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I can see the airport goats and I can see their cases.

But can you count the pilot goats with goggles on their faces?

This hilarious count-to-ten book features goats of all shapes, sizes, hobbies, and professions—and each spread gives readers a delightful opportunity to count the funny four-legged creatures. Acclaimed author Mem Fox’s ...
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Overview

I can see the airport goats and I can see their cases.

But can you count the pilot goats with goggles on their faces?

This hilarious count-to-ten book features goats of all shapes, sizes, hobbies, and professions—and each spread gives readers a delightful opportunity to count the funny four-legged creatures. Acclaimed author Mem Fox’s renowned humor and infectious rhyme merge with celebrated illustrator Jan Thomas’s bold and brilliant illustrations to make this an instant goat-by-numbers classic.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This animated counting book uses irreverent couplets and a screwball cast of goats for its humor. As if Thomas's goats weren't entertaining enough just to look at (and they are), Fox (Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes) pairs random and often mischievous goat activities with invitations for readers to count the wide-eyed animals. "Here we see a fireman goat climbing through the smoke./ But can we count the RESCUED goats trying not to choke?" And when the narrator says, "Here we see an over goat. And this one's going under," a page turn reveals the question, "But can we count the CROSSING goats, terrified of thunder?" (The goats are seen nervously rowing a boat during a storm.) Thomas (the Dust Bunny books) sets her taupe goats against bright, solid backdrops; whether they are pricking up their ears, jumping off monkey bars, huddled in the snow, or blasting their trumpets, they exude personality and slapstick humor. The only number that shows up in the text is "one," (the book goes up to 10), giving kids the opportunity to practice counting without any hints. Ages 2–6. (Oct.)
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"The traditional counting format receives a charming update as playfully expressive goats mimic human behavior...Fox, an early-literacy specialist to the core, gets each rhyme just right...Thomas’s trademark digital spreads provide punch through chunky, dark outlines and zany off-kilter expressions...These wacky goats guarantee a goofy good time."—Kirkus Reviews

"Bright electric colors outlined in thick black create just the right look to attract very young readers, who are also often just learning to count...providing a fun learning opportunity for kids with varying skill sets." — Booklist

"This animated counting book uses irreverent couplets and a screwball cast of goats for its humor. As if Thomas's goats weren't entertaining enough just to look at (and they are), Fox (Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes) pairs random and often mischievous goat activities with invitations for readers to count the wide-eyed animals." —Publishers Weekly

"Who could resist the invitation to count goats? Not the audience for this book, who will gleefully follow the rhyming text as it describes goats in various habitats and situations...This will make a spirited step up for those youngsters who’ve mastered counting along and want to show off their independent skills." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
The Australian writer Fox has produced another eccentrically clever but perplexing book, this one a rhyming counting book that features goats in unexpected places and activities. Some goats are at the seaside; others, drinking, revolving in an airline baggage carousel (eating the suitcases), piloting planes, jumping off monkey bars, tooting trumpets, playing in the sandbox, mowing the grass (by munching it, of course), throwing snowballs, putting out fires, playing soccer, and driving recklessly. The invitation to this mayhem is the repeated question, "can we count?" The reason for this inquiry relates to the novel—but not entirely satisfying—structure of the book. The book opens with a single goat on each of one or two pages of the first three spreads—that is, with no counting whatsoever. Thereafter, before most additive groupings of goats, from two goats onward, an illustration appears of a single goat. Thus, after five individual goats, the counting proceeds from one goat to two; then, back to one and onward to three; then, back to and onward to four, etc. Even this confusing arrangement is complicated by an exception when two goats appear between four and five. The black-outlined illustrations are appealingly simple but counting the goats in them will require an adult's constant guidance. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
School Library Journal
PreS-K—The title says it all. Fox and Thomas draw viewers in through catchy phrases and amusing pictures of goats that appear in a variety of shapes, sizes, and numbers. As they romp across the bright, colorful pages, their antics will make children giggle; more importantly, the text encourages listeners to look carefully at what is happening. For example, the number of goats increases as the pages turn, and the author's questions concerning them will motivate viewers to examine the images and figure out the answers. A clever counting lesson.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
Kirkus Reviews

The traditional counting format receives a charming update as playfully expressive goats mimic human behavior. While these floppy-eared, flat-nosed animals may play the trumpet or throw a snowball, the lure of hot sandcastles or crunchy umbrella stands prove delicious distractions for the frisky friends. The lilting rhymes nicely capture the building energy. As the growing menagerie frolics across each page, pointed questions encourage audience participation. "Here we see a soccer goat roaring at the ref! / But can we count the CHEERING goats who must be going deaf?" Fox, an early-literacy specialist to the core, gets each rhyme just right, though this hasn't the sublime predictability of her spectacular Where Is the Green Sheep? (illustrated by Judy Horacek, 2004). Thomas's trademark digital spreads provide punch through chunky, dark outlines and zany off-kilter expressions: The slant of an eyebrow or the turn of an ear--not to mention all those beards--makes for some seriously funny faces. The distinctive Grenadine type, which allows each all-uppercase word to pop dramatically, suits the bold backdrops. These wacky goats guarantee a goofy good time. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442436817
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Mem Fox is an educator and international literacy expert, and her many acclaimed picture books for young children include Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!; Hello Baby!; Baby Bedtime; the bestselling modern classics Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and Time for Bed; and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia. Visit her at MemFox.net.
Jan Thomas is the illustrator of Let’s Count Goats! by Mem Fox, as well as her own Is Everyone Ready for Fun?, Rhyming Dust Bunnies, Here Comes the Big, Mean Dust Bunny, and Can You Make a Scary Face? She lives with her family in Socorro, New Mexico. Visit her at JanThomasBooks.com.
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