Wednesday, October 1, 2014

REVIEW: The Bully Goat Grim

The Bully Goat Grim
Willy Claflin
James Stimson, Illustrator

Genre: Children's Books
Publisher: August House
Publication date: 8.16.2012
Pages: 32

Recommended by: NetGalley, Read 2 Review
Date read: 7.8.2014

Summary: This hilarious Maynard Moose tale, as retold by master storyteller Willy Claflin, takes us on another whimsical journey with the misadventures of a Bully Goat who suffers from Random Hostility Syndrome.  The Bully Goat clashes with a three headed troll "fambly" and is undone by a baby girl troll when she suddenly realizes that "...everybody ought to mess with him!"  Her inspiration leads to a confrontation with the Bully Goat using only a pillow and three raggedy old bed sheets.  After she cleverly outwits the Bully Goat, all of the forest animals follow her example and the threat of the bully is eliminated.  Fortunately, everyone lives happily for "never afterwords" except for the Bully Goat since nobody likes a "dubnoxious beastly."  A Moose-English Glossary is included along with Hoofnotes to help guide you through the translation.  This latest fairy tale from the Piney Woods marks the third collaboration from the creative team who brought you the 2011 Texas Bluebonnet Award winning book, The Uglified Ducky, and the award winning Rapunzel & the Seven Dwarfs.  James Stinson has worked his magic once again with his eclectic stylized illustrations that depict the humor of the offbeat trolls and capture the joy of the forest animals inhabiting the Piney Woods.

This is such an awesome story.  I love this kind of kid story where its told ... a little differently then you may have remembered from childhood.  Nicely written and the illustrations are great!  The Moose-English Glossary and Hoofnotes are so freaking cute too.  

This book was a lot of fun to scare with the kids.  They loved it and have asked for me to read it over and over again.

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