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Goran's Great Escape Hardcover – January 1, 2011

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First published in Sweden in 1991, this tale is an unusual hybrid about a Swedish family, a prize bull, and Easter. Goran is a huge, good-natured bull that lives in a barn with rows of cows. For some unknown reason, on Easter Sunday he is in such a bad mood that he decides to escape. The whole family of eight chases him, and people come from miles around to watch the drama. Karl, a young farm boy, placates Goran by scratching him between his horns and leads him back to the barn, becoming a local hero. Without the handsome, earth-toned watercolors, the story would fall flat due to gaps in the plot. What made Goran mad? How did people know the bull was loose? What does Easter have to do with it? Thankfully, each of Tornqvist’s long, horizontal spreads provide great detail in the scenery and the people, like a girl at the breakfast table slipping food to the cat. An odd duck of a book, but oddly pleasing, too. Grades K-3. --Julie Cummins


'Children will delight in the story of how one Easter Day, Goran the bull broke free in an angry rampage only to be tamed by Karl, a seven-year-old boy.' -- Creative Steps, Spring 2011. 'A low key story, in contrast to the lively style of many current picture books, Goran's Great Escape invites the reader in ('Let's find out what happened') and asks to be shared by child and adult... The watercolour illustrations have a cool Nordic feel, capturing a time and place that is past but not dated. The landscape format of the pages is well-used with events strung over double-page spreads in some instances and in others vignettes on the verso point to what is happening in a larger illustration on the recto. Delightful.' -- Valerie Coghlan, Books for Keeps, March 2011 'The delightful illustrations make you feel as if you were actually there!' -- Tammy Dolling, March 2011 'Illustrations, in translucent water based paints in earthly hues, are masterly. 'The design of the layout, with the necessity to integrate a long text with the images, is exemplary.' -- Jane Doonan, School Librarian 'Lindgren's affection for Karl warms the tale of his heroism.' -- Kirkus Review 'The charm and success of this traditional tale lie in Lindgren's masterful storytelling. Tornqvist's delicate, expressive watercolors accentuate the personalities of the farm folk and add suspense to Goran's plight. The artist's clever use of the endpapers to show a line of villagers looking apprehensively toward the story beckons readers just as effectively as Lindgren's words. The message that simple kindness is often an act of extraordinary bravery makes this a must for most collections.' --School Library Journal Reviews, January 2012

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863157939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863157936
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a sweet Swedish tale about a little boy who uses a soft answer to turn away the wrath of a great, angry bull. The illustrations are so beautiful that I found myself hoping the story was fantastic so that I would want to buy the book. Incidentally, I have never reviewed a book for Amazon before, but when I saw that there were no reviews, I had to spread the word. The illustrations are beautiful and full of character. The story sets up to be a funny story of an angry bull, seemingly set at Easter for no reason. Suddenly it turns a bit dark as the community considers that they may need to kill the bull if it can't be appeased. When a little boy calms the bull with kindness the Easter setting becomes more than appropriate. This is a must-own for your gentle library.
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By laobeau on January 26, 2014
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Can't go wrong with any of Astrid Lindgren's books. This will appeal to all children, but especially appealing to my nephew who HAS a goat!
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