February 4, 2011
There's No Place Like Home
"I'm off to find a planet where everything's just right!"
As I've mentioned before, we love a wacky twist on a traditional tale, and Goldilocks and the Three Martians by Stu Smith doesn't disappoint. This zany take on the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears is one of our family's favorite books. I've lost count of how many times we've checked it out from the library!
Goldilocks is fed up with chores, homework, and her mom's strict rules, so one day she builds a rocket and prepares to set off on a quest to find a place where moms don't pack beets in your lunch, don't make you wash behind your ears, and actually let you eat on the couch! "She filled her tank with porridge, packed cookies just in case, took her cat and dog along...and blasted into space." Goldilocks and her pets scour the universe looking for a place that's just right. After traveling to each planet in the solar system and finding a flaw with each one, they finally settle on Mars. Upon landing, Goldilocks enters a quaint Martian house where she gobbles up a bowl of yummy Martian stew, rests her feet in a comfy Martian chair, and snuggles down for a nap in a cozy Martian bed. The Martian family returns home to find their house in disarray and soon discover Goldilocks sleeping in the baby Martian's bed. "Aliens for dinner! they all began to cheer." Sleepy Goldilocks awakens to find the Martian family "ogling her like a burger and some fries", but her cat and dog come to the rescue and the whole crew scrambles back to the rocket to make a narrow escape. The trio zooms back to Earth where they land with a crash. As Goldilocks hugs her worried mom, she realizes that maybe the planet Earth isn't so bad after all.
The vibrant computer-generated illustrations by Michael Garland bring life to the action-packed story. Unfortunately Goldilocks and the Three Martians is currently out of print, but we hope you will find it available at your local library. It is definitely worth the search!