Grumpy Goat by Brett Helquist

Grumpy Goat by Brett Helquist
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Readers
Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3
Pages: 40 Hardcover 10 x 8
Date Published: January 2nd, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins

This simple celebration of life, nature, and friendship will better any mood-even that of a very grumpy Goat!

He’s cranky, he’s hungry, and he’s never had a friend. He is one grumpy goat, and he’s making a terrible mess at Sunny Acres Farm. That is, until one special flower stops him in his tracks. And once Goat opens his eyes, his heart is soon to follow.

Brett Helquist’s luminous, sunny paintings bring this simple, inspirational story to life, along with a band of the most charming farmyard friends, to demonstrate how stopping to smell the flowers really can change everything.

I love the illustrations in this book and it is a great little story for teaching kids about how their attitude affects friendships. Sometimes when you are just starting to make friends in a new place it is easy to assume there is a problem with everyone else, but if you step back and see how you treat them things might change. That is the way that it is for this little grumpy goat once he takes time to put care into protecting and caring for a dandelion and makes friends in the process. It’s cute and possibly a good seasonal read, but would really work well any time of the year. I think it is a great introduction to friendships for kiddos.

*Thanks to HC for providing an ARC for review.*

Brett Helquist‘s celebrated art has graced books from the charming Bedtime for Bear to the alarming New York Times bestselling Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, to the glorious picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens’s Christmas Carol. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY. You can visit him online at

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