Once Upon a Goat (Hardcover)
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9781524773748, 40pp.
Publication Date: August 27, 2019
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Library Binding (8/27/2019)
Fall 2019 Kids Indie Next List
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Once upon a time, a very prim and proper king and queen begged their fairy godmother for a child. They'd prefer a boy, with glowing skin, bright eyes, and two roses for lips . . . but any kid will do. When they find themselves gifted with a baby goat (also known as a kid) instead, they can't imagine how he'll fit into their lives. But of course, it isn't long before he's part of the royal family.
Readers will delight in this story's hilarity, confusion, and celebration of families that come in every shape and size.
"A fresh, amusing, kindhearted picture book."--Booklist, Starred review
"With its gentle morals of acceptance, not judging by appearances, and being open to outcomes different than expectations, this is a lovely family read-aloud."--Kirkus
"The contrast between the royal couple's once-ordered existence and the cheerful mess at book's end is very funny, and the message about acceptance and the expanded definition of family is a bonus."--Horn Book
About the Author
Dan loves telling stories and talking about the craft of writing. School visits make him happy. He lives with his family in Bothell, WA. Learn more about Dan at danrichardsbooks.com or on Twitter at @author_dan.
Eric Barclay is an illustrator, designer, and the author of I Can See Just Fine (Abrams), Hiding Phil (Scholastic), and Counting Dogs (Scholastic). Classic cartoons, modern art, mid-century design, and everyday mishaps heavily influence his style. He's had the privilege of illustrating for Abrams, American Greetings, Disneyland Paris, Hallmark, Highlights magazine, Friend magazine, Scholastic, Westin Kids Club, Papyrus, and many others. He lives in Texas with his wife, two daughters, a dog, and two cats. Learn more about Eric and his work at EricBarclay.com or on Twitter at @EricBarclay.