Look Out, Suzy Goose

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Children are sure to smile as Suzy sets off to the woods in search of peace and quiet — cluelessly evading a trail of hungry critters in her wake.

One afternoon all the geese are honking — except Suzy Goose, who is heading off to escape the noise. Suzy loves being alone in the woods, but the fox (TIPTOE), the wolf (CREEP, CREEP), and the bear (PAD, PAD) on her trail have other things in mind! Bold, energetic illustrations follow Suzy on a suspenseful adventure, saved by a funny ...

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Overview

Children are sure to smile as Suzy sets off to the woods in search of peace and quiet — cluelessly evading a trail of hungry critters in her wake.

One afternoon all the geese are honking — except Suzy Goose, who is heading off to escape the noise. Suzy loves being alone in the woods, but the fox (TIPTOE), the wolf (CREEP, CREEP), and the bear (PAD, PAD) on her trail have other things in mind! Bold, energetic illustrations follow Suzy on a suspenseful adventure, saved by a funny near-miss that sends her back to her flock.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1- In this sequel to Silly Suzy Goos e (Candlewick, 2006), Suzy Goose again finds herself feeling dissatisfied with her life. The incessant honking of her fellow geese sends her flip-flopping to the woods to find a quiet respite. "But Suzy Goose was not alone." Soon she is unwittingly pursued by a fox, a wolf, and a bear-tiptoeing, creeping, and padding behind her, until the hoot of a noisy owl startles away the predators, ruining their dinner plans. Visually stimulating mixed-media illustrations, including textured paints and paper collage, evoke those fundamental emotions often found in stories involving the fabled "woods"-intense red signals danger while predominant blacks and grays represent fear and unawareness. Suzy Goose's stalkers act unnaturally as animals (e.g., the bear hunts other large predators), but they function perfectly as symbols for a spectrum of childhood apprehensions. Despite its mildly scary content, this book is amusing, relatively short, and overall suitable for younger children. Nonetheless, it should probably be read well before bedtime.-Madeline Walton-Hadlock, San Jose Public Library, CA

Kirkus Reviews
All the geese are honking, but Suzy Goose, of Silly Suzy Goose (2006), just wants a little peace and quiet. She escapes to the tranquil-seeming woods, her big orange feet flipping and flopping-a sound effect captured in ink-stamped capital letters. Once Suzy's among the trees, the angry red-orange forest, painted in thickly textured brushstrokes, signals anything but paradise found. Sure enough, here comes a hungry fox, and behind him, a green-eyed, scratched-pencil mess of a wolf. A bear greedily eyes the parading trio of delicacies and tails them. Oblivious to the danger, Suzy is so happy finally to be at peace that she honks loudly. A sleeping owl screeches awake, Suzy's trackers run scared and, in an inspired line, "Suzy ducked." If there's a lesson here, it's "Don't run away from home; it's bound to be worse elsewhere." Otherwise, it's a lightly suspenseful read-aloud in which the colors and texture of the strangely beautiful mixed-media illustrations communicate as much, and often more, than the words. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763638030
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/22/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD290L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Petr Horacek is the creator of SILLY SUZY GOOSE and several other children’s picture books and novelty titles. He lives in England.

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