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Scapegoat: The Story of a Goat Named Oat and a Chewed-Up Coat Hardcover – June 21, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599904683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599904689
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,466,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The wordplay here is enjoyable—and there is a neat double comeuppance at the end… Slack’s Photoshop/collage artwork is attractively involving… readers will all be rooting for P. Petunia.." —Kirkus

"The colorful cartoon illustrations and the sheer wackiness of the story will likely appeal to young readers and listeners. Teachers planning lessons on the "oa" sound will definitely want to check this book out." —SLJ

About the Author

DEAN HALE is the coauthor of the award-winning graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack. This is his picture book debut. He lives in Utah with his wife and coauthor, Shannon, and their children.
www.dreadcrumbs.com

MICHAEL SLACK's illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, advertisements, and on television. His previous picture books include My Life as a Chicken and Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry.
www.slackart.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FIRR-Kids! on December 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Choat family owns an unusual pet - a goat named Patsy Petunia Oat. She is an amazing pet, as she can speak! Sadly, she only speaks in the language of goats, which the Choats do not understand. Young Jimmy Choat realizes fairly early on that Patsy is unable to defend herself and begins using her as ... his own personal scapegoat.

When Jimmy comes home from school on Monday sans his coat, he quickly claims their pet goat ate it. That story works so well, that he claims the same when the tv remote comes up missing. Patsy knows darn well that Jimmy is the culprit, but nobody can understand her goat words. When Mama discovers her purse filled with goo, Jimmy turns to his reliable scapegoat. In fact, Pasty saw Jimmy blow his nose in there and bleats "Jim did. It was nasty." She's right - Jim is kind of nasty. He goes on to blame her for a host of incidents that include breaking baby's toy boat and even shaving her own goat throat.

Luckily for Patsy Petunia, neighbor Bert Sproat does speak goat. He relates the truth to the Sproats about Jimmy's untruthfulness. Patsy glares balefully at Jimmy, feeling quite vindicated. Bert Sproat tells her she better not gloat, as he knows the real story behind Jimmy's goat. Guess Patsy isn't the angelic goat that she wants everyone to believe.

A funny story punched up with rhyming text and great illustrations makes a terrific book. I knew from the title page this would be a good one, with Patsy lustfully eying Jimmy's plaid coat, unaware that he is nailing up a little sign on her goathouse that reads "I'm stinky." Later, while Jimmy is sick in bed from a bad piece of bass, Patsy is angrily chomping a mean picture of her accuser into the lawn. Ha!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matzahatza on October 28, 2011
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I think this book is a must-have in any children's library. Not only does it help little readers with the repeated "oa" sound, it has such fun rhymes throughout, but it also is SO well written. The illustrations are perfect and will make any age want to read it. I LOVE reading it to my 6-year-old (as I am just as entertained as he is) and my 9, 11, and 13 year old keep taking it to read themselves! BUY IT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BrickyardUte on March 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My 16 month old son and 5 year old nephew love this book! Its very clever and both myself and my husband giggle each time we read it as our bedtime story. Beautiful illustrations. We want more written by this author!
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