BILL GROGAN’S GOAT by Mary Ann Hoberman


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Age Range: 3 - 8
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Keeping the rhythm and rhyme of the familiar song, Hoberman (The Looking Book, below, etc.) updates and extends its ending. When his goat eats his newly laundered shirts, Bill Grogan punishes him by tying him to the railroad track. The clever goat manages to cough up the shirts just in time to flag the train. And there begins his newest adventure. The engineer invites him to come along for a ride, but he offends one animal passenger after another as he sits on them, mistaking them for furniture. He gives away his red shirts to make amends, but at lunchtime, the pig, sheep, and cow have such terrible manners that not only does the goat not get anything to eat, but the shirts become a filthy mess. When the engineer demands they clean up, the three dutifully comply. In a familiar ending, those red shirts drying on the line are just too much temptation for the goat. The pastel illustrations will have readers smiling at the accident-prone goat. The opening scene really sets the stage, with Bill Grogan hanging wash while the goat lounges in a lawn chair. Around them are the trappings typical of hillbilly yards: an old wringer washer outside, a clothes line with red long johns flapping in the breeze, hubcaps as stepping stones leading to a dilapidated house, and a tree growing out of an old rubber tire. Westcott’s (She Did It, p. 104, etc.) characters are full of life, and their emotions are plain from their facial expressions and gestures. A humorous continuation of a childhood favorite . . . and a tune that readers will be hard-pressed to get out of their heads. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-316-36232-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Megan Tingley/Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2002


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