The Greedy Goat by Petr Horacek

The Greedy Goat

Written by Petr Horacek
Illustrated by Petr Horacek

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

Bright and beautiful to look at, Petr Horacek’s latest picture book is a visual feast, and seems to be a farmyard reworking of Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Goat is bored with grass and decides to try something different. She eats her way through the dog’s food, the cat’s milk, the pig’s potato peelings, and even the farmer’s pants! After all that she feels very unwell – unsurprisingly - and on a wonderful double page turns green! It’s a very funny story and children will love Greedy Goat and her culinary adventure. Petr Horacek’s bold, vibrant illustrations are absolutely stunning as always. ~ Andrea Reece


The Greedy Goat by Petr Horacek

Goat has had enough of eating grass. She wants to try something different - the dog's food, the pig's potatoes and even the farmer's pants. But things go wrong in this hilarious, but cautionary, farmyard tale from the Kate Greenaway-Medal shortlisted illustrator described by the Washington Post as the thinking tot's Eric Carle.


"Petr Horacek is one funny guy, as well as a natural-born teacher and a whizz with a paintbrush. Put him down as the thinking tot's Eric Carle." Washington Post

About the Author

Petr Horacek

Petr Horacek trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague before becoming a graphic designer, illustrator and painter. He won the Books for Children Newcomer Award with Strawberries Are Red and What Is Black and White? He is also the creator of the loveable Suzy Goose character who has featured in Silly Suzy Goose, Look Out, Suzy Goose and Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star. Born in Czechoslovakia, Petr now lives in Worcestershire with his wife and two daughters. Click here to read an interview with Petr.

As a child

"I grew up in Prague in the Czech Republic. Just outside our flat there was a wood where I spent lots of time playing with friends. We would climb on piles of soil or build bunkers from forgotten builder’s materials. I always wanted to be an illustrator, but I preferred to look at the pictures inside the books rather than to read them. I would listen to the story or watch a film and then fill up my sketchbook with pictures and images from the story. I started to read books quite late, but I haven’t stopped since."

As an adult

"I studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Prague where I painted and drew for six years. Some of my pictures were as big as a double bed! Every autumn the teachers drove us to the countryside where they left us for a few weeks (once even a few months!) to paint and draw the landscape. Since then I have adored the autumn. One day an English girl called Claire came into my studio and before I knew it, I was living in England. We are married now and I love England, but it took me some time to learn English – in fact, I’m still learning."

As an artist

"My two daughters Tereza and Cecilia are the biggest inspiration for my work. I started to work on children’s books when Tereza was born. For my first books, Strawberries are Red and What is Black and White?, I received the Books for Children Newcomer Award 2001. It was presented to me in a restaurant and we had a nice lunch. I still remember the lunch and I still have the trophy. I like doing novelty books best. I think it’s very exciting looking through the holes in the pages and seeing what will happen if I turn one more page!

Things you didn't know about Petr Horacek

I love children's drawings.
I love looking at the sky.
I love walking in woods and picking mushrooms.
I love snow and I know how to ski.
I love cakes (any cakes!) and vanilla ice cream (or any other ice cream!).
I love playing tennis and I play as much as I can.
I love watching people walking their dogs.
I love music – from the very old to the very loud and rattley.
I love listening to the radio. I record programmes I can't listen to, then pile the recorded tapes on top of my hi-fi.
I can't spell. (It's rather embarrassing.)

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Book Info


32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Author's Website


Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

7th July 2016




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