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The Goat

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  308 ratings  ·  96 reviews
When Kid accompanies her parents to New York City for a six-month stint of dog-sitting and home-schooling, she sees what looks like a tiny white cloud on the top of their apartment building.

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
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published March 1st 2017 by Groundwood Books
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Jay Kennedy
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
My video review:

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
Scott Neigh
A "full-length work for young readers" featuring a mountain goat living on a swanky Manhattan building, a little girl and her family visiting that building from Toronto, and a cast of oddball characters from within and around it. Short, peculiar-in-a-good-way, cute, entertaining, while managing to say some age-appropriate serious things about life without being at all heavy-handed about it. Quite enjoyed it.

I do, however, have a grumpy leftist coda: I was jarred out of the book at one point by s
Kelsey Buckley
DNF. And that doesn't happen everyday.

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. `
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolutely delightful gem I discovered on my library's Overdrive subscription. We listened to the audiobook in the car on a road trip, and me, my husband, and my five-year-old were all thoroughly engaged. The writing style reminded me quite a bit of Rebecca Stead! Highly recommended for fans of realistic MG. (Be aware, though, that it does have about two swear words and a few mildly suggestive phrases—a little more than is typical of mainstream US middle grade.)
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

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
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Loved this fast-moving modern fairy tale. Kind of a mix between A Man Called Ove or My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, Harriet the Spy, and an old-fashioned children's bedtime story. Also, IMHO, it's adult fiction masquerading as a children's book.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I LOVED this book. Highly original, whimsical and poignant, it tells the story of a group of characters connected by an apartment building in New York. Their lives converge courtesy of the titular goat, which happens to live on and around the roof of the apartment building.

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
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
First sentence: Once there was a mountain goat who lived in New York City.

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.

Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked the premise of this story, but I felt the adult points of view diluted the story and will be uninteresting to the intended audience. If it had stuck with Kid telling the story it would have been stronger. Also, way too many issues going on for this short a book.
Victoria Kimble
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Great characters. I'm not sure what the target age range is for this book. I wouldn't recommend it to many young readers because the story seems a bit over their heads. But I would recommend it to any adult who loves to read MG fiction.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A darling book about blossoming friendships and a gamboling kid traversing their hearts.
Jenny Jaeckel
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lovely, fun, quirky story about a mysterious mountain goat living on the top of an apartment building in Manhattan, and a motley crew of tenants, whose lives, in the course of the story, wind together, in hilarious detail. Chess-playing opera singers, lucky Gumby figurines, ventriloquist mosquitos, and the small personal triumphs that make life great, make this book great.
La Biblioteca di Eliza
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cartaceo

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
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a lovely book! I expected it to be charming. But I was also pleasantly surprised by the darker subjects it tackled - growing up in the shadow of 9/11, extreme shyness/social anxiety, agoraphobia, age and health issues, and so on. It's a slim volume and a lighthearted story, but packs quite a punch between the lines.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, canadian-author
A rumoured goat on the roof of a New York apartment and girl named Kid determined to find it lead a cast of characters, residents of the apartment building, atypical to those I usually find in juvenile novels.

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
Monica Edinger
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
From my blog review.

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!

Chance Lee
May 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
In The Goat a girl named Kid moves into an apartment building near Central Park. She hears a rumor that a goat lives on top of the building, though very few have seen it. Legend says if you see the goat, you will have seven years' good luck. Kid thinks her family needs good luck, so she sets out to see if the goat is real.

"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
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
You might not believe it, but in New York there lives a most unusual resident upon the top of a building. Most of the tenants don't even know that it is there, and why would they think it would be, mountain goat's aren't commonly found in stone jungles. The Goat isn't just about a goat though, sure it does give this young creature's point of view from time to time, and it does explain how it got there, but really it is about a group of people who all, metaphorically speaking, see greener pasture ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This book did not start off strong for me, but it got better. I'm also not sure about the target age-range for this book (it is a YA novel, but my kids' school puts it in the lower school library, which seems a little young for some of the complex vocabulary and class concepts - but maybe I'm wrong).

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
Kim Bell
Jun 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, juvenile
What did I think? Eh.

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
I wasn't sure what to make of this story since there were so many characters and so much happening in its early pages that it took a little while before I started to see all the connections. I'm not sure that having a mountain goat living on the top of a high-rise apartment in New York City is the best idea, but after reading the book, I understood how something like that could happen. The goat is the thing that brings several of the residents of the building together in a quest to find out if h ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 9-12 year olds
Shelves: kids
Very fast moving, kind book about a child named Kid moving to New York and getting to terms with a whole range of new, strange (but fun!) people living in her building. Oh yeah and a mountain goat living on the roof!
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
Jun 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: juvenile
Clearly I was not the target audience for this book. I just didn't get it at all. The main protagonists are all adults; their stories stand front and center. Kid and Will are kind of on the edges of their orbits, never fully developed. They both have a briefly mentioned and briefly exhibited personal issue with which they must deal, Will's being the more serious. They both have a coming-of-age experience, but we really don't know much about them, and so it felt very false to me. We do however, k ...more
This was a strange little book; while I get that it's *intended* for children (older kids, younger teens), it doesn't really *feel* like a kids book. There is delving into the deep waters of adult themes and events, and there were a number of times in the 150 pages that I thought to myself, "really, kids book, REALLY??" More than anything, this feels like a kid-friendly portion of a much larger, longer and more adult book, full of vignettes and storylines that flow through the building, taking i ...more
Victoria Fuller
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: want-to-own
This book started out like every other young reader novel, but with
* 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
Nov 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
An extra short loosely based mystery novel critically acclaimed with multiple starred reviews that just hit the fan for me. A girl moves with her family to the United States to be home schooled while her mother produces a play in New York City. She begins to befriend a varied cast of characters who live in her building all struggling with their own issues. They all become interconnected during the girl's pursuit to prove whether or not a rumored goat living in the building that gives good luck t ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, juvie
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Michelle Mallette
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
On the surface, this is an enjoyable and sweet short novel (just 150 pages) for children. Author Fleming deftly deals with some darker issues, such as Kid’s debilitating stranger anxiety, and the fact Will was orphaned as a baby when both his parents died when the Twin Towers fell. But the central themes are of friendship, love, acceptance, and courage in many different forms, and Fleming has created a sweet story that can be understood on several levels. While this is decidedly a children’s boo ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canlit-2017
The Goat is a superbly crafted novel with realistic characters and a heart warming ending. Middle grade readers will be transported to New York City where a goat is living atop an apartment building. Kid has moved in temporarily since her family is dog-sitting and her mother is starring in a Off-Broadway play. Kid has anxiety issues but manages to meet a boy who has a fear of windows. Together, they try to discover if the goat really does live on the building. Every character that the Goat inter ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
IS there a goat on the top of a ritzy New York apartment building? The rumor is that seeing it will bring luck and Kid needs some luck. In truth, all of the residents of their building need some luck, including the goat.

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
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Anne Fleming is the author of five books: Pool-Hopping and Other Stories , shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Danuta Gleed Award and the Governor General’s Award; the critically acclaimed novel, Anomaly ; Gay Dwarves of America , also shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson; poemw , a book of poems shortlisted for the BC Book Prizes’ Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize; and The Goat , a no ...more
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