I’ve been excited to tell some friends about Goldilocks and the Three Bears: A Tale Moderne by Steven Guarnaccia (2010). We live in 1920’s bungalow heaven in Portland, but our old neighbors recently moved into a rare 1950s ranch section of Southeast Portland. Old ranches are “in”. It’s infectious to see our friends’ enthusiasm for the house and its classic points.
What could be better for them than this version of Goldilocks where the three bears “live in a split-level house deep in the forest”, even if their kids are a bit old for it? As the title page says, the book is filled with “elements of the modernist movement in art”. The papa bear looks like a beatnik. They live in a mid 20th century modern home with all the coolest furnishings. The endpapers picture notable furnishings and their designs. Oddly, it’s based on a 1999 Italian book that credits a different author.
The book is large format with spare, perfect illustrations using ink and pastel pens. By the time I finished it and set it down, I’m pretty sure I was way hipper than before.