Three Billygoats Gruff and Mean Calypso Joe by Cathrene Vale Youngquist

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In this bright and breezy retelling of the Brothers Grimm storytime favorite, the three Billygoats Gruff find themselves yearning for the delectable treats on the other side of their island. However, to get there, they first must cross a bridge...a bridge guarded by Calypso Joe, the self-proclaimed "meanest troll dis part of de island." Joe demands a toll from the goats, warning of a "big problem" if it isn?t paid. But Joe soon learns that he?s the one with the "big problem" -- in the form of a goat twice his size.

Told in a lilting Caribbean dialect so lush, you can practically feel the warm island breezes.

 

About Cathrene Vale Youngquist

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Cathrene Valente Youngquist teaches creative arts, music, and movement, and holds a B.S. in elementary education. She is originally from Venezuela, and now spends her time between Connecticut and Anguilla, British West Indies, with her daughter. This is her picture-book debut.
 
Published October 1, 2002 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With island accents for the goats and troll and the help of Sorra’s bright, Philippines-inspired acrylic colors, the story takes on the sun-drenched, water-surrounded rhythm of the verdant West Indies (sorry, no sandy beaches, just luscious grass and wavy water).

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As each goat tries to cross, the fellow roars, "I am Calypso Joe,/ de meanest troll dis part of de island./ Nobody cross dis bridge, but first he pay de toll!"

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