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Silly Suzy Goose Board book – February 10, 2009

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PreSchool-Grade 1-Suzy Goose looks around and wishes she could be different. The first spread justifies her problem as it is impossible to identify her in the sea of duplicate geese. In those that follow, she visits other animals and samples ways to be different. If I was a giraffe, I could STRETCH up high. If I was an ostrich, I could RUN really fast. Pages of If I was instead of If I were will drive grammar purists crazy, but the scratchy mixed-media illustrations of Suzy trying out each animal's persona and environment make the spreads tactile and pleasurable. When she encounters a lion, she tries a roar (Rroarrhonk!), which enrages him. Using some of the moves picked up along the way, the goose hurries back to the safety of the other geese. The close call convinces her that a group has its advantages, but she continues to stand out with her Rroarrhonk! Animal movements and sounds, along with the large, bright pictures and interesting compositions, make this an attractive choice to share with young audiences.-Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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*Starred Review* PreS-Gr. 1. One day Suzy Goose looks around and realizes she's just one of the gaggle. Oh, to be special! She begins wondering about what it would be like if she was a different animal. If she was a bat, she could flap her wings; if she was a penguin, she could slide; if she was a kangaroo, she could jump; and if she was a lion, she could roar. In fact, she lets out quite a loud "Rroarrhonk!" A real-life lion ignores her, until she gets right in his face. Then he rouses from his sleep and begins a chase. Now Suzy Goose learns something about herself: she can flap her wings, slide, and jump--which she does all the way back to her friends. The lion is right behind her, but faced with a bunch of protective geese, he turns tail and runs. This book is clever, clever, clever. Horacek uses words and pictures to tie every piece of the story together, beginning with the two-page spread filled with identical gray geese with bright orange beaks. But when Suzy starts imagining herself as different animals, her world bursts into extravagant color, becoming a place populated with animals that have the exuberance of the real thing. Created in mixed media, the art jumps off the pages, a fitting verb for a clever, clever book, alive in every way. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Board book: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Brdbk edition (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763641413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763641412
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
It's funny to think that the editors of books are rarely credited in the book itself. Unless a given author feels like crediting their editor, that person remains anonymous, for good or for ill. I say all this because if there was one thing "Silly Suzy Goose" needed, it was an editor. A delightful concept alongside adorable illustrations, the book suffers from an overwhelming and repeating grammatical error. The result? Tons of grammar-happy teachers, librarians, parents, and relatives will flip through its pages and find they just can't stomach the incorrect use of the word "was". I wanted to loved "Silly Suzy Goose". It has a cute-as-a-button concept and would have been a perfect storytime readaloud. Poor editing, however, delegates it to the "ehh" pile. A serious pity.

There are plenty of geese in the world, and they all look mighty similar to Suzy. One day, Suzy gets it into her head that she'd like to be a little different. With that in mind, she sets out to observe a variety of different animals and mimic them. Says Suzy, "If I was a toucan, I could make a loud SQAWK", or, "If I was an elephant, I could splish and SPLASH". She compares herself to a great many animals until she sees a lion. Not willing to leave well enough alone when her "RROARRHONK" fails to get the great beast's attention, Suzy disturbs the lion's sleep and finds herself pursued. She makes it all the way back to the other geese using the sounds and moves she learned from the other animals. Once amongst them, the lion can't figure out which one is Suzy. The goose briefly ponders whether it is actually better to be just like everyone else. Then, once the lion's gone, lets loose with a mighty, "Rroarrhonk!", proving that being the same is nice sometimes, "but not always".
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Format: Paperback
While many children's stories illustrate the importance of being yourself, Silly Suzy Goose offers a unique spin on this popular theme. Suzy decides it's boring to be just like all the other geese, and she imagines what fun it would be if she were a sliding penguin, a stretchy giraffe, a jumpy kangaroo a swimmy seal. But then, carried away by her vicarious adventures, she roars at a real lion--and he doesn't like it at all. Suddenly Suzy is using her newly learned skills to slide, stretch, jump, and swim to safety.
Back home, where she hides from the lion by blending in among the other geese, Suzy can't resist a last, leonine roar.
Czech author and illustrator Petr Horacek uses a variety of painting techniques to highlight the differences between simple, silly Suzy and the bold, colorful animals she tries to copy. Especially effective is a close-up of the napping lion's face, one eye opening ominously as Suzy's brash roar wakes him.
Preschoolers busy exploring their own sense of self will love Suzy and laugh at her antics. Read-aloud parents will appreciate the story's subtle affirmation that both individuality and conformity have their place in life. Suzy Goose may be silly herself, but her story is witty and clever.
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By Snograss on August 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Because of the faulty grammar noted, I would never have bought this book for my child. Someone gave it to us, however, and my daughter is fond of it at the moment. As she does not read yet, I can skirt the problem by just substituting "If I were..." on every page, but as soon as my daughter starts reading by herself, the book will have to go. With so many children's books on the market, why go for one with such a pointless and persistent mistake? I'll be wary of any other book from Candlewick Press, too.
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A little goose wants to be different than all the other geese, so she imagines becoming an array of different animals. When she tries to roar like a lion, she offends the lion and scurries back to her flock. She learns that it is not so bad to be part of a group, and she maintains her own unique qualities (her Rroarrhonk sound). Little kids love participating in this silly, interactive read aloud. To find this book and other cool short book club recommendations, [...].
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My daughter and I enjoy this book. It is simple and fun, and I love the beautiful illustrations, saturated with color. It's great that you have to turn book sideways to show the giraffe. We often read it several times in a row, going back to look at the different animals.

I'm a grammar freak usually, but I didn't even notice the "was" thing. It's not a big deal to me, and didn't get on my nerves.
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