Project Description


The Three Armadillies Tuff

by Jackie Mims Hopkins
illustrated by S. G. Brooks

In this spirited spin on a classic tale, three fun-loving armadillo sisters—Lilly, Jilly, and Dilly—need to cross a busy highway to get to the new dance hall.

They decide the safest option is to scurry through the culvert that runs under the road. But inside the culvert lurks a spindly legged coyote with a big appetite for “armadilly chili.” The littlest sister, Lilly, manages to fast-talk her way past the coyote, as does her older sister, Jilly. When the coyote sees the size of the eldest, Dilly, she really starts licking her chops. But Dilly Armadilly Tuff is a stubborn gal with her own ideas about what a lonely coyote really needs!

Jackie Mims Hopkins’ hilarious retelling of the classic children’s story “Three Billy Goats Gruff” features a southwestern twang and a delightful surprise ending. S. G. Brooks’ lighthearted, appealing illustrations bring the colorful characters to life.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-258-3
Publication Date: 3/1/2002
Page Count: 32
Size: 10″ x 9″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-598-0
Publication Date: 8/1/2011
Page Count: 32
Size: 10″ x 9″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 3.8
F&P: GRL N, Gr 3, Genre TL
Lexile: AD540L
Themes: Fractured Fairy Tales, Friendship, Three Billy Goats Gruff
BISAC 1: JUV002000 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
BISAC 2: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 3: JUV012040 JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations


“Droll turns of phrase and hints of dialect add fun and flavor to the tale.” ―School Library Journal

“Most Clever-Sounding and Spicy Spin on a Fairy Tale.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A laugh-out-loud Lone Star spin on the Three Billy Goats Gruff.” ―Indulge Magazine


Land of Enchantment Book Awards (Master List) ―New Mexico Library Association, New Mexico Council of IRA, 2004-2005

Show Me Readers Award (Nominee) ―Missouri Association of School Librarians, 2004-2005

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Meet the Author

Jackie Mims Hopkins is a storyteller, a school librarian and a former teacher. She is the author of several children’s books, including The Three Armadillies Tuff and The Gold Miner’s Daughter. She lives in Texas. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

S. G. Brooks received a degree in fine arts from the University of Michigan and has worked as an illustrator and mural painter. Brooks is best known as the illustrator of Smokey the Bear. He lives in Washington, DC. You can visit his website here.