Friday, September 21, 2018

Fairy Tale and Folktale Fridays #30: The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Hey there!  Welcome to "Fairy Tale and Folktale Fridays," a new feature on my blog where I discuss about some fairy tales and folktales I have read throughout the years.  This feature was inspired by Chrissi Reads' "Fairy Tale Friday" meme and I was so inspired by those posts that I wanted to do a feature that details my love for fairy tales and folktales!

The Three Billy Goats Gruff


Type: Fairy Tale

Country of Origin: Norway

Main Character Hero or Heroine: Heroes or Heroines (Depending on the story)

Recommend?: Yes! 

The story starts off with three billy goats (a small sized billy goat, a medium sized billy goat and a large sized billy goat) wanting to go to a field to feed on its delicious grass. But, to get to the field, the three billy goats have to cross a bridge.  Unfortunately though, the bridge is being guarded by a vicious troll and the troll would threaten anyone who crosses the bridge.  When the smallest billy goat gruff crossed the bridge first, the troll threatened to eat the smallest billy goat up.  But the smallest billy goat told the troll to not eat him up and wait for the medium sized billy goat to cross the bridge since the middle billy goat is much larger than he is.  The troll lets the small billy goat go and the middle billy goat crosses the bridge next.  When the troll threatened to eat up the middle billy goat, the middle billy goat told the troll to not eat him up and wait for the biggest billy goat to cross the bridge.  So, the troll lets the middle billy goat go and he waits for the biggest billy goat to cross the bridge.  When the biggest billy goat crosses the bridge, the troll ends up getting a huge surprise!


I have always enjoyed this story!  I loved the way that each billy goat gruff tried to outsmart the troll by tricking the troll into not eating any of them and telling the troll that there is going to be a bigger billy goat gruff coming along the way!

1. What would you do if you are dealing with a vicious person?

For me, hopefully I would try to avoid that person at all costs.

2. Do you have any siblings?

I actually have two sisters, an older sister and a younger sister.  So, that makes me the middle child of the family!

3. Do you enjoy fairy tales that stars animals?
I most certainly do!  Some of my favorites are this one, "The Three Little Pigs" and "Goldilocks and the three Bears!"

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Tom Roberts; illustrated by David Jorgensen

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by P.C. Asbjornsen and J.E. Moe; illustrated by Marcia Brown

3 Billy Goats Gruff by Ted Dewan

Three Billy Goats Gruff by Glen Rounds

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Once a Mouse...

August Monthly Wrap Up (2018)

Off the Blog:

Hey everyone! Whew! August was a pretty busy month for me!  First off, we finally celebrated my mom's birthday after she had some work done to her teeth.  So, she wasn't able to eat many things. But, we finally got the chance to celebrate her birthday and had some delicious cake to go with everything!  Finally, me and my sister went to Soda City Comic Con in South Carolina for the second year in the row and it was EVEN BETTER than last year's comic con!  We got the chance to meet Billy West, the voice of Fry from "Futurama" and Ren and Stimpy, Vic Mignogna, the voice of popular anime characters like Ed from "Fullmetal Alchemist" and Tamaki from "Ouran High School Host Club" and Mike Coulter, who plays Luke Cage!  It was such a wonderful experience meeting these actors, since I barely get the chance to meet celebrities on a day to day basis and they were all so friendly and fun to be with!  If you want to see some of my photos from the event, check them out HERE!

On the Blog:

YAAAYYY!!! My reading month was so much better this month than last month as I read over 5 books for the month!  Most of the books I've read were ARCs though, but I'm so happy to be able to read up to 5 books this month!  Also, I noticed that I posted this monthly wrap up post very late, but that's because August was such a busy month, that I didn't have much time to post up my reviews. 

Books Read this Month:

5.  Bear Child by Geoff Mead  (EDELWEISS)

Other Reviews and Activities Completed this Month: 












2018 Comic Book Bingo Challenge: 
2018 Discussion Challenge: 8
Monthly Key Word Challenge 2018
2018 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge: 4
2018 European Reading Challenge: 1
Pop Sugar Reading Challenge 2018 : 3
Full House Reading Challenge 2018: 4
Humor Reading Challenge 2018: 8
2018 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge:
2018 Picture Book Reading Challenge: 16
2018 Beat the Backlist: 3
2018 Library Love: 4
Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2018: 9
2018 11th Annual Graphic Novel / Manga Challenge: 6
Book Bingo 2018: 4
Bookish's 2018 Reading Challenge: 2
2018 Color Coded Reading Challenge : 2
2018 Blogger Shame Challenge: 1
2018 Dystopia Reading Challenge: 1
2018 Reading Bingo Challenge: 3
2018 Reading Challenge Addict
2018 Read It Again, Sam: 6
2018 Try Something New Challenge: 4
2018 Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge: 2
Newbery Medal Challenge:

 Book Stats for August:

Total Number of Books Read: 5
Children's Books: 5
5 Star Reads: 3
4 Star Reads: 2
Average Rating: 4.6
Male Authors: 2
Female Authors: 3
Unknown Authors: 0
Series: 0
Stand Alone: 5
Re-Reads: 0
Total NetGalley Books for the Year: 5
Total ARC Books for the Year: 2
Total Edelweiss Books for the Year: 4
Total Reading Alley Books for the Year: 1
Total Books for the Year: 2
Total Re-Reads for the Year: 6
Total Number of Books Read for the Year: 29

Genre Stats:

Humor: 3
Science Fiction: 0
Horror: 0
Fantasy: 2
Drama: 0
Romance: 0
Paranormal: 0
Contemporary: 0
Historical: 0
Total Science Fiction Books for the Year: 4
Total Humor Books for the Year: 15
Total Horror Books for the Year: 1
Total Fantasy Books for the Year: 6
Total Drama Books for the Year: 1
Total Romance Books for the Year: 2

Blog Stats for August: 

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BEST OF THE MONTH: Diary of an Ogre by Valeria Davila

September TBR:

* I have decided to drop "Our Dark Duet" at the moment and try to read "Illuminae" instead. Hopefully, I'll enjoy that book!

Favorite Blog Posts from Around the Blogosphere: 

☀  AJ @ Read All the Things!  discusses about The Blogosphere’s Favorite Books Of 2018 (So Far)
☀  Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addition discusses about Where to Find Book Series Recaps. (Since most books don’t have a synopsis.) Let’s Discuss.
☀  Jessica @ a GREAT read discusses about Favorite Types of Romance
☀  Greg @ Book Haven discusses about Some Thoughts on Book Blogging  
☀  Sam @ We Live and Breathe Books discusses about Why I DON'T Reread
☀  Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight has a list of DO OTHER REVIEWS BIAS US?  
☀  Elley @ Elley the Book Otter discusses about Real life bookish friends
☀  Gretl @ Goldilox and the Three Weres discusses about What are your favorite things to receive in subscription boxes?
☀  Jo @ Once Upon a Bookcase discusses about Finding Hans Christian Andersen in Denmark   

This will be linked to The Book Date's Month in Review and A Cocoon of Books Best of the Bunch! 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

[ARC REVIEW] Diary of an Ogre by Valeria Davila and Bear Child by Geoff Mead

Title:  Diary of an Ogre

Author:  Valeria Davila

Artist:  Laura Aguerrebehere

Genre:  Children's / Monsters / Humor / School

Year Published: 2018

Year Read:  2018

Publisher: Crackboom!

Source:  eARC (NetGalley)

Content Rating:  Ages 5+ (Some Gross Humor)

I would like to thank NetGalley and Crackboom! for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The book starts off with an ogre who is writing a diary and is explaining to the audience about how ogres are not how they used to be.  So, to fix this problem, he sets out on creating a school for young ogres and teach them the nasty ways of a true ogre, such as giving a spit and burp class, teaching them to sew clothes that smell like farts and giving awards to ogres who wear the same underwear for many years.

Will the school be successful?

Read this book to find out!

Wow!  Valeria Davila has done an excellent job at writing this story!  I loved the way that Valeria Davila incorporated some gross humor into the story, while making the story still remain humorous to read!  I was also interested in seeing what kind of classes and activities that the ogre school offers for the young students, such as having classes that teach young ogres how to burp and spit!  I like the little digs that Valeria Davila made towards some movies that stars ogres, such as taking a dig at “Shrek!”  Laura Aguerrebehere’s artwork was truly hilarious to look at as all the ogre characters have exaggerated expressions on their faces that really brought out their disgusting personalities!  I also enjoyed seeing the images of the ogres doing disgusting activities, such as walking around in the mud and showing green stink clouds around the ogres whenever they are wearing their dirty underwear!

Overall, “Diary of an Ogre” is a truly hilarious and fun book to read if you enjoy reading children’s books with gross out humor!  I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since there are some disgusting moments that children who do not like gross humor might cringe at.

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Title:  Bear Child

Author:  Geoff Mead

Artist:  Sanne Dufft

Genre:  Children's / Folklore / Family / Fantasy

Year Published: 2018

Year Read:  2018

Publisher: Floris Books

Source:  eARC (Edelweiss)

Content Rating:  Ages 4+ (Nothing Objectionable)

I would like to thank Edelweiss and Floris Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story starts off with a young girl named Ursula who asks her father to tell her a bedtime story about magical beings called the bear folk.  The bear folk were beings who were half human and half bear due to their parents being bears and humans who fell in love and married each other. The bear folk also had the abilities to change shape from bears to humans whenever they feel like it.  One day however, the bears decided to stay in the woods while the humans decided to stay in towns; but despite this, some of the bear folk still went into the towns that were occupied by humans and managed to mingled in with some of the humans.  It was at this point that Ursula asks her father if the bear folk still exists and will she ever meet one of the bear folks?

Will Ursula meet one of the bear folks?

Read this book to find out!

Yay!  I have always loved reading folktales that dealt with magical beings and “Bear Child” is definitely one of those folktale books that I was interested in reading!  Geoff Mead has done a great job at writing this book as this book is extremely heartwarming and magical to read through as I enjoyed seeing the loving relationship between Ursula and her father as Ursula’s father tells Ursula a bedtime story that deals with the importance of family.  I also liked the way that Geoff Mead wrote the story about the bear folk as I love magical beings that are able to change into different forms and I like the fact that the basis of their characters is that they try to create a loving family with human beings.  Sanne Dufft’s artwork is probably the best part of this book as they are gorgeous to look at, especially of the artwork of seeing white cloud versions of the bears up in the blue and starry skies!

The reason why I gave this book a four-star rating was because I felt that the pacing of this book was a bit too slow in some places.  I actually wished that there was a bit more action in this book, although I really enjoyed the heartwarming aspect of this story.

Overall, “Bear Child” is a truly adorable story about the importance of family that children will enjoy!  I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.

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