"Bender...takes the most liberties with the familiar
goats (the troll has "foul breath that makes his daisies wild," and
the little Gruff describes himself as a "low-calorie snack"), though
his lively text is almost as concise as the original and he keeps all
the key phrases; his is an irreverent contemporary version that should
amuse anyone who knows the classic text. His illustrations are rendered
in animator's paint on clear acetate backed with black paper for a bold,
vibrantly colorful effect...Funny, and fun."
"Bender's dramatic illustrations are the highlight
of this picture-book version of the favorite folktale. In rich colors
"backlit" to a glasslike clarity...A fresh visual interpretation of
a sturdy standby, this may energize some school and public library story
|First came the littlest billy goat Gruff. Trip-trap, trip-trap went the bridge.
"Who's tripping over my bridge?" grunted the troll.
"It is only I, the puniest billy goat Gruff," said the goat in his meekest voice.
"Good, I'm ready for a tender morsel!" yelled the troll.