- Hardcover: 120 pages
- Publisher: Groundwood Books (March 1 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1554989167
- ISBN-13: 978-1554989164
- Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 240 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #217,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Goat Hardcover – Mar 1 2017
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Kid’s adjustment to New York City, her time in museums, and the warm and unusual neighbors make for a lively yet tender story. (Publishers Weekly 2016-12-19)
The convoluted, intricate tale is filled with joy, sweet sadness, and a triumph of spirit. Lovely. (Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW 2017-01-15)
With delicate insight and humor, Fleming cleverly unites people ― and goats ― from vastly different walks of life in an offbeat celebration of courage and individuality. (Booklist, STARRED REVIEW 2017-02-15)
The list of characters is long, and eccentricities abound, but so do charm and warm humor. Perfect for tweens who prefer quiet, character-driven novels and fans of E.L. Konigsburg. (School Library Journal 2017-02-01)
A quirky, riotous story that uses a preposterous conceit to deftly veil much deeper issues and themes. (Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW 2017-03-01)
The Goat takes a concept easiest told as zany and madcap, but isntead wisely presents it as perfectly ordinary. If Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach made a kids' movie … this would certainly be their script. (National Post 2017-02-28)
At turns funny and affecting, this [is an] ingeniously knitted ensemble piece for 9- to 12-year-olds. (The Wall Street Journal 2017-03-10)
An affectionate and quirky ode to Manhattan. (Horn Book 2017-05-01)
About the Author
Anne Fleming is the author of Pool-Hopping and Other Stories (shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Danuta Gleed Award and the Governor General’s Award), and Anomaly and Gay Dwarves of America. She is a long-time and highly regarded teacher of creative writing who has taught at the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Douglas College, Kwantlen University College and the Banff Centre for the Arts. The Goat is her first full-length work for young readers.
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The book description provides an ample- and concise- outline of the story, so I won’t get into that much here. I would like to stress though that if you think the plot sounds too peculiar, or with too many characters, or too much quirk, just let Fleming’s leveled and focused writing take you along for this unforgettable journey. A multitude of singular characters- circling around young protagonist Kid and her newly-made friend Will- knit together in lucky and tremendous ways as their focus becomes one and the same: find the elusive goat supposedly hiding somewhere in a New York City twelve-story apartment building. Before the big build-up to Kid and Will’s final search for the goat, readers gain insight to multiple storylines involving Kid’s new apartment neighbours. Some of the storylines include: a senior couple struggling to re-connect and communicate after the husband’s stroke; a young skateboarding bestselling-author who can’t quite fathom why pigeons are making such bizarre hoofing noises on his apartment ledge; and a man fighting with a life-changing decision made while spreading his father’s ashes on a hike in the woods. Covering a plethora of subject matters, from the darker, heartache-inducing to the joyful and wacky, The Goat packs such amazing depths of richness and surprise in its 155 pages.
Imagine, if you will, mixing the writing of Louise Fitzhugh, A.S. King, E.L. Konigsburg and Rebecca Stead, with generous dose of Norton Juster, and you might get something along the lines of The Goat. If that sounds like a dream to you, then I implore to track down this title and savour it. If you are looking to try something outside of your comfort zone with a children’s fiction title that reads as eloquent and capable as any adult title I have read lately, then look no further than this title. Truly unique, gorgeous and unexpected, The Goat is an excellent read.
I received a copy of this title courtesy of Groundwood Books/House of Anansi in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and comments are my own.
-Michelle @ Fab Book reviews
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