Sharmat takes the common notion that goats eat boots, tin cans, and shirts one absurd step farther with Gregory's parents, who find their son's longing for such fare as ""fruits, vegetables, eggs, fish, bread and butter"" revolting. On the goat doctor's advice, Gregory's parents sneak a shoelace in with his spaghetti, and offer canned soup on the condition that he eat the can too. As a result, Gregory learns to like everything, but then he gets such a stomach ache from gorging on tires, a violin, and the like, that his parents are happy when he settles, next morning, for scrambled eggs, orange juice, and wax paper. Comparison with the similarly titled (and similarly structured) Kraus/Aruego picture books is inevitable, and in truth not much distinction can be made. Ephemeral.