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Sunday, 21 August 2016

366 Books in 366 Days: The Greedy Goat - Petr Horáček - Walker Books (2016)

We are very lucky to have won a copy of this new book, The Greedy Goat, through Toppsta. I've probably mentioned Toppsta before but it is a great website which gives away children's books in exchange for reviews. If you sign up to the website you can enter the giveaways and Toppsta will also send you regular emails with book recommendations. This is perfect for a little "book-spiration" and another reason why our reading wishlist is getting very long!



When I first saw "The Greedy Goat" I was extremely keen to review it because, not only am I a fan of Petr Horáček's work, but growing up we had our own very greedy pet goat. Our greedy goat was called Tilly and she used to enjoy nibbling the clothes on the washing line. She was particularly partial to bed sheets and my long white school socks! I thought this book would be great to share with the Mini Reviewers, as they are already familiar with my tales of Tilly.

Tilly!
In this story goat, fed up of eating herbs and grass, goes in search of something a bit different. After stealing the dog's food, the cat's milk and the pig's potato peelings, she greedily gobbles up some more unusual things she finds in the farmyard. First she eats the farmer's wife's plant, then their daughter's shoe and even the farmer's pants which were hanging on the washing line! (Sounds very familiar!)


Well, this goat has been so greedy, that she becomes rather unwell. She is so ill that it takes her a whole week to recover. Will she have learned her lesson during this time? Or will the farmer's wellies simply prove too irresistible? I'm not going to spoil it for you, but you can probably guess what happens!

As expected, this is a fantastic and funny book with superb, colourful illustrations. The pictures of the poorly goat are particularly amusing!



The story includes the days of the week as well as some basic colours in a way that is reminiscent of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which makes it perfect for little ones.

The Mini Reviewers found the story hilarious and, as well as lots of giggling, there were also gasps of disbelief and shakes of the head especially at the end! Their highlights were definitely when goat eats all the strange things; the pictures of the goat when she is unwell; and of course the ending. This is definitely a book that will be treasured in our house and we highly recommend it.

Disclaimer: We won a copy of The Greedy Goat through Toppsta to review. All opinions are, as always, my own.

10 comments:

  1. I'm reviewing a Petr Horáček book right now! Spooky! I also thought of the VHCaterpillar when looking at the illustrations too. Spooky! #readwithme

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    1. I love Petr Horacek's illustrations. We have Elephant and it is the best elephant illustration ever (oh but what about Elmer?!). Ok it is one of the best Elephant illustrations ever :)

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  2. Children always love a story where the characters are naughty so this greedy goat story looks great.
    I love your picture of Tilly too.
    #readiwthme

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    1. Thanks Suz. You are right my kids love it when the main characters are a bit mischievous!

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  3. Sounds like plenty to be learnt whilst reading this one. Thanks for sharing with #ReadWIthMe

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  4. I love finding new authors and I hadnt heard about Petr Horacek or his greedy goat. Definitely one I think Little B will enjoy and hopefully not too long as I am currently having to do THREE bedtime stories! #Readwithme

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    1. I have to limit them to one as it takes me so long to get them all ready these days (although we quite often have it twice!)

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  5. This looks like a gorgeous book and what funny memories of your pet goat to share with your children :)
    #readwithme

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    1. Gorgeous book yes and perfect for us!

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