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Grumpy Goat

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  454 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Goat is the grumpiest animal at Sunny Acres farm until he remembers that there is more to life than eating and being alone.
Hardcover, 30 pages
Published January 2nd 2013 by Balzer + Bray
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Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Brett Helquist Fans / Readers Looking for Children's Stories About Emotions
Sunny Acres was one of the friendliest farms in the area until Grumpy Goat arrived and single-handedly changed all that. Uninterested in making friends with the other animals, whom he chased away, our caprine hero (anti-hero?) kept his head down and ate everything in sight. Until the day, that is, that he encountered a beautiful yellow flower and took the time to admire its beauty, thereby setting in motion a chain of events that led to his reform. But when the flower is blown away, what will ha ...more
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This was a cute book about a grumpy goat that is new to the happy friendly little farm. Grumpy goat doesn't want to make new friends despite the other animals’ attempts to extend a hoof of friendship. One day he finds a single dandelion at the top of a hill, and for whatever reason (the book didn't say) the goat loses his grumpy attitude and begins hanging with the other barnyard critters. However, when the season of flowers ends the “grumpy” goat returns while he morns the loss of his flower fr ...more
Margaret Chind
I love the illustrations in this book and it is a great little story for teaching kids about how their attitude affects friendships. Sometimes when you are just starting to make friends in a new place it is easy to assume there is a problem with everyone else, but if you step back and see how you treat them things might change. That is the way that it is for this little grumpy goat once he takes time to put care into protecting and caring for a dandelion and makes friends in the process. It's cu ...more
Ariel Cummins
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
You guys, I think *I'm* totally a grumpy goat. He's not a very nice goat, until he sees a dandelion. Taking care of it makes him a much happier goat, and he starts to make friends. But when the dandelion floats away, he becomes despondent -- until hundreds more dandelions appear.

The acrylic illustrations in this book give it a soft, old-fashioned feel that makes it feel like a folk tale or fable. They're really sweet, and manage to give the goat a real range of facial expressions (hr
May 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Brett Helquist is an artist that I hold in great admiration. If he illustrates it, I buy it. This story about a grumpy goat that comes around in the end wasn't one that wowed me. I am going to test it out on my class to see genuine kid reactions. They might very well love it! And who knows, I might love it once I've shared it with them.

Update: Yeah, the kids loved it, and I have to admit, after reading it with them and enjoying their reactions, it grew on me. Just proves, a read alou
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. The illustrations are lovely, the story is a simple but poignant tribute to good friendships, and the language is a treat for little ears with lots of alliteration and subtle repetition. But the best part is that it meant something to me too. Every year I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder just like grumpy goat and it was so fun to see this real disorder acknowledged in a children's book.
Kaethe Douglas
Aug 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Yet another one by an illustrator I love, but the text leaves me feeling "meh". Grumpy goat is horrible to the other farm critters. And then starts to nurture a flower, and as he does, he nurtures his relationships. And then the flower goes to seed, and disperses, and he becomes horrible again. But then the field is full of flowers, and they all live happily ever after.

I prefer my picture books to be a little funny, or surprising, or subversive.

Library copy.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Grumpy Goat is devoted to his gut. All he wants to do is eat. Where he wants to eat, when he wants to eat, and he doesn't want to be bothered by the other animals while he eats. This used to be the happiest farm but Goat's surliness brings all of the animals down. Then, while munching the grass, Goat sees a dandelion. He thinks that it is dandy indeed and he cares for the blossom through the summer. The animals join him in appreciating the bloom, until Fall comes and his lovely plant falls apart ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This wonderfully illustrated book is full of lessons in friendship and the places we put our focus and effort. The take away for me and my preschooler was that having something in our lives to nurture, care for, and invest our effort to see bloom is a blessing that can change our outlook on life and bless others in the process.
When Goat arrives on the farm he doesn't want any friends, he just wants to eat everything in sight. Eventually a flower catches his eye and he begins to learn about caring and friendship. A great story to introduce the concept of grumpiness and how attitude impacts our perspective for preK+.
Karla Winick-Ford
Illustrations were too dark for a young child's book
It was a smidge long- author could have made the point in more concise language
Aside from being dark, the illustrations were reminiscent of something from the 70's, didn't feel current at all.
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This was okay...I liked how the other animals still loved on him when he was grumpy & I get how being in God's creation can bring cheer. But the way the story was put, in a week his dandelions will die & then he'll be grumpy & mean to the other animals again?? Not cool.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: animal
An antisocial, grumpy goat avoids all the other animals on the farm and keeps to himself. One day he finds a dandelion and starts taking care of it. He slowly makes friends with the other animals while taking care of the flower.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If this ain't about depression, I'll eat my hat.
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
KSE really liked. Was upset for the goat. Read multiple times and took it to bed.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm not quite sure what the 'moral of the story' is. Maybe 'keep trying to make friends--you never know what'll do it'? Still, it's a sweet story.
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The illustrations were well done but the story was very basic even for a children’s picture book.
Talia Smart
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The titular grumpy goat prefers to stew in silence...until he finds beauty and wants to share it with friends. A lovely little story.
Maddie Thompson
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is about a grumpy goat who typically did nothing but kept his head down and ate all day. Then, one day he found a dandelion which made him very happy. He took care of the dandelion and his new found happiness attracted friends. One day when the dandelion blew away he was very sad, but he had his friends to comfort him. They stuck with him through his hard times, and when another dandelion grew all went back to normal and they could play and laugh again. The major themes of this book ar ...more
Rachel Pence
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott-award
The book "Grumpy Goat" by Brett Helquist starts the book by telling the readers a little about the grump goat and what the book they are about to read is about. Looking at the pictures in this book, I believe this book can be a candidate for the Caldecott award. Each page it filled with oil paint illustrations that show the readers the emotions each character if filling. Each page is filled with colorful and very detailed pictures that help show what is going on around Sunny Acres farm. The book ...more
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love goats. I love dandelions. I love Brett Helquist. This darling picture book is the triple threat! Even Count Olaf wouldn't stand a chance against this sunny, funny story! I run the early literacy program at Thanksgiving Point. Basically, I do story times (read a book, then have an accompanying activity like a craft or animal visitor) 2-3 times a week. Today was at the Farm the book was Grumpy Goat. We made yellow paint dandelion fields for a little paper goat, got to meet and pet a real Nubian bill ...more
Jessica Henry
All right, let's get ready to read a new book. Raise your hand only and tell me what the title of the book is. (Pause for student response.) Awesome, the author who does what (pause for student response) is Brett Helquist. Think about the title, let's do some thinking. Why do you think this goat is grumpy? Do you think that he will stay grumpy through the whole book or do you think his attitude will change and he will become happy? (Pause for student response.) Think of a time when
Alexis Labenz
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Grumpy Goat by Brett Helquist is about a goat that goes to Sunny Acres which is a farm with a lot animals. The goat becomes very grumpy and is mean to the other animals on the farm. The book then shows the goat on top of a hill and he spots a very beautiful flower, what happens next is a miracle. Grumpy goat looks at life on the farm in a different way. The book shows that it is helpful to stop and smell the flowers to appreciate life more.

One activity I would have my students partic
Sunny Acres used to be the friendliest farm in the county. Then Goat arrived. With all of his grumpiness. He wouldn't play or talk to anyone. He just scowled and ate. One day he came across a dandelion. It reminded him of something but he couldn't remember what (the sun). So Goat decided to keep the little flower company. He slept near it, watered it and kept the grass around it trimmed. Now when the other animals approached him he was much friendlier. He learned to play tag with the pigs and al ...more
Graciela Gonzalez
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is about a grumpy goat who goes to live in a friendly farm. When the animals get close to him, he rejects their friendship. He was so grumpy that he never noticed or appreciated the beauty of nature that surrounded him...until one day he saw a flower that did something to his inner spirit.. It appears that for the first time he cared for something and took care of it day after day.. In the process, the animals once again attempted to be his friend and his character had changed in a pos ...more
Amy Forrester
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Goat was grumpy. None of the other animals could cheer him up. Ever. That’s how grumpy he was. Goat had never had a friend and he didn’t like to share. And did I mention he was grumpy? But everything changes one day when Goat happens upon a dandelion. This beautifully illustrated book (acrylic and oil paints on paper) explores different moods and the many different ways one can be a good friend. Emotions are clearly depicted with facial expressions and body language. Descriptive, yet short sente ...more
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Grumpy Goat is unfriendly, mean, and hungry! He wants nothing to do with the other farm animals, until a small dandelion stops him in his tracks.

Subtle and strong come to mind to describe Helquist's story. The characters are strong-willed, but the story is loving told of a transformation of character. The subtle change of season and friendship is beautifully written. In one book, it's a whole season of change. The paintings of acrylic and oil add lots of beautiful layers and texture
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sunny Acres Farm is a happy, beautiful, friendly place, until Grumpy Goat arrives. He is grumpy and unfriendly - none of the animals on the farm can even get close to him, let alone become friends! All Grumpy Goat wants to do is eat and eat and eat and eat and eat... and as he does so, he makes a huge mess on the farm - kicking down fences & being mean to the other animals. Then, he sees something special in the field, and everything changes. What does Grumpy Goat see? ]

A beautif
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
A grumpy goat moves into Sunny Acres farm. He resists making friends or caring much about anything until he discovers a lone dandelion and cares for it. By the end of the summer, the whole farm is blooming with them and he the happiest of goats.

Acrylic an oil illustrations help develop the grumpy goat's character and do a great job of showcasing the emotions of the animals on the farm. Also, the texture is amaaaazing!

Overall, a great read aloud and the only picture book that has eve
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: farm and bad mood requests
Shelves: picture-book, farm
"Sunny Acres was once the friendliest little farm in the county...until the day that grumpy goat arrived." Grumpy just wanted to be alone and eat, until he comes across a yellow dandelion... 4/25/13

This was a little much for my young story time crowd. 8/16/14

Doing a Preschool Story Time again and decided to do this since I didn't feel like coming to work this morning. I don't know what it was about this book but a couple of the children kept running up to the book...
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Brett Helquist has illustrated many books for children, including the Series of Unfortunate Events books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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