Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Mary Ann Hoberman and Nadine Bernard Westcott team up for another rousing rendition of a popular children's chant, Bill Grogan's Goat. "Bill Grogan's Goat Was feeling fine Ate three red shirts Right off the line." Westcott's watercolor-and-ink illustrations show the fashion hungry farm animal hopping a freight train and offering the shirts to his barnyard brethren. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Mary Ann Hoberman has written the story of Bill Grogan's Goat with music, as a child's sing-along. After the goat eats red shirts off Bill Grogan's clothesline, he is tied to the railroad tracks as punishment. Bill Grogan's Goat coughs up the shirts to get a train conductor's attention and to avoid being run over. The conductor then welcomes the goat aboard the train where he meets a sheep, a pig, and a cow. At first glance, the goat confuses all of these animals with furniture, so, as a form of forgiveness, he gives each animal one of his red shirts. The sheep, pig, and cow wear their red shirts to dinner where they eat all of the dinner that the conductor serves, dirtying their red shirts and not leaving any food for Bill Grogan's Goat. The red shirts must be washed and hung on the clothesline to dry. Read the story to find out what the hungry little goat eats for dinner and how he becomes happy after his long day on the train. Hoberman uses rhyming words to create a catchy tune, an easy read, and a funny story. The sheet music is included at the beginning of the story to allow readers to sing along with the words. 2002, Little Brown and Company,
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In a jaunty and humorous version of the familiar song, a goat ends up tied to the railroad tracks after he eats three of Bill Grogan's red shirts. Fortunately, he coughs them up and uses them to flag down the train. Welcomed aboard by the engineer, the goat proceeds to upset the other animals on the train and gives each of them a shirt to make amends. The engineer serves up a terrific meal, but the goat never gets a bite because the sheep, the pig, and the cow are so bad-mannered and finish the meal wearing as much of the food as they ate. The shirts are washed and hung on the line and the goat finds them irresistible once again. The rhyme moves merrily along, succinctly describing the comic scenes that unfold. The zany cartoon illustrations capture the spirit of the story and draw readers into the action. The characters are expressive whether licking their lips or showing their indignation. Children may be inspired to create their own verse about this frisky billy goat's next adventure. A good choice for reading aloud or singing along.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Keeping the rhythm and rhyme of the familiar song, Hoberman (The Looking Book, below, etc.) updates and extends its ending. When his goat eats his newly laundered shirts, Bill Grogan punishes him by tying him to the railroad track. The clever goat manages to cough up the shirts just in time to flag the train. And there begins his newest adventure. The engineer invites him to come along for a ride, but he offends one animal passenger after another as he sits on them, mistaking them for furniture. He gives away his red shirts to make amends, but at lunchtime, the pig, sheep, and cow have such terrible manners that not only does the goat not get anything to eat, but the shirts become a filthy mess. When the engineer demands they clean up, the three dutifully comply. In a familiar ending, those red shirts drying on the line are just too much temptation for the goat. The pastel illustrations will have readers smiling at the accident-prone goat. The opening scene really sets the stage, with Bill Grogan hanging wash while the goat lounges in a lawn chair. Around them are the trappings typical of hillbilly yards: an old wringer washer outside, a clothes line with red long johns flapping in the breeze, hubcaps as stepping stones leading to a dilapidated house, and a tree growing out of an old rubber tire. Westcott's (She Did It, p. 104, etc.) characters are full of life, and their emotions are plain from their facial expressions and gestures. A humorous continuation of a childhood favorite . . . and a tune that readers will be hard-pressed to get out of their heads. (Picture book. 3-8)