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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer comes a graphic novel in the Land of Stories series featuring Goldilocks—as you've never seen her before! When we first meet her in The Land of Stories:The Wishing Spell, Goldilocks is a beautiful and tough-as-nails outlaw. Discover her origin story and more in this brand new, lushly illustrated full-color graphic novel From #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer comes a graphic novel in the Land of Stories series featuring Goldilocks—as you've never seen her before! When we first meet her in The Land of Stories:The Wishing Spell, Goldilocks is a beautiful and tough-as-nails outlaw. Discover her origin story and more in this brand new, lushly illustrated full-color graphic novel, as she takes you on adventures where she may or may not break a few laws along the way. Once upon a time, the kingdoms of the fairy-tale world lived in perfect harmony under the guidance of the Happily Ever After Assembly. But not all creatures and territories have been invited to this peaceful union. Monsters and criminals have found refuge in the Dwarf Forests, a land without rulers or law. When a plot by the Charming brothers is unveiled and threatens to push society's unwanted from their homes, the fairy-tale world's harmony and Goldilocks' home are put in jeopardy . . . New and returning fans of the Land of Stories will fall in love with the adventures of Goldilocks before she met Alex and Conner Bailey. Fans will recognize familiar characters including Porridge, Jack, and Queen Red Riding Hood; and a ragtag team of misfits is introduced, including Puss in Boots, Little Miss Muffet, Pinocchio, and more.


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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer comes a graphic novel in the Land of Stories series featuring Goldilocks—as you've never seen her before! When we first meet her in The Land of Stories:The Wishing Spell, Goldilocks is a beautiful and tough-as-nails outlaw. Discover her origin story and more in this brand new, lushly illustrated full-color graphic novel From #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer comes a graphic novel in the Land of Stories series featuring Goldilocks—as you've never seen her before! When we first meet her in The Land of Stories:The Wishing Spell, Goldilocks is a beautiful and tough-as-nails outlaw. Discover her origin story and more in this brand new, lushly illustrated full-color graphic novel, as she takes you on adventures where she may or may not break a few laws along the way. Once upon a time, the kingdoms of the fairy-tale world lived in perfect harmony under the guidance of the Happily Ever After Assembly. But not all creatures and territories have been invited to this peaceful union. Monsters and criminals have found refuge in the Dwarf Forests, a land without rulers or law. When a plot by the Charming brothers is unveiled and threatens to push society's unwanted from their homes, the fairy-tale world's harmony and Goldilocks' home are put in jeopardy . . . New and returning fans of the Land of Stories will fall in love with the adventures of Goldilocks before she met Alex and Conner Bailey. Fans will recognize familiar characters including Porridge, Jack, and Queen Red Riding Hood; and a ragtag team of misfits is introduced, including Puss in Boots, Little Miss Muffet, Pinocchio, and more.

30 review for Goldilocks: Wanted Dead or Alive

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    Chris Colfer’s Land of Stories began weaving new elements into classic fairy tales since the release of The Wishing Spell in 2012. Now, Colfer teams up with graphic artist Jon Proctor with an origin story starring Goldilocks along with Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty, their husbands/consorts and other fairy tale staples including Rapunzel and Jack (of the beanstalk). There is depth to the story told and readers will have to do much more than simply look at the art panels to follow th Chris Colfer’s Land of Stories began weaving new elements into classic fairy tales since the release of The Wishing Spell in 2012. Now, Colfer teams up with graphic artist Jon Proctor with an origin story starring Goldilocks along with Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty, their husbands/consorts and other fairy tale staples including Rapunzel and Jack (of the beanstalk). There is depth to the story told and readers will have to do much more than simply look at the art panels to follow the tale that presents Goldilocks as a strong, capable woman who was wronged by those bears so many years ago and now has teamed up with Puss in Boots to wreck a plan to take over the Dwarf Forests. Target audience for this graphic novel is grade 5-8 and while students younger may be drawn to the art and the idea of swords, kings/queens, and castles, the vocabulary and intricate plot may be a bit challenging. Content note: sword violence and talk of executing criminals present, but no blood or gore; no profanity or sexual content. Thanks for the ARC, Little Brown for Young Readers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Woods

    After reading and obsessing over Chris Colfer's Land of Stories book series, this was the perfect prequel type book to share Goldilock's story. She has always been one of my favorite characters from his books and it was so great to see her beginning life depicted in the comic style of art. I absolutely loved this super quick read and super recommend it! After reading and obsessing over Chris Colfer's Land of Stories book series, this was the perfect prequel type book to share Goldilock's story. She has always been one of my favorite characters from his books and it was so great to see her beginning life depicted in the comic style of art. I absolutely loved this super quick read and super recommend it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    Excellent!!!! The land of stories series by Chris Colfer has intrigued me but I’ve never read it. I love graphic novels so I thought I’d try this one out. I loved seeing Goldilocks in this light!!! Such a great character! I hope Chris Colfer and Jon Proctor do more and make it into a series! Hooray for feminism!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashe (mylittlelibrarylife)

    absouletly loved this graphic novel :) i am yet to read a book from chris colfer that i dont love :) he sucks you into his worlds and they are just so magical :) love love love :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Scottie Swanson

    I would have given it 5 stars if it wasn’t such a short read. I started it yesterday and I already finished it. But otherwise it was a great read! Goldilocks was always my favorite character and this did not change that. It was enjoyable to read!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Parker (Paperback Parker)

    *3.5/5 stars!!! This was a cute, quick read! I enjoyed the plot and I love the character of Goldilocks. I also appreciated the ending! However, the art style wasn’t my fave (I liked the colouring though), and it lacked diversity. I also found that the story just flew by, but considering it’s a middle-grade graphic novel, I can’t fault it much for that. Overall, I’m glad I read this and it was entertaining! I’m so proud of Chris Colfer and am a fan of basically everything he writes. It was such a *3.5/5 stars!!! This was a cute, quick read! I enjoyed the plot and I love the character of Goldilocks. I also appreciated the ending! However, the art style wasn’t my fave (I liked the colouring though), and it lacked diversity. I also found that the story just flew by, but considering it’s a middle-grade graphic novel, I can’t fault it much for that. Overall, I’m glad I read this and it was entertaining! I’m so proud of Chris Colfer and am a fan of basically everything he writes. It was such a cool experience to read his first graphic novel!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Rabas

    I hate that my first review is going to be a one-star, but I could not stop thinking about this book after I read it. Now, I haven't read the series that this book spins off of, so I could just be missing that nostalgic, knowing of the characters and events. My issue isn't with the writing, it was fine and the story was good. My problem is with the art. I hate to say it because I know how difficult art is and how subjective it is, but after looking at the reviews and seeing all these 5 star revi I hate that my first review is going to be a one-star, but I could not stop thinking about this book after I read it. Now, I haven't read the series that this book spins off of, so I could just be missing that nostalgic, knowing of the characters and events. My issue isn't with the writing, it was fine and the story was good. My problem is with the art. I hate to say it because I know how difficult art is and how subjective it is, but after looking at the reviews and seeing all these 5 star reviews with no mention of the artwork whatsoever, I am confused. There are so many AMAZING graphic novels out that with GORGEOUS art that don't even have a fraction of the reviews and praise this book has. I'm going to list off my issues with the art- 1. The lack of inconsistent line art. In the same panels, there is super thick and heavy outlines on characters, and then teeny tiny line art on characters who are in the same distance of the panel. I would understand a bit more if one was closer and another far away, but they are standing right next to each other. 2. There were so... many... Copy and paste, flip, shrink and zoom faces. And they were not good. The faces had little emotion, the eyes were all over the place, and they used the same face copy and paste over and over and over again. I swear Puss had like 3 expressions he switched between. It was annoying. And half of them didn't even look good mirrored!! They would shrink the same face, not helping with the line art inconsistency, and tilt it at weird angles to make them fit with the body pose. 3. This is a drab, book. I'm sorry but the colors are so ugly. There are so many panels with just a gradient background, no scenery or anything, and it didn't create any sort of environment for the characters to exist in. 4. There were so many UGLY FACES AND FACIAL EXPRESSIONS. I know art is subjective, but when the head is lopsided and the eyes are looking two different directions, it's bad. There were some scenes in the battle towards the end that the anatomy was just wonky as hell. Poor Miss Muffet looked like her arms got dislocated multiple times. It's just bad, I'm sorry. I hate to shit all over art, but I had to get this out of my system. It feels so rushed and so sloppy. This could have been so cool and a great addition to Chris Colfer's series, but in my own personal opinion, I would suggest picking up a different graphic novel.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Teaguen R.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a griping, and fast read that expands the world from The Land of Stories novels. Goldilocks was always a character I loved to read about in the original books and getting a whole story focused on her and how she "became" was great. I loved getting to see exactly how she turned into the beloved Goldilocks from the books as well as get some more information on the characters that surrounded and helped her. An unexpected, but interesting inclusion to this graphic novel was the integrated st This is a griping, and fast read that expands the world from The Land of Stories novels. Goldilocks was always a character I loved to read about in the original books and getting a whole story focused on her and how she "became" was great. I loved getting to see exactly how she turned into the beloved Goldilocks from the books as well as get some more information on the characters that surrounded and helped her. An unexpected, but interesting inclusion to this graphic novel was the integrated story line of Prince Chandler Charming and the role he played throughout the book. He does not have a huge role in the books, but he is touched on quite a few times and all pretty positively, so to see him portrayed in such a negative light was quite shocking to me. I found myself despising this character I quite liked reading about in the main series and was kind of confused as to why this was happening. In the main series we touch on the Charming's a bit as they have a baby as well as the point of how Cinderella plays a huge roll in running her kingdom where as the other princesses don't do that as much. [This topic comes up briefly in this graphic novel as well] At the end of the graphic novel we come to find that Cinderella discovers Chandler's plans for the people in the Dwarf Forest and she is appalled by his actions and ultimately tells him he needs to change his behavior and that she will be running things regarding the kingdom from now on due to his bad change in behavior. This is a minor detail in this graphic novel as well as the overall main series, but a detail that I didn't ever really think to ask about further until the reveal of it in this graphic novel! If you've read The Land of Stories series before you will know the general story of how Goldilocks became a criminal, which concerned me a bit going into a story with it's main focus on that, but as always Chris Colfer was able to make it enjoyable. There are several reoccurring/familiar characters that show up, but there are so many new characters as well. I thought they fit this short novel extremely well especially because they were characters that already have a well known backstory and one that cannot be manipulated as much as (Ex:) Red Riding Hood and Jack. The inclusion of characters such as Pinocchio and the Gingerbread Man gave the graphic novel the fairy tale feel, but it didn't need an explanation of how their stories turned out as well as leaving the readers with no further questions on where they end up because they are already well known. Overall, I loved this graphic novel! I thought the writing and art were great, I loved getting to see all of these beloved and new characters, and thought the expansion of the world was enjoyable for both new and returning readers.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melly Mel - Shelf_ishly_lit

    Goldilocks: Wanted Dead or Alive, Chris Colfer Pub Date: June 29, 2021 When @chriscolfer puts out a new book I am one of many who is eager for a chance to read and review it. As is my youngest (12) who is a big fan and loves graphic novels, so Goldilocks: Wanted Dead or Alive, A Graphic Novel from the incredible series The Land of Stories is well … incredible. Truth be told, my love for reading hasn’t been as contagious as I would have loved. My youngest isn’t a voracious reader and hasn’t always Goldilocks: Wanted Dead or Alive, Chris Colfer Pub Date: June 29, 2021 When @chriscolfer puts out a new book I am one of many who is eager for a chance to read and review it. As is my youngest (12) who is a big fan and loves graphic novels, so Goldilocks: Wanted Dead or Alive, A Graphic Novel from the incredible series The Land of Stories is well … incredible. Truth be told, my love for reading hasn’t been as contagious as I would have loved. My youngest isn’t a voracious reader and hasn’t always jumped at the chance to read. But along came Chris and The Land of Stories and she slowly warmed up. Her main love - graphic novels. So this combination was an instant hit. She snatched it out of my hands the minute I opened the package and set to reading it. She devoured it in a day. As did I. For those new to the series, The Land of Stories is Colfer’s version of fairytale kingdoms of princesses and princes and a reimagining of what may have happened between the pages and all the happily ever after. Chris combines a fun, witty and creative spin to characters that make them charming and for some, even redeeming. Chris’s Goldilocks is a fugitive. Wrongly accused of breaking and entering, robbery and property damage. Shamed and banished to the Dwarf Forests, Goldilocks begins her new life as a criminal. Until she is at risk of losing this place too by an overly ambitious ruler and his brothers. Goldilocks and a misfit crew must take a stand. The writing and layout of the graphic novel remains true to the LOS books with dialogue and plot points. The illustrations were a perfect blend of classic renderings and a touch of animee. The colours were crisp and vivid and really brought the characters to life. This was a delightful addition to the #landofstories family that kept my daughter and I engaged from the first to last graphic. We especially liked the presence of strong women, diverse characters, the premise of taking up space and reclaiming one’s power, such that perceived weaknesses become strengths. To that, I say as a mom - Well done! Thanks you to @littlebrown & @hbgcanada for my gifted copy!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Carr

    Format Read: Book (Graphic Novel) Cover Art: 4 stars Library Buy: Yes Review: This graphic novel fits within the "Fractured Fairy Tale" genre which has gained new popularity with books like the Land of Stories saga (also written by Chris Colfer). I liked the concept of the story twist of a wrongly accused Goldilocks, who becomes an empowered protagonist. The illustrations by Jon Proctor are vibrant, full of action, and add their own clever takes on the fairy tale genre. Unfortunately, there were a Format Read: Book (Graphic Novel) Cover Art: 4 stars Library Buy: Yes Review: This graphic novel fits within the "Fractured Fairy Tale" genre which has gained new popularity with books like the Land of Stories saga (also written by Chris Colfer). I liked the concept of the story twist of a wrongly accused Goldilocks, who becomes an empowered protagonist. The illustrations by Jon Proctor are vibrant, full of action, and add their own clever takes on the fairy tale genre. Unfortunately, there were a lot of tired tropes and misguided attempts to be clever. It felt like it was trying to emulate the Shrek movies and it fell flat. The book was trying to show female power, but it fell short several times. There was an attempt to redeem some characters by the end of the story, but it felt like too little too late. What helps this book is that it's a graphic novel - this will instantly make the book popular in our library.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Garrett Pesch

    (2.5 stars) This is the first comic book I've read in years and reminded me why I don't usually read comic books. From the comic books that I have read before, I always find that the plot is never as rich as novels. While this book was visually pleasing, I found it lacking in dialogue in comparison to Colfer's novels in the series. I was really excited for this book because I really like the characters that the story followed from the original books, but I just didn't find them as compelling or i (2.5 stars) This is the first comic book I've read in years and reminded me why I don't usually read comic books. From the comic books that I have read before, I always find that the plot is never as rich as novels. While this book was visually pleasing, I found it lacking in dialogue in comparison to Colfer's novels in the series. I was really excited for this book because I really like the characters that the story followed from the original books, but I just didn't find them as compelling or interesting as I had compared to his novels. Overall, if Colfer came out with another comic book with the same characters I would probably read it even though I wasn't impressed by this book from a literary standpoint.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Myles

    Goldilocks was my favorite character in Chris Colfer's Land of Stories Series. That series was also one of the best pieces of literure I have had the fortune to read, so I was especially excited for this graphic novel. The story cleared a lot about Goldilocks background to me and had inviting pictures that will tempt the reader in. I was slightly disappointed that some of the characters were portrayed very differently from The Land of Stories books, not just in appearances but in their personali Goldilocks was my favorite character in Chris Colfer's Land of Stories Series. That series was also one of the best pieces of literure I have had the fortune to read, so I was especially excited for this graphic novel. The story cleared a lot about Goldilocks background to me and had inviting pictures that will tempt the reader in. I was slightly disappointed that some of the characters were portrayed very differently from The Land of Stories books, not just in appearances but in their personalities. I do think I enjoyed The Land of Stories a bit more, but I cannot conceal my affection for this graphic novel. This was a delight to read. I am hoping VERY VERY much Chris Colfer continues to share his talent.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Griffin

    I didn't enjoy this graphic novel as much as I assumed that I would because I really love Chris' books. The Land of Stories has easily become my favorite series over my countless rereads over the years. And this was a highly anticipated companion to the series for me. The illustration style just wasn't for me. I kind of wish that Brandon Dorman, the illustrator for the original series was who did it for this version too. Also, the Charming brothers seemed off character-wise. I did enjoy getting I didn't enjoy this graphic novel as much as I assumed that I would because I really love Chris' books. The Land of Stories has easily become my favorite series over my countless rereads over the years. And this was a highly anticipated companion to the series for me. The illustration style just wasn't for me. I kind of wish that Brandon Dorman, the illustrator for the original series was who did it for this version too. Also, the Charming brothers seemed off character-wise. I did enjoy getting more of Goldilock's character in this story though. She has always been one of my favorite characters from the series. Also, I really enjoyed seeing Red's part in this book. Overall, this was a pretty good graphic novel that I did like but disappointed me a little bit.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura Mauro

    * I got this book for review from the publisher for my honest thoughts* I love this story so much. Another story set in this world. I also loved seeing how far these characters came from before we see them in the main series. I really loved not only seeing the origin story of Goldilocks but also the new characters we meet. I also really loved the art style and thought the chris added so many political undertones to the story that i LOVED. I am super excited to read anything else set in this worl * I got this book for review from the publisher for my honest thoughts* I love this story so much. Another story set in this world. I also loved seeing how far these characters came from before we see them in the main series. I really loved not only seeing the origin story of Goldilocks but also the new characters we meet. I also really loved the art style and thought the chris added so many political undertones to the story that i LOVED. I am super excited to read anything else set in this world.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    It’s a nice spin on the original fairytales and expands the personalities and character plots of many known side characters (such as Prince Charming). The plot was compelling, the visuals were beautiful and it was overall such a nice read as an adult and children would be able to appreciate it much more.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rei

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. An amazing adventure about the fearless and bold Goldilocks, her daring life story! This graphic novel was about how she fought to save the Dwarf Forests, against the nasty Charming brothers who were hungry for power! An inspiring story about empowerment and embrace of femininity, a journey with resilience and perseverance!

  17. 5 out of 5

    beth

    “Be brave, child. Courage is the one thing no one can ever take away from you.” I’m so grateful for the way that Chris continues to use his writing to champion and uplift those who are so often put down.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bozhena Levine

    Great adaptation of the classic fairy tale. The graphic novel format makes it even better. Thank you, Hachette Book Group for an ARC of this delightful book. Can’t wait to share it with my students as soon as it is published!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Rose

    I don’t read many Graphic Novels, but the Land of Stories is my favorite series so of course I had to read this. I loved it! The illustrations, the story, the new characters, everything was perfect and the same Land of Stories style! Highly recommend!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maral Al-Tikriti

    i like how every single chris colfer book has a bit of a deeper meaning. as always, i love the land of stories books. my comfort series. i’ve been a big fan since i was 10 and the books just keep getting better and better :) also i liked the graphic novel format! very experimental!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vienna

    I don’t think this art style was the best for the story and I didn’t like it very much personally, but otherwise I like seeing the characters I know and love in this new form! I hope theres more graphic novels to come!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stella

    4.5 Stars

  23. 5 out of 5

    Harmeen

    4.5 stars for one of my favourite book blondes💛 (It would’ve been 5 stars if it was longer and had a more compelling plot. I still loved it though, which is why I rounded up!)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennalee Smith

    I really liked this book! Land of Stories has always been my favorite series so you can imagine how excited I was to find a graphic novel about Goldilocks. The art was beautiful and very colorful. I hope they decide to make more graphic novels for this series as I will definitely pick them up.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Josh Talks Books

    4.5/5

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Hepditch

    Mr. Colfer never fails to impress me :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Chris is so talented— I love how all of his books have a deep, overarching theme that children can learn from while reading a fun and entertaining story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    mira

    women >>>

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

    Are we getting more graphic novels? It just became a series on goodreads.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jordana

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