Almost every night, before my three children go to sleep, I tell them a story based on characters that they each create. The Three Hungry Goats was inspired by three of their favorite characters, Mo, Josie and Bill, which were originally derived from the tale of the three little pigs.
Because of their playfulness, inquisitiveness, intelligence and, of course, appetite, it seemed appropriate to change the pigs to goats and start weaving the first of what will be many tasty tales. With these stories, I would like to awaken in children a spirit of adventure, sibling cooperation and culinary curiosity.
Children are experiential learners from the moment they are born to the first steps that they take and words that they utter. Learning experiences are often driven by problems and problem solving. They are constantly asking and investigating questions: How do I get from here to there? What am I eating? Why are Mommy and Daddy asking me to do this?
At the tasty core of the Three Hungry Goats is problem based learning. Mo, Josie and Bill, the three hungry goats, start each story with a problem that typically involves trying to find a missing ingredient. As they investigate the problem, they go through a learning experience that allows them to make new discoveries and work together to find creative solutions.
NOTE: The images that I have provided are primarily intended to provide illustrators with an idea of the different look that I have in mind for this project. I like a certain degree of hand drawn texture in the illustration. I also would love to see some illustrators integrate a more cinematic look.
UPDATED NOTE (2.06): Here’s some additional guidance for the look of the three hungry goats. The three goats are a little under one year old and each one should both look and act distinct (think of them as having been adopted). In the brief, I have attached four images of goats as guidance:
Bill - A black Billy Goat with a flap of hair over one eye.
Mo - A brown and white Boer Goat with flappy dog-like ears.
Josie - A yellowish wild Nubian Ibex mountain goat.
As for the mother goat, she is a more traditional domesticated white goat.