Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox by Erin Dealey

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Goldie Locks has chicken pox;
from head to toe were polka dots....

When Goldie Locks spies her first spot, her mother knows it must be chicken pox. She immediately calls the Three Bears, apologizing for the chair, to see if Baby Bear has chicken pox, too. Soon, a steady stream of storybook favorites -- from Little Bo Peep to Henny Penny -- stop by to visit the bedridden child. All the while, Goldie Locks tries to ignore her brother's relentless teasing about her spotted exterior. But as more visitors arrive, her pox-free brother, in a fit of jealousy at the attention his sister is getting, intensifies his teasing, until suddenly all eyes are on him, but not for the reason he thinks...
 

About Erin Dealey

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Erin Dealey was inspired to write this story after her daughter's particularly itchy bout with chicken pox. She is an English and drama teacher who lives in Placerville, California, with her husband and her no-longer itchy daughter. Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox is her first picture book. Hanako Wakiyama has also suffered through the itchy torment of chicken pox. She is the illustrator of Too Big!, by Claire Masurel, and lives in San Francisco with her husband and young daughter.
 
Published February 1, 2002 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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Dealey has chosen to tell the story in verse, but the verse is amateurish, with too many awkward lines, at least one passage that is completely lacking rhythm and stocked with bland rhymes and several non-rhymes, like “dots/pox” and “six/itched.” Straightforward, breezy prose might have served th...

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According to PW , "This fond look at old-fashioned fairy tales and family-sitcom dynamics injects wry touches that let readers in on the joke."

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Nursery characters like Little Red regret that Goldilocks can't "come to Gram's" with her, while others tell her not to scratch the spots: " 'Leave them be,' agreed Bo Peep,/ Who happened by in search of sheep./ 'That's sound advice for chicken pox./ It doesn't work for wayward flocks.' " Dealey...

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