Picture Book Review: The Three Silly Billies, by Margie Palatini and Barry Moser (Illustrator)


“Hold your
horsepower,” said the little man with a stamp, a stomp, and a snort.
“This is a troll bridge. I’m the Troll. Now, start passing the buck.”

Bill Bob, Billy Bo, and Just Plain Billy don’t have enough money to
cross the troll bridge. But by pooling their pennies with the Three
Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack, the Three SIlly Billies are
able to pay the toll and cross the deep river in jolly good style. And
there’s a whopping surprise in store for the Troll!

As in Earthquack!, Margie Palatini and Barry Moser combine their talents to create an inventive new version of a favorite folktale.


This was imaginative and creative, but my kids liked it far more than I did.  It was a combination of several different fairy tales all rolled into one.  It was interesting and entertaining at least. 

The Illustrations: I liked the illustrations quite a bit.  For the most part, the artwork enhanced the story and made it entertaining.  It also worked well with the words to explain some of the parts that were a little vague or hard for kids to understand.

Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 31, 2005)

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    December 10, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Is the favorite folktale Three Billy Goats Gruff?

  • Reply
    December 10, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    It is a combination of several different folktales. It was pretty clever.

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