Scapegoat: The Story of a Goat Named Oat and a Chewed-Up Coat

Scapegoat: The Story of a Goat Named Oat and a Chewed-Up Coat

by Dean Hale, Michael Slack
     
 

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In the Choat family, you never have to look hard to find a culprit. Missing TV remote? Blame the goat! Lost coat? Keys in the moat? Broken boat? Blame the goat!

But don't be surprised if the goat doesn't take it lying down. In this hilarious, rhyme-happy picture book, children will love to pore over the funny illustrations, picking up clues that all is not as it

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In the Choat family, you never have to look hard to find a culprit. Missing TV remote? Blame the goat! Lost coat? Keys in the moat? Broken boat? Blame the goat!

But don't be surprised if the goat doesn't take it lying down. In this hilarious, rhyme-happy picture book, children will love to pore over the funny illustrations, picking up clues that all is not as it seems between Jimmy Choat and the goat, Petunia P. Oat. Because Petunia knows who's really to blame, and before long the whole family will too!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
The title of this volume reveals most of the plot: The Choat family has a pet goat named Patsy Petunia Oat who is blamed for all the mayhem committed by the son, Jimmy. The positive elements of the text are those that repeat the "oat" sound with such frequency that young readers or listeners will surely recognize the syllable when next they see it. The font is bold and easy to read, which is also a plus. There is some humor in a slapstick sort of a way. However, the negatives, in this reviewer's opinion, outweigh the positives. Jimmy is the real villain in this story of misrepresentation of truth and the poor goat gets the blame for all the lying child's misdeeds. Stacking up on the negative side, also, is the play to the baser nature of young readers. Such scenes as green muck in Mama's tote where Jimmy has blown his nose, of course denying that he did, and the unfortunate illness of Jimmy which results in his "passing gas from a bad piece of bass that he ate the night past" seem pointless as well as crass. Illustrations are sharp and angular, reflecting tension and struggle, which are appropriate for the text, but do not make for a pleasant visual experience for the target audience. Eventually, Jimmy gets his comeuppance, and the goat...gloats. Reviewer: Janice DeLong
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Pity poor Patsy Petunia Oat, the misunderstood goat at the heart of this tale. Every time young Jimmy Choat misbehaves, he pins the blame on her. And though Patsy tells Jimmy's parents that Jimmy was the one who threw away the TV remote, broke the baby's toy, and blew his nose in his mother's purse, no one else in the house speaks or understands the language of goats. When the next-door neighbor, who happens to know Goat, gets wind of the situation, he steps in to interpret, and justice is served. Though the text sometimes overreaches in its attempts to find rhymes for "goat" (after all, how many contemporary kids will get a reference to The Love Boat?), the colorful cartoon illustrations and the sheer wackiness of the story will likely appeal to young readers and listeners. Teachers planning lessons on the "oa" sound will definitely want to check this book out.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599904696
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
06/21/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

DEAN HALE is the coauthor of the award-winning graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack. This is his picture book debut. He lives in Utah with his wife and coauthor, Shannon, and their children.
www.dreadcrumbs.com

MICHAEL SLACK's illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, advertisements, and on television. His previous picture books include My Life as a Chicken and Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry.
www.slackart.com

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