"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."
Kirkus Review

"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 times."
Booklist


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.