Once upon a goat /

by Richards, Dan [author.]; Barclay, Eric [illustrator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2019]Edition: First edition.Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm.ISBN: 9781524773748; 1524773743.Subject(s): Goats -- Juvenile fiction | Kings and rulers -- Juvenile fiction | Families -- Juvenile fiction | Humorous stories | Goats -- Fiction | Kings, queens, rulers, etc. -- Fiction | Family life -- Fiction | Humorous storiesSummary: When a proper king and queen ask their fairy godmother for a child, they find themselves gifted instead with a baby goat.
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Once upon a time, a very prim and proper king and queen begged their fairy godmother for a child. They'd prefer a boy, with glowing skin, bright eyes, and two roses for lips . . . but any kid will do. When they find themselves gifted with a baby goat (also known as a kid) instead, they can't imagine how he'll fit into their lives. But of course, it isn't long before he's part of the royal family.<br> <br> Readers will delight in this story's hilarity, confusion, and celebration of families that come in every shape and size.

When a proper king and queen ask their fairy godmother for a child, they find themselves gifted instead with a baby goat.

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Horn Book Review

Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, a king and queen wished for a child. From this standard fairy-tale opening, the story quickly veers off in an unexpected direction: the royal couples fairy godmother promises to fulfill their wish, but when the king and queen check their doorstep as instructed, they find a baby goat rather than a child (I said any kid would do. But I never meantthis). The kid immediately begins causing chaos, and outside it goesbut the soft-hearted parental-wannabes change their minds and decide to bring it in for the night. One night turned into weeks, and weeks into monthsand the accompanying illustrations show the royals happily playing with the goat and reading it a book. Of course, theres been a mistake, but when its discovered and they are presented with a human baby, the king and queen decide to welcome in everyonetheir own child, the kid goat, and the goats parents. Not exactly the family we wished for, says the king. No, replies the queen. Better. There is much humor in the interaction between the text and the appealing cartoony art: for example, when the godmother meets the goat, it has just head-butted her to the ground; the accompanying dialogue reads: Isnt he darling? said the king. A blessing, added the queen. You must be joking, said their fairy godmother. Its a goat. The contrast between the royal couples once-ordered existence and the cheerful mess at books end is very funny, and the message about acceptance and the expanded definition of family is a bonus (and dont miss the clever chomp taken out of the opening endpapers). martha v. parravano July/Aug p.115(c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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