Scapegoat

The story of a goat named Oat and a chewed-up coat

By Dean Hale; Michael Slack (Illustrator)
(Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Hardcover, 9781599904689, 32pp.)

Publication Date: June 21, 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2011 Kids' Next List
“Poor Oat the Goat gets blamed for everything at Jimmy Choat's house. That's because Jimmy's parents don't understand the language of goat. It takes kindly neighbor Bert Sproat to sort out who is causing trouble and who is the real scapegoat. Silly rhymes combine with funny illustrations to create a fun read-aloud with a charming lesson in good behavior.”
-- Anne Holman, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT


Description

In the Choat family, you never have to look hard to find a culprit. Missing TV remote? Blame the goat! Lost coat? Keys in the moat? Broken boat? Blame the goat!


But don't be surprised if the goat doesn't take it lying down. In this hilarious, rhyme-happy picture book, children will love to pore over the funny illustrations, picking up clues that all is not as it seems between Jimmy Choat and the goat, Petunia P. Oat. Because Petunia knows who's really to blame, and before long the whole family will too!




About the Author

DEAN HALE is the coauthor of the award-winning graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack. This is his picture book debut. He lives in Utah with his wife and coauthor, Shannon, and their children.
www.dreadcrumbs.com

MICHAEL SLACK's illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, advertisements, and on television. His previous picture books include My Life as a Chicken and Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry.
www.slackart.com




Praise For Scapegoat

"The wordplay here is enjoyable—and there is a neat double comeuppance at the end… Slack’s Photoshop/collage artwork is attractively involving… readers will all be rooting for P. Petunia.." —Kirkus

"The colorful cartoon illustrations and the sheer wackiness of the story will likely appeal to young readers and listeners. Teachers planning lessons on the "oa" sound will definitely want to check this book out." —SLJ

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