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Mr. Goat's Valentine by [Eve Bunting, Kevin Zimmer]
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"[...] Mr. Goat s Valentine is a sweet little book that offers a unique twist to a really old tradition, and as such, it may easily become a holiday favorite. The prose is as spot-on for its k-2 audience as it is hilarious, especially the references to the foul-smelling eggs that have been rotting to perfection for the last two years." - Picture Book Depot

"[...] Zimmer playfully emphasizes the story s gross-out moments in his exaggerated, vibrantly colored illustrations, and Bunting keeps the target of Mr. Goat s affections secret until the final page. Suffice it to say that mothers will be happier to receive this book than, say, a box of black and oozing rotten eggs" - Publishers Weekly --Picture Book Depot

Mr. Goat gathers everything he will need to show his first love just how much she means to him. Part of the fun in Bunting's latest is the dichotomy between what Mr. Goat chooses as gifts and what child readers would choose. Miss Nanny Goat's weed stall is the caprine equivalent of a flower seller's stand; Goat requests a mixed bouquet of "Crabgrass, pigweeds, and ragweed in that nice, rusty can." At Mr. Pygmy-Little Goat's stand, he picks up four rotten eggs, "Guaranteed foul and disgusting." The icing on the cake is the red heart-shaped box these are packed in, tied with a red ribbon. Miss Skunk provides a little cologne for Goat so he'll smell as good as his eggs, but she also points out his lack of a card. This brings him up short, and he sits under a tree to compose a song for his love instead. Ready at last, he stops at her door and starts singing. When the door opens, adult readers will not be surprised as to the identity of Goat's first love, but children might be. Zimmer's digital illustrations are full of rich, bright colors. While a few items are textured and appear 3-D (Goat's hat and pants, the rusty can), most are flat and cartoonish, including the characters. Readers who have sought out their own perfect gifts will recognize the emotions that play across his face. A not-so-sweet-smelling Valentine treat. (Picture book. 4-7) --Kirkus Reviews

Apparently in the goat world, typical Valentine s Day offerings are not chocolates and fragrant flower arrangements in lovely vases, but rather rotten eggs (the older the better) and weeds in cans (the rustier the better). Mr. Goat is on the search for a valentine for his first love and picks items he thinks will be just right: two-year-old eggs and a bouquet of crabgrass, pigweed, and ragweed. As he proceeds along the way, he adds to his appeal with a squirt of Eau de Skunk from Miss Skunk and stops to compose a song. His first love turns out to be his mother, and, of course, she is delighted with the gifts. The brief text and the large, bright, and uncluttered illustrations make this a natural choice for a Valentine s Day read-aloud. While the goats are entranced by the rotten eggs, the audience s response to the sight of green eggs oozing a black liquid, complete with wavy stink lines, will probably be loud ewws which makes this all the more fun! - Booklist

It s Valentine s Day, and Goat sets off to find the perfect gift for his first love. Nothing says I love you to a goat more than a tin can filled with ragweed salad, two-year-old rotten eggs, and the aroma of skunk-scented perfume. When Goat realizes that he does not have a card, he struggles to come up with one more thing to make the gift complete. He s deep in thought under a shady tree when the answer miraculously comes to him. It s a surprise that young listeners will enjoy. Bunting has written a sweet story for Valentine s Day or any other day of the year. This is a fun read-aloud for older preschool-age children. While the tale is not complex, it is endearing and amusing. Children will delight in the variety of gifts Goat selects all through the story. They will also enjoy predicting the secret identity of Goat s first love. Zimmer s large, vibrant cartoonlike illustrations complement the story and its characters. Readers will be drawn to their eyes, which are sizable and full of expression. VERDICT A great holiday addition. Barbara Spiri, Southborough Library, MA - School Library Journal --Editorial Reviews --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Eve Bunting has written more than two hundred books for young readers, including The Baby Shower, The Wedding, and Smoky Night, the winner of the 1995 Caldecott Medal. Her books are often about important social issues. Born in Ireland, she now lives in California. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0119QS8AM
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sleeping Bear Press (1 February 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 30242 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
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