Silly Goose's Big Story

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Friends and imagination save the day

Goose's friends love the stories he makes up when they're playing. Except one thing - Goose is always the hero. And when they ask to take turns leading the fun, Goose doesn't agree. While they argue about it, no one notices the hungry wolf sneaking up on them until he shouts, "Hello, Lunch!"

This real-life danger shows Goose how silly he's been and that his friends make ...

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Overview

Friends and imagination save the day

Goose's friends love the stories he makes up when they're playing. Except one thing - Goose is always the hero. And when they ask to take turns leading the fun, Goose doesn't agree. While they argue about it, no one notices the hungry wolf sneaking up on them until he shouts, "Hello, Lunch!"

This real-life danger shows Goose how silly he's been and that his friends make terrific heroes!

Always a surefire hit on laps or at storytime, Keiko Kasza's latest shows how imagination can come in handy in an unexpected way.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As she did in Ready for Anything! (2009), Kasza uses spirited animal characters to address a familiar childhood conundrum. Hogging center stage is Goose, an excellent storyteller who makes up entertaining stories that he and his friends act out. But Goose always snags the leading role, from the fiercest pirate captain to the scariest T. Rex. After Goose tells the tale of a “mighty king” (“And who got to play the king, the mightiest of all? Why, Goose, of course”), Beaver, Porcupine, and Squirrel finally pipe up, asking why they can’t take turns being the star. “They are my stories, so I’m the hero,” Goose replies bossily. Enter an uninvited player: ravenous Wolf, who grabs Goose, shouting, “Hello, lunch!” While Goose attempts to use his skill as raconteur to scare off Wolf, Goose’s clever friends get the job done, landing in the spotlight at last. The story’s energy originates from both the comedic dialogue and expressive gouache pictures of the personable cast. Goose accepts his comeuppance amiably, declaring his pals the real heroes. Ages 3–5. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Sara Lorimer
Goose and his friends Beaver, Porcupine, and Squirrel play make-believe every day, with Goose coming up with the stories—and always starring in them. When they are pirates, Goose is the captain. When they are dinosaurs, Goose is the T. Rex. The other animals tell Goose that they would like to take turns being the hero, but Goose refuses. "?That's selfish,' said his friends. But Goose wouldn't give in." While the animals are bickering Wolf sneaks up on them, shouts "Hello, lunch!" and nabs Goose while the other animals run away. Goose tells Wolf a story—"the biggest story he ever told,"—about the thousands of wolves who used to live on the mountain until they were all eaten by the Wolf-Eating Monster...and that the monster, called Wem, has returned. The wolf is worried but not convinced, but then trees start shaking, Goose and Wolf hear footsteps in the distance, and then "spikes of hair appeared above the treetops." A voice shouts "YUM, YUM, I smell a wolf..." and Wolf takes off running, leaving Goose behind. Goose is scared but—phew!—it was Squirrel shaking the trees, Beaver making the footsteps, and Porcupine providing the "hair." The animals realize that they finally got to play the heroes—and even to be the heroes, as they had saved Goose. While it thankfully isn't spelled out, the lesson of teamwork is clear, and Goose seems to have learned to let his friends sometimes be the heroes in the stories he comes up with. The illustrations are conventional but fine, especially for showing the emotions the animals have that the adult reading the story might want to discuss. It could be used as part of a lesson on friendship, sharing, bravery, or teamwork, or just enjoyed as a story. Reviewer: Sara Lorimer
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Goose is great at making up adventures but he always casts himself as the star, to the chagrin of his friends, who demand their time in the spotlight. The argument is interrupted when a hungry wolf kidnaps Goose. Using his quick wits and storytelling talent, he stalls for time until his pals come to the rescue. The happy animals are finally heroes, and Goose realizes the value of having great friends. Kasza's bright gouache illustrations are mostly spreads, featuring expressive cartoon animals. Though slightly didactic, this upbeat story can serve as a jumping-off point for discussions about friendship and selflessness, and deserves a spot in most collections.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Goose's friends beg him to tell them his wonderful stories, which they then act out when they play. The trouble is, Goose is always the hero. Text appears in an easy-to-read font for those who are taking their first steps toward independent reading. The gouache illustrations are big, colorful and uncluttered so youngsters immediately recognize Squirrel, Beaver and Porcupine's increasing unhappiness at playing second-string all the time. In a scene right out of preschool, the trio confronts Goose: "You always play the hero. Why can't we take turns?" A wolf overhears them arguing, and, in a shift that feels more like real-life stranger-danger than fairy-tale big bad wolf, he leaps out to eat them. Goose's friends escape, but Goose is caught and must use his wits to stay alive. He comes up with his biggest tale ever about a Wem--Wolf-Eating Monster--which the trusted trio enacts, surprising even Goose. Branches shake and a voice bellows (represented in big balloon type), "YUM, YUM, I smell a wolf …" Wolf bolts, and Goose is relieved to see his friends--true heroes--emerging from the trees. Children will relish the scene of the happy reunion with a grateful Goose, who begins a new story about his best friends. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399255427
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 977,229
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Keiko Kasza

Keiko Kasza lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

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