School Library Journal
Little Goose is reminded by balls, puddles, bubbles, and even the letter "O" of something that makes his eyes go round and round and evokes in him feelings of comfort and coziness. But just what do they remind him of? With his mother's encouragement and support, the gosling braves the big world to find out. While he meets new friends on his adventure, it isn't until he returns home to her warm embrace that he knows the answer. Soft colored-pencil illustrations fill the spreads with gentle images of the natural world, while the words provide reassuring repetition and rhyme. This is a perfect bedtime story for young readers, who will cheer Little Goose on through his quest and rejoice at his reunion with his mother.-Kim T. Ha, Elkridge Branch Library, MD
Downy yellow goose explores his small universe. Full of curiosity and excited by all the things around him at the beach, Little Goose sees 8s and os; they "make his eyes go walking, 'round and 'round without ever stopping" and remind him of something that makes him comfy and happy-but what? When Mama gives him an enigmatic response, Little Goose sets off with a waddle and a wiggle in search of the answer himself (though all his wanderings remain under Mama's watchful eye as she swims in the distance). The turtle, the frog and the mouse all share the sources of their happiness. When Goose gets temporarily stuck in the mouse's hole, it sends him waddling back to Mama, and he finally remembers his happy place: her soft wing. Apple's full-bleed colored-pencil illustrations add appropriate warmth and gentleness to Mraz's fable, which, although more than a little precious in its contrivance and hardly original in presentation, is nevertheless in tune with a young target audience. (Picture book. 3-6)
From the Publisher
Review, Genesee Valley Parent, May 1, 2010:
"Celebrating the special bond between mother and child, and full of fun rhymes and colorful illustrations, this book is perfect for reading aloud this Mother's Day!"
"It’s hard to imagine a cozier story....Idealistically rendered in whisper-soft pencil, the book has an old-fashioned appeal; except for one zany spread of Little Goose crammed into a mouse hole, the perspectives are kept as regular and soothing as the text. Occasional words in boldface, like Little Goose’s refrain of 'Hoinkle-oinkle!'make this a fun read-aloud option."