Escape Goat

Escape Goat
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September 22, 2020
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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 children’s story about a scapegoat who escapes blame just in time.

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.

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charming and fun book about honesty
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ESCAPE GOAT is an adorable picture book that ultimately teaches about scapegoating and the need for honesty. The goat lives with the Farmers and is happy in his pen, but he wants to meet other animals and find new adventures, so he keeps sneaking out to explore. Every time he does, it seems that he is making a mess! However, Nicolette notices that other people are actually doing the things that they blame on Escape Goat. At the end, the truth comes out, and everyone confesses to their own misdeeds.

What I loved: The illustrations in this book are detailed, realistic, and truly lovely. Each page is filled with color and all sorts of details that make it really special. The book teaches a simple concept through a funny story (escape goat = scapegoat), and the ultimate lesson is of taking responsibility for one's own actions and being honest. The humor and silliness throughout add some fun for young readers who will empathize with the characters- and the delightfully cheerful escape goat (who is quite crafty at getting out of his pen).

Final verdict: Colorful, charming, and delightfully fun, ESCAPE GOAT is a great picture book for preschool through elementary school-aged readers. Whether learning about honesty or just enjoying fun books, this is a great one to pick up and share.
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