Congratulations on the UK edition of PROFESSOR GOOSE DEBUNKS GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS by Paulette Bourgeois, illustrated by Alex G. Griffiths, publishing today(Rocketbird Books UK)!

The first in a new series by the author of Franklin the Turtle! Join Professor Goose in this STEM-filled picture book as she fact-checks classic fairy tales and shares the science behind these flawed stories.

Mother Goose’s fairy tales are NOT based in science, and her great niece Professor Goose thinks it’s time to share the truth. Join Professor Goose as she — literally — travels through the pages of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, fact-checking, exposing the flaws and explaining the science. Bears don’t live in cottages — they prefer dens! The smallest bowl of porridge wouldn’t be “just right” — it would have been the coldest! Professor Goose is delighted to see Baby Bear use the scientific method and Goldilocks’s fight or flight response. And maybe Goldilocks should have used a GPS so she wouldn’t have gotten lost in the first place?

Jammed with jokes and wonderfully silly illustrations, this book entertains while it introduces basic scientific laws and rules to young readers. At the back of the book, readers will find Professor Goose’s instructions on how to engineer their own chair for a (teddy) bear!


One of CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2022), Starred Selection!

“This imaginative book is perfect for libraries with makerspaces and strong STEM programming.” —School Library Journal

“[O]ur goose guide — with notable help from Alex G. Griffiths’s brightly daffy illustrations — [offers] some enlightening fun. . . . It’s never too early to teach kids to question what they read or watch.” —Quill & Quire

“[A] fun and inventive way to introduce young children to STEM concepts and the scientific method . . . a promising start to an entertaining new picture book series.” —CM Reviews

“Paulette Bourgeois and Alex G. Griffiths have truly raised the bar . . . fascinating and funny.” —Imaginary Elevators

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Paulette Bourgeois graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 1974. She was a psychiatric occupational therapist for three years before deciding to focus on her writing. She studied journalism at Carlton University then worked as a reporter for the Ottawa Citizen and CBC Television. She became a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C. contributing pieces to Chatelaine, Canadian Living, Reader’s Digest and Maclean’s. She returned to Toronto in 1983.

In 2003, she became a Member of the Order of Canada and in 2007, she received an Honourary Doctor of Laws from her alma mater, the University of Western Ontario.

Paulette is represented by Amy Tompkins.