Jon McGoran
Jon McGoran talks about his new book, Spliced.

Common Core State Standards
I Like to Read Books
Holiday House eBooks


Buy the Book:
Barnes & Noble

How to Order


The Rockabilly Goats Gruff
by Jeff Crosby
Jeff Crosby, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 9 x 10 | US$ 15.95
ISBN: 9780823426669 | 01-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: SECOND | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Fractured Fairy Tales, Humor, Music, Song & Theater
Recommendations: A, K, LMC, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
K-3: RL. 1, 2, 3, 5, 7
2: RL. 4

About the Book

Three rockin' billy goats turn a grumpy troll into the biggest rockabilly fan at the honky-tonk, putting a fun twist on the classic fairytale.

Over the hills and through the hollows, three Billy goats are rollin' to a gig at Nanny Gruff's Shimmy Shack, home of the best barbecue and boogie music around. But to get there, the billies have to cross a bridge . . . and deal with a mean old troll. As each billy zooms up, the troll threatens to smash his instrument to smithereens. But that old square gets a heaping surprise when the rockin' billies take him to Nanny's, where he tastes her famous barbecue and hears that rockabilly beat. Before long, the troll hits the dance floor to rock and roll at every Rockabilly gig from that night on!


“The energy of the book will appeal to a broad audience—especially to music lovers. A snazzy, music-themed twist on a classic story that both children and adults will enjoy.”"—Kirkus Reviews

“Crosby coolly weaves together alliteration, consonance, rhyme, and a ‘heapin’ helpin’ of lyrics and jams . . . to highlight the story’s playfulness and the rockabilly beat. This engaging read-aloud will encourage little ones to move their feet and sing along!”"—Booklist