Scapegoat Cover


The Story of a Goat Named Oat and a Chewed-Up Coat

By Dean Hale; Michael Slack (Illustrator)

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Hardcover, 9781599904689, 24pp.

Publication Date: June 21, 2011


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
Deean Hale (along with his wife Shannon) are the award-winning husband and wife team behind "The Princess in Black." illustrated by LeUyen Pham.

Michael Slack is the illustrator of Nugget and Fang by Tammi Sauer, Edgar Allan Poe's Pie by J. PatrickLewis, and manyother picture books. Helives in Lafayette, California. Visit his website at

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