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Your kids will love this goat and a humorous story. The goat is cute, charming and winsome. The artist fills each page with scenes and details of a fascinating, busy farm. The pictures become even more interesting when we see all sorts of mishaps occur and the blame seems to always go towards the goat. Admittedly he does escape from his enclosure every day, and he does eat some food he probably shouldn't... but there do seem to be an awful LOT of accidents. Mr. Farmer keeps building goat's fence higher, but goat keeps finding ways out. We find out eventually who is responsible for the various problems and this is a great teaching moment for the word "scapegoat" and accepting responsibility. This book's a treasure.
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2020
This charming story about taking responsibility is given depth and heart with Glasser’s wonderful illustrations. It’s not easy to make a goat so very lovable, but like all her other characters, you can’t help but feel for this scapegoated escape goat. My toddler, preschool and 1st graded all enjoy this book.
I feel very qualified to review Ann Patchett and Robin Preiss Glasser newest collaboration, Escape Goat, because may children have insisted on reading it EVERY SINGLE NIGHT (sometimes twice) since we received it. It's a wonderful book. Clever, gorgeously illustrated and artfully told. The book introduces a complex theme in a way children can digest and talk about in a meaningful way with their parents, while also delivering lots of silliness and fun. We love it!!