The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The MOMENTOUS debut of a groundbreaking Fairy Tale series -- a brilliantly crafted, hilarious twist on this beloved classic, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, from renowned, award-winning, and New York Times bestselling duo and picture book pioneers Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen!


Once there was a bridge and a terrible and VERY hungry troll lived underneath it. When the three Billy Goats Gruff decide to clip-clop across the bridge to get to the grassy ridge, the troll is already imagining all the way to prepare a delicious goat dinner. But the troll underestimates those seemingly sweet but oh-so-savvy goats! This is the first in a groundbreaking new collection of fractured fairy tales crafted by one of today's most celebrated and acclaimed authors, Mac Barnett, and brought to stunning visual life by award-winning and beloved creator of I Want My Hat Back, Jon Klassen.


Told with pitch perfect timing and pacing, hilarious detail, and Barnett's signature narrator voice, this is Billy Goats Gruff as never before. High-stakes page turns will have readers on the edge of their seats and giggling along, as they join each goat and anticipate the arrival of the hungry and terrible troll living under the bridge. With Klassen's brilliantly restrained scenes, arresting characters, and celebrated artistic style, this first of three fairy tales is destined to be a true publishing event!


With a multitude of Caldecott Medals, Honors, international awards, and New York Times bestsellers to their names both independently and in collaboration, this is a creative pairing that is electric. So get ready to experience picture book magic... all you have to do is cross the bridge!

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Mac Barnett is a bestselling author of children’s books including the New York Times bestseller The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse; the Caldecott Honor Book and E.B. White Read Aloud Award–winner Sam and Dave Dig a Hole; the Shape trilogy (Triangle, Circle, and Square); and the Caldecott Honor Book and Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner ExtraYarn, all four illustrated by Jon Klassen. Mac lives in Oakland, California.


Jon Klassen is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of several books, including I Want My Hat Back; This Is Not My Hat (for which he won the Caldecott Medal); The Rock From the Sky; and the New York Times bestseller Pax and Pax, Journey Home. Two of his picture books — both written by Mac Barnett — have been named Caldecott Honor Books: Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, and Extra Yarn, the latter of which is also winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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