Rumor says there’s a goat living on the roof, but how can that be?
As Kid soon discovers, a goat on the roof may be the least strange thing about her new home, whose residents are both s ...more
I won The Goat in a Goodreads giveaway, and am quite happy I did. It took me about half-way into the book to realise I've heard of it before. One of my professors mentioned that her friend had written a book about a goat living on top of a building in New York city. Wow you think with how niche that is I would have picked up on it earlier.
The Goat was a quick entertaining children's book with a surprising amount of real life issues. Issues such as: de ...more
I do, however, have a grumpy leftist coda: I was jarred out of the book at one point by s ...more
I made it 1/4 the way through it and never got into it. It is a short book, but I don't think my middle school students will make it past page 5. Confusing, too many characters, and not much happening.
I bet I'll weed this book in three years with zero circulations. Boo. I put a lot of time and thought into ordering and hate when I have a bust. ` ...more
Last year, I was immediately taken in with two titles from independent Canadian publisher Groundwood Books: A Boy Named Queen and Kabungo. Both of those short novels were entirely their own being, unusual and great, stayed with me through the course of the year, and ended up my on best of 2016 lists. Now in 2017 and almost halfway through, the year I think I might be able to say that Groundwood Books has done it again with Anne Fleming's The Goat: one of the most wondrous, curious, heartbreaking ...more
But I kept thinking to myself, is this a children's book?
Yes. No. Perhaps. To be honest, I don't know. Yes the two main characters were children, struggling, and then overcoming their crippling anxiety and shyness. But large a ...more
Premise/plot: A goat lives on the roof of a New York City apartment building. Only a few residents have spotted the goat--and its rumored that if you do see him, you'll have years of good luck. But most don't believe the rumors are true--about the goat being real or about the goat bringing luck. But one person definitely believes, a kid named KID. Kid teams up with her new friends to find out all she can about the goat.
Cosa ci fa una capra sul tetto? È il primo pensiero che mi è venuto in mente scovando questo libricino su Amazon. In realtà la storia di questa capretta di montagna finita su un tetto di New York per un errore letteralmente piovuto dall'alto è un pretesto per introdurre una storia fatta di paure e perdite ma anche di amicizia e di coraggio. Protagonista è Kid, una ragazzina così timida da non riuscire a parlare con un estraneo. Davanti a chi non conosce le ...more
Deftly balanced between touching scenes, like a mourning son fulfilling his father's wishes and others clever and charming and even slapstick comedy involving the goat, a dog named Cat (Catherine the Great) and a fire escape.
A mystery yes, but more than that, a story about facing fears an ...more
A goat on the roof a New York city apartment building? That is indeed the case in Anne Fleming's The Goat from Groundwood Press. The lives of a diverse group of apartment dwellers become entwined in this short, but rich story. Using a third person omniscient narration, Fleming moves readers from one character to the next -- goat included. It may sound fantastical, but is done so convincingly that I'm ready to go look and see if there is a goat on my building's roof!
"Who is this book for?" I asked myself multiple times while reading The Goat. It's not for me, I knew that much early on, despite the beautiful cover and the perfect size of t ...more
I immediately disliked the nameless main character (called "kid") - this identity trick seemed weak to me. Is the kid really just seen as a kid? By whom? The parents go by first names, so this seeme ...more
I only read it because someone in a group had recommended it, and I guess we have different tastes in books. I only kept reading because I thought it would get better, then I was so close to the end that I just finished it.
The third-person omniscient perspective is confusing, I felt it should've been first-person through Kid's eyes. And (to agree with a previous reviewer) this book deals with too many adult feelings about adulting to be relatable to the middle grade students ...more
The Goat tackles a whole range of topics in a wonderful, thoughtful way that is definitely accessible for 9-12 year olds. The primary topic is 9/11 and talking to children about the fact that there are people in the world who did this on purpose. Topics of death and mourning also com ...more
* hints at social anxiety,
* brief 9/11 mentions in a respectful and realistic way,
*blind people who can do everything that seeing people can do,
*a dog named cat,
*a kid named kid,
*a cat named fleabag,
*A man struggling to recover from a stroke who likes to poke fun at his wife.
*His wife who loves him dearly.
* and a goat on a roof that may or may not be a reincarnation of someones dad, this book was a surprise that fell ...more
From the completely oddball premise to each well drawn character, I enjoyed every element of this tale. Fleming blithely ignores a lot of the usual tropes in children's books. Adult characters are everywhere, the children in the story have caring parents or guardians, and there i ...more