Reviews for Goldilocks and the Three Martians
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Fall
Feeling constrained by a mom who checks homework and packs healthy lunches, Goldilocks builds a spaceship and travels to Mars. The rhymed text follows her as she visits the home of a Martian family and, of course, tries their food, chairs, and beds. Illustrated with what look like airbrushed images, the slight story may appeal to those who like fractured fairy tales. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2004 June #2
A rhyming twist of an old favorite designed to satisfy space lovers, too. Goldilocks has got it rough: her mom makes her clean her room, eat healthy food, stand up straight, and she even checks her homework every night. Fed up with all this treatment, she decides to build a rocket and find a planet where things are easier. But each of the seven unnamed planets she and her pets visit has its problems--one is way too hot, while another has too many storms--hint, hint. Rechecking the map, they head for Mars. Upon entering a Martian home, Goldilocks samples the stew, etc., etc. Meanwhile, the Martians discover her presence and gear up for a mouthwatering alien dinner. Her trusty pets save the day, carrying her off to the rocket, where they decide that they had it pretty good on Earth after all. Garland's unearthly illustrations will spark the imaginations of youngsters, helping to move along the often awkwardly rhythmic spoof. Additional even for fractured fairy-tale collections. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus 2004 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Reviews 2004 August
PreS-Gr 2-Using colorful computer graphics, Garland provides Jetsons-like illustrations for an outer-space revision of the adventures of the persnickety blond. Escaping persistent parental persecution, indolent Goldilocks somehow musters the energy to build a rocket to canvas the solar system looking for the just-right planet, taking along her dog and cat for company. She ends up on Mars and thoughtlessly samples the wares of an absent family until her pillaging tires her out, and the returning green creatures slither home to find her asleep. The rhyming text keeps the action moving and the language reads aloud smoothly. The three stuffed teddy bears Goldilocks carries with her are a nice touch and the aliens' antics (the sluglike, tentacle-eyed Martians go into a frenzy over the potential aliens-for-dinner treat) should garner a few giggles from children. This silly tale serves as an accessible example of story transmogrification for young readers and may inspire them to try coming up with their own fresh versions of old favorites.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.