildren and piano students… thanks!

  2. Another Corey Rosen Schwartz masterpiece! Thank you for adding it to our list, Darshana! Love the rhyme, the pictures, and the story!

  3. I just heard about this book and really want to read it. Love fratured fairy tales. The illustrations look beautiful!

  4. It’s an old pop song, but I sing along every time I hear it, “Wake Me Up (Before you Go Go!)” by Wham. Don’t judge me.

  5. When I was Goldi’s age it was all about Elvis Presley for me so I’ll have to go with ‘Jailhouse Rock’. I love Corey Rosen Schwartz’s ‘Three Ninja Pigs’. This sounds like another winner! Thanks for the giveaway.

    • I love Three Ninja Pigs too. I consider Corey to be the Queen of rhyming fractured fairy tale books. She has another book coming out this summer, Ninja Red Riding Hood.

  6. I feel silly saying this but one of the songs I bee bop to is “I’m Sexy and I Know It.” It’s a song on my Ipod that I run to because of the upbeat pace of the song.

  7. OH my… my favorite song to blast and sing out to right now has to be, “Royal” by Lorde… but Sue Fleiss version is pretty good too. 😉
    Congratulations Corey!!!

  8. I can resist a lot of songs but LMFAO’s Party Rock still gets me out of my chair. (Too bad no one seems to appreciate MY sing along!). Great post, Darshana and Corey. 🙂

  9. My DD is rehearsing a Beatles medley for her chorus group, so at the moment we are be-bopping to “Yellow Submarine” and inventing our own crazy lyrics.

    Congratulations Corey on another rhyme masterpiece!

  10. Looking very much forward to reading this one!

  11. What a great giveaway – thank you 🙂
    I like to bop to most Abba songs, Waterloo being a favourite.

  12. It’s not possible to pick ONE song–yikes! But I’ll go with an oldie goldie: I Will Survive. (Sort of a theme song for writers, right?) 🙂

  13. I love to sing to two older books. Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles and The Year of the Cat. My students would love this book!

  14. I cannot wait to read this book! I love You Can’t Stop the Beat from the musical, Hairspray! Great post, Darshana and Corey!

  15. My family cringes when I blast tunes and sing along with a Carole King – James Taylor CD while house cleaning. “You’ve Got a Friend” may be my fav.

  16. Anything by the Bee Gees but I especially love Night Fever! Can you say a disco ball?

  17. I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but the Gleek in me likes to vacuum to Pink’s “Raise Your Glass.”

  18. This book was the perfect Valentine’s gift for mt niece! Such fun! As for rocking songs…have been liking Royal this week…

  19. I have to roll down my car windows and turn the music up loud, when I hear LYNYRD SKYNYRD – Sweet Home Alabama!

  20. What a fun fractured fairy tale!!

  21. Favorite pop song to bop too is anything by Katy Perry.

  22. I love the concept of this book and I can’t wait to read it! It’s fun reading everyone’s favorite songs, too. This would make a great playlist! My favorite recent song (it’s poppy in an old-school way) is Stranger to My Happiness by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Favorite classic song to dance to is Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough by MJ.

  23. Love fractured fairy tales!! Can’t wait to read it!
    Love anything by Maroon 5!!! 😉

  24. Love the book! I just read it this weekend and it’s all kinds of fun! And I love that Corey and Beth collaborated. That whole collaboration thing is very intriguing to me.

  25. right now I’m enjoying rocking out to “I love it” (aka I don’t care) with my girls. Listening to my 3 year old sing it just makes me laugh. I’ve heard about this book and would love to get my hands on it as we love fairy tales, fractured or not.

  26. Thanks! So much fun seeing everyone’s song choices!

  27. We are doing a lot of singing and dancing to the Frozen soundtrack right now!

  28. Once I hear “What Does the Fox Say?”, it won’t leave my head. But my choice would be “The Lazy Song”

  29. Can’t wait to read it!
    I Bop around to Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel”…I’m dancing in my seat now!😎

  30. The song in my mind is “On Top of the World.” Of course that may be because I went to an Imagine Dragons concert last night. 🙂

    We just got Goldi Rocks from the library and I LOVE IT! It’s one of those books you finish and immediately flip back to the beginning to read again.

  31. What a cute book! Too many great songs to bop too! The last one we were dancing around and singing was “I Love Rock and Roll”

  32. I’ve been wanting this book since I first heard about it, ages ago! Yay, Corey and Beth! My favorite pop song to sing (when I’m alone!) is “Take On Me” by Aha.

  33. I can’t wait to read it! We love Three Ninja Pigs. 😀 Love Safe and Sound!! Also love Wake Me Up by Avicii.

  34. I loved this post, and Corey’s books are on my TBB list (To Be Bought) list hurrahhh. I also loved the post you linked where Corey gave some advice on meter. It just so happens, I have a little picture book manuscript in Rhyme that I would love Corey’s eye’s on, so count me in he he. I am not ashamed to say that lately little G and I have been rocking out to Taylor Swifts, “Today Was A Fairytale” , very apt don’t you think. Thanks so much for linking in to the Kid Lit Blog hop and best wishes to everyone entering.

  35. Thanks for this- so helpful! After watching Frozen 4 times with my 4 young nieces and The Lego Movie with my sons, “Let it Go” and “Everything is Awesome” keeps coming out!

  36. Thanks so much for linking this giveaway into the Kid Lit Blog Hop! We love Goldilocks and retell the story almost daily, so I’m sure Max would love this picture book. I love to seat-dance in my car to anything Taylor Swift, just like Julie. My favorite is “Red”. When Max is in the car, we’re more likely to be listening to Justin Roberts, a singer of children’s songs who my sister introduced us to. He loves it!
    Thanks again!

  37. Thanks everybody for commenting. Hope you all get a chance to read Goldi Rocks. It was fun seeing everyone’s song choices! The winner of the giveaway is Wendy Greenley!

  38. The artwork is so cute! I love fractured fairy tales.. am off to find this one at the library. Thanks for sharing it on KidLit BlogHop

  39. Thanks so much for sharing this great fractured fairy tale at the Kid Lit Blog Hop Darshana! It looks wonderful!!

  40. How fun! I loved fractured fairy tales. Thanks for sharing this on the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  41. I’ve not seen this one before. What a fun book! Cheryl, Hop Hostess


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