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Escape Goat

Ann Patchett, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator)


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Fall 2020 Kids Indie Next List

“Have you ever been blamed for someone else’s mistake? That’s just what keeps happening to the curious little goat who lives on the very same farm as the dear little lambs who wanted a ‘lambslide.’ The goat is so curious about the world outside his pen, he constantly escapes to explore, roll down the hill, taste new things, and make new friends. Whenever he escapes, he becomes the scapegoat for a burned pie, a spilled paint bucket, trampled petunias, and even bubble gum left on a chair! The farmer’s daughter comes to the rescue and proves everyone has been blaming the goat instead of admitting their mistakes. What a fun way to explore the valuable lesson of honesty and taking responsibility. This delightful story comes to life with cheerful and detailed illustrations by Robin Preiss Glasser, and will undoubtedly spark laughter and learning in young children.”
— Patricia Donmoyer, White Rabbit Children's Books and Gifts, Leonardtown, MD
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From the international bestselling author of Bel Canto and The Dutch House, Ann Patchett, and the bestselling illustrator of the Fancy Nancy series, Robin Preiss Glasser, comes a hilarious and heartwarming story about a goat who keeps getting all the blame, but ultimately teaches one family about the importance of honesty and owning up to your mistakes.

The Farmer family has a big problem! Every day their goat escapes, and every day, Mr. Farmer brings him back. So when things start to go awry on the farm, it must be the goat’s fault.

Who’s to blame when Mrs. Farmer’s petunias are trampled?

Or when all the cupcakes for Archie’s party disappear?

And when the whole bucket of paint is spilled?

Of course, everyone blames the goat! But is it really his fault?

Find out in this epic collaboration between Ann Patchett and Robin Preiss Glasser, who create this perfect picture book about telling the truth.

Praise For Escape Goat

"In this follow-up to Lambslide, Patchett and Glasser return to the Farmers’ busy farm. This time, the focus is a happy-go-lucky unnamed goat who’s a serial escapee…The lesson here, delivered with the lightest of touches, is serious and unmistakable: justice, and goat justice in particular, will prevail."
Publishers Weekly

"...The visual jokes [are] made evident in Glasser’s exuberant ink-and-watercolor cartoons. The humans, the animals, and the farm itself are delightfully represented. Humorous, engaging illustrations support an…amusing tale."
Kirkus Reviews

"Patchett and Glasser follow up their first collaboration, Lambslide (2019), with another punny picture book…Readers will enjoy the silliness and the endearing illustrations from beloved Fancy Nancy (2005) illustrator Glasser, who truly captures the story’s chaotic energy. A fun book for kids of all species."

HarperCollins, 9780062883391, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 22, 2020

About the Author

ANN PATCHETT is the author of seven novels, The Patron Saint of LiarsTaftThe Magician’s AssistantBel CantoRunState of Wonder, and Commonwealth. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006, and has written three books of nonfiction, Truth & Beauty, about her friendship with the writer, Lucy Grealy, What now? an expansion of her graduation address at Sarah Lawrence College, and, most recently, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, a collection of essays.


Robin Preiss Glasser actually wore tiaras and tutus when she danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet. Now she happily spends her days in jeans, drawing. She has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including the bestselling Fancy Nancy series. She won the Children’s Choice Award for Best Illustrator of the Year for Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet. Robin and her family live in Southern California.