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Grumpy Goat – Children’s book review by S.A. Barone

Children's book review by S.A. Barone

 This wonderful humorous book was written and illustrated by Brett Helquist.  It’s a delightful story about farm animals that have to put up with a grumpy goat.    This goat is cranky, always hungry and he’s never had a friend. 

He lives at Sunny Acres Farm along with the other farm animals and he makes a complete mess at the farm.  All the other animals try to stay out of his way.

He knocks over the pig’s trough, kicks down the garden fence, and eats everything in his way.  Then one day he comes across a flower, a little yellow flower and it stops him in his tracks.

This story is the true meaning of stopping to smell the flowers and when Goat stopped to smell this little flower it not only opened his eyes it opened his heart.

Brett Helquist is not only a wonderful story teller he is an incredible illustrator.  His acrylic and oil paintings for this story are luscious.  He captures the shifting moods of the animals not to mention the beautiful landscapes and rolling clouds.

This book will entice both children and adults to go outside in the springtime and find a little yellow dandelion too.

This book is a must for your child’s library!

Happy Reading

Book Review by S. A. Barone

Shirley is a published children’s writer. She has publishing credits in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Children’s Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, and Chicken Soup for the Pre-teen Soul. Shirley has won a Distinguished Meritorious Service Award from the California School Boards Association for authoring an elective program that was adopted in schools in the Western United States and in areas of New York City. To learn more about Shirley and her art, visit www.sabarone.com

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