My favorite book as a child was Three Billy Goats Gruff. When Francesco was 2 years old, my mom brought over my copy from when I was little and I happily set about reading it. My husband sitting nearby listening was horrified as he heard me happily read “rip you to bits, body, and bones”. His comment was “that’s a little violent don’t you think?” I laughed because I was so rigid as a first time parent, but I couldn’t resist those delicious words that had brought me so much joy to listen to. The book took me back in time and although some of the words are surprising at first, all kids LOVE this story. My boys laughed in delight as my voice became small and quiet for the 1st billy goat to cross the bridge – then loud and booming for the 3rd billy goat. This book not only tells an amusing story, but helps kick start your child’s desire to role-play. I can’t tell you how many parks where I’ve ‘trip trapped over the bridge’ as a billy boat gruff or pretended to be the troll. It’s still works like magic even for my 6 year old!
This book is awesome and it’s on my list of favorite things for boys or girls. Again, because of the fun way to read the story, this book can be introduced early to kids and they can grow into it. I laugh when I remember Ray’s reaction and I’m glad I gave this book a chance because it’s become a staple in my children’s library. I have an extra copy of this booked tucked away for when my first grandchild is born to pass on the love of this story.