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Goat and Donkey in Strawberry Sunglasses

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A muddled shopping list causes mayhem and laughter for this pair of four-legged friends


PreS-Gr 1-Two best friends have funny, slice-of-life adventures. In Strawberry Sunglasses, Goat offers to do the grocery shopping. Donkey writes out a list just in case his pal gets in a forgetful "muddle." At the market, Goat is distracted by many wonderful things to buy and instead of bringing home food, he giddily returns with a sun hat, blow-up octopus, trumpet, and strawberry sunglasses. Donkey makes the best of the situation, enjoys the impulse purchases, and then heads back to the market for supper, hand-in-hand with his buddy. In Great Outdoors, Goat decides to take a vacation, but needs advice on where to go. After much negotiation, he announces he wants to go to a place "Just Like Here." He pitches a tent in the garden but soon misses the company of Donkey. They both squish in and enjoy the getaway together. Julian's warm oil paintings capture the sunny dispositions of the characters. Children will enjoy Goat's exuberant innocence and Donkey's patient good humor.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Puttock and Julian's (Horsey) latest collaboration, this sprightly debut tale in the Goat and Donkey series, introduces best pals who, at first glance, seem quite different. The cupboard is bare, but Donkey is too busy to go to market. When Goat offers to go, Donkey is afraid his friend might botch the task, since "Goat was often muddly and forgetful." Donkey diligently makes a shopping list: apples, carrots, cabbages and strawberry ice cream. As Donkey paints at an easel, Goat trots off and gets "quite giddy" when he spies all the tempting wares at the marketplace. Checking his list, he finds that Donkey's handwriting is "very hard to read" and he indeed does get muddled. Instead of buying food, the comically distracted animal purchases items he decides Donkey would certainly want: a fruit-festooned sun hat, a shiny trumpet, an inflatable octopus and-remembering that the final item on the list "has something to do with... strawberries!"-a pair of green polka-dot sunglasses decorated with plastic strawberries. Good-natured Donkey is very appreciative of the gifts, but tells his sidetracked buddy that they must return to market for food. In a wry final scene, the two are very much on the same wavelength as they enjoy strawberry ice cream cones, with a vegetable-filled basket and several newly purchased playthings at their feet. Featuring electric hues and amusing particulars, Julian's playful pictures capture the bond between these fast friends. Ages 4-7. (June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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