Palatini, Margie. The Three Silly Billies. Illustrated by Barry Moser. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2005.
Hello everyone! Yesterday I didn’t have a lot of spare time, so I didn’t post the review, but I did read the book. Anywho, here she goes.
Three goats approach a bridge, only to be stopped and asked to pay a toll by a grumpy little man. Unable to pay the toll, they wait near the bridge and are soon joined by three bears, a boy named Jack, and little red riding hood. The main characters are introduced right away. We are then presented the supporting characters through the story. The story has a very humorous and playful tone. There are remarks used that will put a smile on an adults face; It is nothing bad, just adult humor. There are sound words each time a new character is introduced that the reader can make the sounds. In addition to the story, there is also usage of money. The characters add money to equal a dollar each time a new one shows up. The illustrations are very simple. There is lots of white space usage. All of the illustrations are surrounded by white space which draws attention to the illustration. Even though the illustrations are simple, they are very detail oriented. Texture plays a great part in the illustrations. Dimension allows the listener to see the illustrations with a 3-d effect. The end pages are a royal blue. This story definitely screams problem solving. It allows children to observe what is going on, what will happen and hypothesis about what could be done to get the sought out result.