OH, LOOK! by Patricia Polacco


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Age Range: 3 - 7
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The old, circular story “Goin’ on a Lion Hunt” provides the impetus for a similar story about three goats who escape their pen for a day of high adventure in this humorous offering from a devoted goat owner. The patterned text reveals sequential obstacles (a gate, a bridge, a pond) that can’t be circumvented, and so the goats must go straight through each difficulty head-on, complete with evocative sound effects. The three goats boldly experience each challenge of life on the lam until they meet an insurmountable obstacle: an ogre in the fun house at a fair. The scary, green ogre (surely a cousin of a certain troll who lived under another bridge) causes the goats to run home in double-quick fashion, with all the locations and sound effects rolling by in reverse order. Though some of the text doesn’t flow as naturally as Polacco’s charming illustrations, the rollicking adventure begs to be read aloud and acted out with lots of accompanying movement and sound effects. A natural companion to “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”—and the kids (of the human variety) will delight in the obstreperous goats and their amusing antics. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-399-24223-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Philomel
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2004


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