Let's Count Goats!

Illustrated by Jan Thomas
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About The Book

I can see the airport goats and I can see their cases.

But can you count the pilot goats with goggles on their faces?

This hilarious count-to-ten book features goats of all shapes, sizes, hobbies, and professions—and each spread gives readers a delightful opportunity to count the funny four-legged creatures. Acclaimed author Mem Fox’s renowned humor and infectious rhyme merge with celebrated illustrator Jan Thomas’s bold and brilliant illustrations to make this an instant goat-by-numbers classic.

About The Author
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Mem Fox is an educator and international literacy expert, and her many acclaimed picture books for young children include Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!Hello Baby!Baby BedtimeI’m an Immigrant Too; Roly Poly; the bestselling modern classics Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and Time for Bed; and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia. Visit her at MemFox.net.

About The Illustrator
Photograph by Peter Mozley

Jan Thomas is the creator of Rhyming Dust BunniesCan You Make a Scary Face?; Here Comes the Big, Mean Dust Bunny!;  Is Everyone Ready for Fun?; and Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy. She lives with her family in Socorro, New Mexico.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (October 2010)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442405981
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

"The traditional counting format receives a charming update as playfully expressive goats mimic human behavior...Fox, an early-literacy specialist to the core, gets each rhyme just right...Thomas’s trademark digital spreads provide punch through chunky, dark outlines and zany off-kilter expressions...These wacky goats guarantee a goofy good time."--Kirkus Reviews

"Bright electric colors outlined in thick black create just the right look to attract very young readers, who are also often just learning to count...providing a fun learning opportunity for kids with varying skill sets." — Booklist

"This animated counting book uses irreverent couplets and a screwball cast of goats for its humor. As if Thomas's goats weren't entertaining enough just to look at (and they are), Fox (Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes) pairs random and often mischievous goat activities with invitations for readers to count the wide-eyed animals." --Publishers Weekly

"Who could resist the invitation to count goats? Not the audience for this book, who will gleefully follow the rhyming text as it describes goats in various habitats and situations...This will make a spirited step up for those youngsters who’ve mastered counting along and want to show off their independent skills." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books,

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