About Liz Pichon
Liz is the author-illustrator of the tiger tales book The Three Horrid Little Pigs. Before writing and illustrating children's books, she worked in the music industry where she created record and CD covers. Liz left to become a freelance writer and artist, and her work now appears on many different products all over the world.
It's clear a mother's work is never done when her three Billy Goats "Fluff" irk a notorious troll with sensitive hearing.
Annoyed by the bridge's obnoxious vibrations, sleep-deprived Mr. Troll posts stern warnings above his abode (“TRIP-TRAPPERS WILL BE EATEN!”) in a fruitless attempt to soften the prancing of noisy hooves. When the goats trip-trap along undeterred, he snarls a rhyming threat: “When I'm tired and feeling blue, / there's nothing quite like little goat stew!” Petrified, the nervous siblings run their little tails home to their mother, who sits, knitting adorable accessories for her boisterous trio. Mama sympathizes with the grumpy ogre (she understands the necessity of sleep first-hand) and sets forth a tantalizing truce. Mama's hobby provides fuzzy booties to finally muffle her children's clip-clopping. The rhyming verse is nothing to shout about, but most of the narrative is in a pleasingly deadpan prose. Sunny, bold spreads highlight the emerald-green troll (with stubby tufts of hair and long, manicured nails), and his outraged expressions convey each building annoyance. Quirky elements amuse (the goats' yard sign in sweater-form reads “fluffy stuff for sale”).
August 1, 2011, Kirkus Reviews
I love this book! The Three Billy Goats Gruff was never my favorite story as a child. It kind of scared me. In this updated humorous version, Mr. Troll is feeling out of sorts because the newspaper advertisement for his new apartment hadn't included how noisy it was. He's trying to sleep, but those three Billy Goats Fluff keep trip-trapping over his bridge and waking him up. He acts out in frustration and the young goats don't know what to do. But Mother Goat sympathizes with Mr. Troll's problems and wants to help.