The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Paul Galdone
2005 (reprint)

We are HUGE fans of Galdone’s folk tales around here; I’ve highlighted his Gingerbread Boy before. Thankfully, some of his best folk tales are being reissued with newer covers. Yea!!

The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Galdone style, is a wonderful telling of this classic folk tale. If you haven’t read this to a small group of young children, you’re missing out–they will reenact it over and over and over and over. You’re liable to hear repeats whenever you go under (or over) a bridge while out and about.

Galdone tells this tale with all the gore you’d expect from a good, classic folk tale. The troll is fully planning to eat these billy goats and the last billy goat does some damage to that mean ol’ troll. Kids need that kind of reconciling action at the end of a story like this. Let them enjoy it! Let good soundly trounce evil… even if that means the big billy goat defeating the troll.

New cover at top; old below.