From School Library Journal
PreS-K–The title says it all. Fox and Thomas draw viewers in through catchy phrases and amusing pictures of goats that appear in a variety of shapes, sizes, and numbers. As they romp across the bright, colorful pages, their antics will make children giggle; more importantly, the text encourages listeners to look carefully at what is happening. For example, the number of goats increases as the pages turn, and the author's questions concerning them will motivate viewers to examine the images and figure out the answers. A clever counting lesson.–Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MAα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Bright electric colors (tennis-ball green, sky blue, and sunny yellow) outlined in thick black create just the right look to attract very young readers, who are also often just learning to count. The silly-looking, appealing cartoon goats sport more natural colors in shades of brown, and they do goaty things, such as eat inedible stuff, but beyond that, reality’s suspended, and imagination takes over. These goats play trumpets, fly planes, throw snowballs, and more. Scenes showing a goat doing something a kid might be familiar with alternate with spreads asking listeners to count a specific set of goats doing a related activity (“Here we see an airport goat looking for her cases. But can we count the PILOT goats with goggles on their faces?”). This is a bit more challenging than some counting books; beginning counters may not yet be familiar with the concept of adjectives, which indicate which goats are to be tallied. But this adds to the appeal, providing a fun learning opportunity for kids with varying skill sets. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Diane Foote