The Day the Goose Got Loose

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Chaos results when a goose gets loose in the barnyard.

The day the goose gets loose, havoc reigns at the farm as all the animals react.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
What happens when the goose gets loose? She manages to throw the entire barnyard into chaos, and young readers will be tickled by the goings-on. After breaking out of her pen, the audacious creature eats the hens' grain; scares the sheep silly; causes the ram to butt a fussy-looking child, whose ``dress got messed and her hair un-styled''; sets free the horses, who storm the house; and provokes a bull named Spence to charge through the pasture fence. Lindbergh's rollicking rhymed verse charts the goose's destructive course, as Kellogg shows feathers and flowerpots flying, trashcans tumbling and wild-eyed people and animals scurrying in every direction. The goose calms down, finally, after the police arrive to set things right, and before long an explanation for her antics surfaces. The book closes with a soothing, exquisitely illustrated dream sequence that offsets the frenzy of the rest of the tale, and demonstrates Kellogg's remarkable versatility. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
When the goose gets loose, the farm is in comical chaos. Each animal and person reacts in its own way, but only the younger brother knows why the goose got loose--because he saw the wild geese flying overhead. At night the boy dreams a wonderful dream about geese--tame and wild--with castles and wizards and other magical things. Like Lindbergh's The Midnight Farm (Dial, 1987), the satisfying rhyme and rhythm of this book make it a good choice for reading aloud. Both the story and illustrations are reminiscent of The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash (Dial, 1980), in which Noble's text and Kellogg's illustrations show the havoc caused by a pet snake let loose on a farm. The illustrations are typically Kellogg, rendered in pen and pencil with watercolor washes. The pages overflow with funny dramatic action. They are rich in detail and imagination, from the glowing orange panorama of the farm at dawn to the soft blue of the dream world at night. --Anne Price, Ann Mersereau School, Bronx, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140553376
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 389,711
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Lexile: AD480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.43 (w) x 10.05 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    Excellent Children's Story

    This book is a favorite in my family. It's a silly rhyming book about "the day their family goose got loose" as you may guess from the title. Not only are the rhymes entertaining but the havoc caused by the goose affects the entire family and town. The illustrations in this book are beautiful. They will make you wish you could have them framed for your little one's room. Not only do my five children love listening to this book, but it is one of my favorites to read. You will never tire of reading this book, it is a true gem.

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