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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
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.comMICHAEL 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."

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