Once Upon a Goat

By: Dan Richards

Illustrator: Eric Barclay

Once upon a time, a very prim and proper king and queen begged their fairy godmother for a child. They’d prefer a boy, with glowing skin, bright eyes, and two roses for lips…but any kid will do. When they find themselves gifted with a baby goat (also known as a kid) instead, they can’t imagine how he’ll fit into their lives. But of course, it isn’t long before he’s part of the royal family.

Readers will delight in this story’s hilarity, confusion, and celebration of families that come in every shape and size.

Full-color illustrations were created using pencil, watercolor, acrylic, and Adobe Photoshop.

ISBN: 9781524773755

JLG Release: Nov 2019


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Kings, queens, and rulers , Fairy godmothers , Goats , Babies , Families , Mistakes , Humorous stories

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Praise & Reviews

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“Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, a king and queen wished for a child.” From this standard fairy-tale opening, the story quickly veers off in an unexpected direction: the royal couple’s fairy godmother promises to fulfill their wish, but when the king and queen check their doorstep as instructed, they find a baby goat rather than a chi “Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, a king and queen wished for a child.” From this standard fairy-tale opening, the story quickly veers off in an unexpected direction: the royal couple’s fairy godmother promises to fulfill their wish, but when the king and queen check their doorstep as instructed, they find a baby goat rather than a child (“I said any kid would do. But I never meant—this”). The kid immediately begins causing chaos, and outside it goes—but the soft-hearted parental-wannabes change their minds and decide to bring it in for the night. “One night turned into weeks, and weeks into months”—and the accompanying illustrations show the royals happily playing with the goat and reading it a book. Of course, there’s been a mistake, but when it’s discovered and they are presented with a human baby, the king and queen decide to welcome in everyone—their own child, the kid goat, and the goat’s parents. “Not exactly the family we wished for,” says the king. “No,” replies the queen. “Better.” There is much humor in the interaction between the text and the appealing cartoony art: for example, when the godmother meets the goat, it has just head-butted her to the ground; the accompanying dialogue reads: “‘Isn’t he darling?’ said the king. ‘A blessing,’ added the queen. ‘You must be joking,’ said their fairy godmother. ‘It’s a goat.’” The contrast between the royal couple’s once-ordered existence and the cheerful mess at book’s end is very funny, and the message about acceptance and the expanded definition of family is a bonus (and don’t miss the clever chomp taken out of the opening endpapers).

Book Details

ISBN

9781524773755

First Release

November 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition with trade jacket added

Publisher

Random House

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Kings, queens, and rulers, Fairy godmothers, Goats, Babies, Families, Mistakes, Humorous stories,

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Book Genres

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