The Resource Mr. Goat's Valentine, written by Eve Bunting ; illustrated by Kevin Zimmer

Mr. Goat's Valentine, written by Eve Bunting ; illustrated by Kevin Zimmer

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Mr. Goat's Valentine
Title
Mr. Goat's Valentine
Statement of responsibility
written by Eve Bunting ; illustrated by Kevin Zimmer
Title variation
Mister Goat's Valentine
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Illustrator
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Language
eng
Summary
When Mr. Goat learns that it's Valentine's Day, he sets out in search of gifts for his first love, but his choices are a little unconventional
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Illustration
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 1 Apparently in the goat world, typical Valentine’s Day offerings are not chocolates and fragrant flower arrangements in lovely vases, but rather rotten eggs (the older the better) and weeds in cans (the rustier the better). Mr. Goat is on the search for a valentine for his first love and picks items he thinks will be just right: two-year-old eggs and a bouquet of crabgrass, pigweed, and ragweed. As he proceeds along the way, he adds to his appeal with a squirt of Eau de Skunk from Miss Skunk and stops to compose a song. His “first love” turns out to be his mother, and, of course, she is delighted with the gifts. The brief text and the large, bright, and uncluttered illustrations make this a natural choice for a Valentine’s Day read-aloud. While the goats are entranced by the rotten eggs, the audience’s response to the sight of green eggs oozing a black liquid, complete with wavy stink lines, will probably be loud “ewws”—which makes this all the more fun! -- Enos, Randall (Reviewed 01-01-2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 9)
  • PreS-Gr 1 — It's Valentine's Day, and Goat sets off to find the perfect gift for his first love. Nothing says "I love you" to a goat more than a tin can filled with ragweed salad, two-year-old rotten eggs, and the aroma of skunk-scented perfume. When Goat realizes that he does not have a card, he struggles to come up with one more thing to make the gift complete. He's deep in thought under a shady tree when the answer miraculously comes to him. It's a surprise that young listeners will enjoy. Bunting has written a sweet story for Valentine's Day—or any other day of the year. This is a fun read-aloud for older preschool-age children. While the tale is not complex, it is endearing and amusing. Children will delight in the variety of gifts Goat selects all through the story. They will also enjoy predicting the secret identity of Goat's first love. Zimmer's large, vibrant cartoonlike illustrations complement the story and its characters. Readers will be drawn to their eyes, which are sizable and full of expression. VERDICT A great holiday addition.—Barbara Spiri, Southborough Library, MA --Barbara Spiri (Reviewed January 1, 2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 01, p68)
  • /* Starred Review */ For readers who think Valentine’s Day is too sappy, Bunting and Zimmer have an ideal antidote. That’s because Mr. Goat’s idea of the perfect gifts for his “first love” include ragweed salad in a rusty can and two-year-old rotten eggs. “Guaranteed foul and disgusting,” says the proud vendor. Zimmer playfully emphasizes the story’s gross-out moments in his exaggerated, vibrantly colored illustrations, and Bunting keeps the target of Mr. Goat’s affections secret until the final page. Suffice it to say that mothers will be happier to receive this book than, say, a box of “black and oozing” rotten eggs. Ages 5–7. Illustrator’s agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed October 12, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 41, p)
  • Mr. Goat gathers everything he will need to show his first love just how much she means to him. Part of the fun in Bunting's latest is the dichotomy between what Mr. Goat chooses as gifts and what child readers would choose. Miss Nanny Goat's weed stall is the caprine equivalent of a flower seller's stand; Goat requests a mixed bouquet of "Crabgrass, pigweeds, and ragweed in that nice, rusty can." At Mr. Pygmy-Little Goat's stand, he picks up four rotten eggs, "Guaranteed foul and disgusting." The icing on the cake is the red heart-shaped box these are packed in, tied with a red ribbon. Miss Skunk provides a little cologne for Goat so he'll smell as good as his eggs, but she also points out his lack of a card. This brings him up short, and he sits under a tree to compose a song for his love instead. Ready at last, he stops at her door and starts singing. When the door opens, adult readers will not be surprised as to the identity of Goat's first love, but children might be. Zimmer's digital illustrations are full of rich, bright colors. While a few items are textured and appear 3-D (Goat's hat and pants, the rusty can), most are flat and cartoonish, including the characters. Readers who have sought out their own perfect gifts will recognize the emotions that play across his face. A not-so-sweet-smelling Valentine treat. (Picture book. 4-7)(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10457710
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1928-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bunting, Eve
Dewey number
823.92
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Zimmer, Kevin
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True
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  • Valentine's Day
  • Gifts
  • Goats
Target audience
preschool
Label
Mr. Goat's Valentine, written by Eve Bunting ; illustrated by Kevin Zimmer
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volume
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rdacarrier.
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  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent.
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Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781585369447
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
Mr. Goat's Valentine, written by Eve Bunting ; illustrated by Kevin Zimmer
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781585369447
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print

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