Three Billy Goats Gruff

Read by Brandon Molale

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Once upon a time there was a beautiful hillside surrounded by cascading streams. The hillside was covered in a lush greenery and lovely plants. But the only way to get there was to cross the stream on an old rickety bridge.

Under the bridge there lived a great, big, ugly troll with eyes as big as plates and a nose as long as a tree branch. The troll knew that many animals liked coming to the hillside to graze on the tasty fields of grass. So he waited under the bridge to dine on anything that would dare cross the bridge. The troll waited and waited for something to cross the bridge and he grew hungrier by the minute.

One day, a young Billy Goat named Gruff came to cross the bridge.

“Creek, creek,” went the old rickety bridge.

“Who’s that crossing over my bridge,” roared the troll. He heard a tiny voice say “maaaa, it is only I, the smallest Billy Goat Gruff and I’m going up the hillside and I’m gonna make myself fat.”

“Well, I’m coming to devour you,” said the troll.

“Oh no, don’t take me. I’m too little,” said the smallest Billy Goat Gruff. “Wait a bit until the second Billy Goat Gruff comes. He’s much bigger.”

“Be off with you then,” said the troll.

A little while later the second Billy Goat Gruff came to cross the bridge.

“Creek, creek,” went the old rickety bridge.

“Who’s that crossing over my bridge,” roared the troll. “It is I, the second Billy Goat Gruff and I’m going up the hillside to make myself fat,” said the Billy Goat who didn’t have such a small voice.

“Well, I’m coming to devour you,” said the troll.

“Oh no, don’t take me. Wait a little till the big Billy Goat Gruff comes he’s much bigger,” said the second Billy Goat Gruff.

“Very well, be off with you then,” said the troll.

And so the troll waited and grew hungrier and hungrier. After a while up came the big Billy Goat Gruff.

“Creek, creek,” went the old rickety bridge.


“Who’s that crossing over my bridge,” roared the troll. “It is I, the big Billy Goat Gruff,” said the Billy Goat who had a big, ugly hoarse voice of his own.

“Well, I’m coming to devour you,” roared the troll.

And so the troll jumped out from under the bridge to eat the big Billy Goat Gruff but he found out that this Billy Goat was bigger than the troll himself. Then the big Billy Goat Gruff lowered his head and showed his great horns. He charged at the troll, he knocked him right off the bridge and into the stream where he was swept away never to be seen again.

And so the big Billy Goat Gruff crossed the bridge to the hillside where the three Billy Goats Gruff ate until they grew fat and could not eat anymore.

The End.


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