My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The debut picture book from #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer
Once upon a time, there was a little girl who didn’t quite fit in. When she runs away, she happens upon a curvy tree who helps her understand the importance of being different! This picture book stands alone, but also plays an important role in the Land of Stories series–making this a must-have book for fans and new readers alike!
Beware spoilers ahead!
Edit: There are some errors in this review. Apparently the girl in this story is not Goldilocks but an unnamed character. Please ignore my rant about Goldilocks. Thanks to Alex on GR for pointing it out to me!
This is going to be a short review because there isn’t a lot I can about a picture book. When I first saw the title announced a year back I was so excited! I was hoping to read about The Enchantress/Ezmia or John Bailey the twins father with the curvy tree. Once the cover was released I was surprised to see Goldilocks with the curvy tree. Nonetheless I decided to read it.
The book starts off with Goldilocks crying and running away. She is not paying attention to her surroundings and eventually stops to cry on a tree. When she hears a voice she looks up to see the curvy tree. To her surprise the curvy tree starts speaking to her. She explains that some children were making fun of her and her glasses. The curvy tree then proceeds to explain her that he to was picked on when he was younger. Then one day some woodsmen came into the forest and cut down every tree but him. This was because they didn’t know what they could possibly make with a curvy tree. The fact that he was different actually saved him. Goldilocks then finds inspiration from this and becomes the character we know her as.
While I have never liked Goldilocks her character didn’t seem right in this story. For starters I’m pretty sure that she has never needed glasses. It wouldn’t really be easy to go on the run with glasses. I know that she is a kid in this book but she still doesn’t seem the type of person to be bothered with what people say about her. And she learnt to be brave from Hagetta not the curvy tree.
The pictures were lovely! While the characters weren’t drawn that well their surroundings were! I liked the curvy tree story of course. Overall this was a good book! I recommend it to fans of the series and fans of picture books.