Author: George Jonsen
Illustrator: John O’Brien
Publisher: Random House, 1977
Themes: monsters, trolls, fairy tales
Opening: Once upon a time there were thee billy goats named Gruff who lived together on a mountainside. There was not much to eat in their rocky pasture, but they could see a field of sweet green grass just across a deep valley.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Three traditional tales concerning successful attempts to outwit grumpy trolls: The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Trolls and the Pussy Cat, and The Stone Cheese.
I like this book because: Just for the pictures, to be quite honest! I was doing some research for the 2018 SCBWI narrative art award when I came across this book and am so glad I did! The art is fantastic and I could busy myself for hours on one spread! Just WOW!
Resources/Activities: chose a fairytale and illustrate one scene from it – or more! Act out the fairytales in class.
For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.