By Jed Alexander

Who belongs and who doesn't?

Do members of the same family all look the same? This wordless picture book plays with our assumptions about family. Is the little girl making food an uninvited guest, taking advantage of the bear family's open door? Or is she someone else entirely? Enjoy a cozy evening with the sweetest family you'll find between the pages of a book.

"A spin on Goldilocks, this wordless picture book challenges assumptions about what makes a family. A trio of bears leaves their townhome for a bike ride; while they are out, a girl enters and begins to make a meal—and a mess. When the bears return, they find their messy house guest asleep on the sofa, but is she really a guest at all? The black-and-white scenes are punctuated with gold to subtly direct the audience’s attention in this evocative take on the classic."

— Forword Reviews

"This is actually a book that I’m so excited about that I don’t really even want to talk about it today. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but at the same time I can’t really help it. This is such a gorgeous bit of wordless storytelling that it deserves to be seen widely. If it looks familiar, you may remember that author/illustrator Jed Alexander did a similarly reimagined picture book fairy tale with Red. This book is even better. Set in San Francisco, Alexander wields the color yellow with the greatest of care. Here’s what I wrote to myself about the book:

“Three bears set out on their bikes while a little girl in yellow beelines for their house. In this wordless play on the Goldilocks fable, prepare to have expectations of all sorts upset by a story that redefines what a family can be. Also prepare to be utterly charmed or, at the very least, subtly impressed. We see a lot of books that are skewed takes on Goldilocks (this very year we’ve already seen Bee Waeland’s The Three Bears and Goldilocks) and you kind of get a little sick of them after a while. This book upsets not simply storytime expectations but cultural expectations about who can and cannot be a family. I was pretty much immediately taken in by the San Franciscan setting and the fact that the bears’ bike helmets are so ridiculously small on their huge heads. Then you get to the beautiful use of the color yellow throughout. And of course the mess Goldilocks makes could be attributed to a child trying to “help”. Completely, utterly, wonderful (and wordless!)."

— School Library Journal




32pp, color

10in x 7in

4 to 8
September 2022







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