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Orca Spring 2022 (April through July)

The Three Bears and Goldilocks
By (author): Bee Waeland
Bee Waeland


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards
Hardcover , Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) P - K, Grade (US) P - K, Reading age 3 - 5
Apr 12, 2022
Print Run: 8000
$19.95 CAD


8.5in x 6.5 x 0.5 in | 360 gr

Page Count:

64 pages


17 Colour illustrations
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Mythic fantasy / Mythic fiction|Picture storybooks|Children’s / Teenage fiction: Humorous stories|Interest age: from c 3 years
  • Short Description

A graphic wordless retelling of the classic "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" with a twist: Goldilocks is held accountable for her actions.

You’re not getting away with it this time, Goldilocks.

What if Goldilocks was held accountable for her actions?

In this graphic retelling of the fairy tale "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," author/illustrator Bee Waeland reimagines the story of a self-involved little girl who commits a crime and is arrested for breaking and entering. Having tracked deer poo into the Bear family’s house, broken a number of things, eaten all their porridge and fallen asleep in Baby Bear's bed, the family comes home and calls the authorities. Told without words, readers of all ages will delight in this hilarious and vibrant twist on the classic.

Key Selling Points

  • A wordless retelling of a classic fairy tale where Goldilocks is held responsible for her actions, told from the Bear family's perspective.
  • The illustrator is known for her design work for publications such as the Toronto Star, West Jet Magazine and Marie Claire.
  • Wordless picture books strengthen family literacy when read together, while also enabling independent reading for children who are not yet reading.
  • The dark humor will appeal to readers of all ages.
  • The first of two wordless picture book retellings from the illustrator, the second will focus on "Hansel and Gretel" for Spring 2023.

Author and illustrator Bee Waeland is the co-owner of the bespoke print house Vivid Print, in Edmonton. Having graduated from MacEwan University, Bee worked in design studios in Edmonton and Vancouver before opening her own print shop, which sells local artwork and archive prints. Her style is bold in color and form with modernist and art deco influences. Bee has created art for individuals, businesses, interior design firms and publications.

Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

“An entertaining lap read for younger readers, the wordless story providing an opportunity for child readers to speculate on the events of the story...while enjoying the ridiculous escapades of a familiar little burglar finally given her just desserts. Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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