The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen

The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Scholastic Australia
1 November 2022

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen

I am a troll. I live to eat.

I love the sound of hooves and feet and paws and claws on cobblestones.

For that’s the sound of meat and bones!

What lives under the bridge? A terrifying troll who is always hungry!

And this troll loves to gobble up anyone who dares to cross the bridge, but his favourite of all is billy goat: goat rump in a honey glaze, curried goat and goat smeared on toast - you name it, this troll loves it!

So, when the three Billy Goats Gruff decide to clip clop clip clop across the bridge, the troll is already imagining all the scrumptious ways to fill his belly. But what if the troll is about to underestimate those seemingly sweet goats … And bite off more than he can chew!


The troll is hungry, the troll is fierce. Seated under the bridge, he hopes for a tasty meal. Then – clip-clop – a billy goat approaches, and Mr Troll clambers up in all his ugly ferocity. And oh dear, things don’t look rosy for the shivering goat!

Mac Barnett has given the old story a wry and humorous twist with big helpings of delicious goat-centric dishes that the troll envisages – yum! Jon Klassen has treated Barnett’s story with his iconic muted and atmospheric illustrations. Will the billy goats outsmart the dastardly troll once again? Readers aged 3 and up will find out.

Alexa Dretzke is from Readings Hawthorn

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