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The Bully Goat Grim: A Maynard Moose Tale

The Bully Goat Grim: A Maynard Moose Tale

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by Willy Claflin
This hilarious Maynard Moose tale as retold by master storyteller Willy Claflin takes us on another whimsical journey with the misadventures of a Bully Goat who suffers from Random Hostility Syndrome. The Bully Goat clashes with a three headed troll “fambly” and is undone by a baby girl troll when she suddenly realizes that, “…everybody ought


This hilarious Maynard Moose tale as retold by master storyteller Willy Claflin takes us on another whimsical journey with the misadventures of a Bully Goat who suffers from Random Hostility Syndrome. The Bully Goat clashes with a three headed troll “fambly” and is undone by a baby girl troll when she suddenly realizes that, “…everybody ought to mess with him!” Her inspiration leads to a confrontation with the Bully Goat using only a pillow and three raggedy old bed sheets. After she cleverly outwits the Bully Goat, all of the forest animals follow her example and the threat of the bully is eliminated. Fortunately, everyone lives happily for “never afterwords” except for the Bully Goat since nobody likes a “dubnoxious beastly”. A Moose-English Glossary is included along with Hoofnotes to help guide you through the translation. This latest fractured fairy tale from the Piney Woods marks the third collaboration from the creative team who brought you the 2011 Texas Bluebonnet Award winning book, The Uglified Ducky and the award winning Rapunzel & the Seven Dwarfs. James Stimson has worked his magic once again with his eclectic stylized illustrations that depict the humor of the offbeat trolls and capture the joy of the forest animals inhabiting the Piney Woods.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—With a storyteller's voice and a wry sense of humor, this offering turns "Three Billy Goats Gruff" on its head. Suffering from Random Hostility Syndrome, Bully Goat Grim enjoys tossing little furry "amunals" over the tops of trees with his big, boney head. When he encounters a "fambly" of trolls living under a bridge on his way to the upland pasture, he bellows, "Beware, beware, the Bully Goat Grim!/Nobody better not mess with him!" While Daddy's and Mommy's multiple heads get bogged down in arguing with one another about how best to deal with the "dubnoxious" creature, the baby figures out that there's a double negative in that threat and finds a satisfying solution to the goat's head butting. Transcribing the Piney Woods dialect of narrator Maynard Moose into readable text requires some "displain[ing]," so there is a glossary of "Moose Words" and several "Grown-up Words" (e.g., "soporific," "synergistic"), and therein lies the only weakness of this book. For while Moose language is fairly simple to understand as a sort of fractured English, the Grown-up Words and concepts weigh down the text and make the audience for this title less clear. Certainly as a read-aloud, or listening to the CD provided, there is plenty to enjoy in this folksy tale, but as a book children would read on their own, it is less successful. Fortunately, the colorful illustrations carry the story along and make everything funnier, from stern-looking Bully Goat Grim and his humongous horns to the green-headed trolls. For collections in which fractured folktales are appreciated.—Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Storytellers and Maynard Moose–lovers celebrate! There's a wonderfully wacky new folksy tale for you. Maynard (Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs, 2011, etc.) tells of Bully Goat Grim, a goat who is suffering from "Random Hostility Syndrome," which causes him to lower his horns and head-butt cute, fluffy forest creatures. The kindly, though strange, troll family that lives under the bridge takes his challenge--"Beware, beware, the Bully Goat Grim! / Nobody better not mess with him!"--personally, but neither daddy troll nor mommy troll can decide on a way of dealing with the interloper. Luckily, baby troll knows her grammar and comes up with a clever plan that thwarts the goat's meanness and uses his Random Hostility Syndrome as a source of entertainment. The moral? Learn your grammar and "demember-- / nobody likes a dubnoxious beasty." Claflin peppers his tale with such moose-isms as distremely and angrify, and his Northern Piney Woods amunals include busterflies. There is also some impressive vocabulary on display--trajectory, apogee, process, soporific, synergistic--and, of course, the whole concept of the double negative is at the heart of baby troll's solution. Stimson's illustrations are as droll as ever, his characters full of personality, and spreads that are packed with details will require repeat readings to uncover them all. Between the moose dialect and the story's twist, this may not be one of your grandmother's tales, but even she won't be able to resist a few chuckles. Hysterical. (audio CD) (Fractured fairy tale. 7-12)

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August House Publishers, Inc.
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8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.20(d)
920L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Willy Claflin became an instant success at the twenty-ninth annual National Storytelling Festival, completing a meteoric rise to fame over about thirty years. He is an accomplished songwriter, guitarist, and singer, as well as a teller of original and traditional tales of audiences coast-to-coast. James Stimson lives in northern California. He has worked in feature film animation, notably James and the Giant Peach, and is the author and illustrator of Thirteen O'Clock as well as the first two Maynard Moose Tales. This reclusive artist is believed to be a large hairy biped with enormous feet.

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The Bully Goat Grim: A Maynard Moose Tale 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
Bully Goat Grim I received a story of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.  No other consideration was offered, expected or received. This is such an awesome story.  I love this kind of kid story where its told ... a little differently then you may have remembered from childhood.  Nicely written and the illustrations are great!  The Moose-English Glossary and Hoofnotes are so freaking cute too.   This book was a lot of fun to scare with the kids.  They loved it and have asked for me to read it over and over again.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
We received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review. I have never read anything like this type of book to K before. This is the first I have heard of the Maynard Moose Tales . Me and K read this at bedtime and I found myself correcting the grammar that was within the story just because K is still at the age that he can pick that up and use that type of grammar. Now we get a list of words before we start the story so we know what they mean and know what to expect. Some of the words I stumbled over and I am an adult. I can just imagine a kid that is reading could have trouble saying some of them.  I liked how the baby troll used her head to think of a way to get the Bully Goat Grim to stop being a bully to the other animals, and the way she did it ended up with everyone not getting hurt but running Bully Goat Grim off. Only because he was no longer hurting anyone like he use to.  After reading some of the reviews I see that this author does write his books in "Moose Speak" which I never knew of before. I think with this author I may wait to read his works to K, when K is a bit older to truly get the meaning of the book. Along with knowing that the way this author writes is not how you actually speak in the real world.  The pictures were funny and we laughed as the father troll knocked himself out when he was coming up with a way to stop the Bully Goat Grim from walking on their bridge.  I believe this book to be for the older kids rather than the younger kids. 
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
A great book for teaching children, using the story to explain a writing concept, and the idea of the story is great... I will suggest this book to the schools i work at ... this was a funny, non-sense story that is perfect for teachers.