Goat Goes to Playgroup by Julia Donaldson
  

Goat Goes to Playgroup

Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Nick Sharratt

3+ readers   
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Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson gives an excellent simple and reassuring introduction to playgroup showing the fun it can be. Nick Sharratt’s bold illustrations capture the range of activities that goat could be enjoying with newly made friends – and how he also has his own, less group-orientated, activities.

A Piece of Passion from Ruth Austin, Junior Editor, Macmillan Children’s Books

I’ve always admired the liveliness of Julia and Nick’s work together and Suzanne Carnell – our publishing director and Julia’s commissioning editor – was generous enough to let me look after this book. I fell in love with the character of Goat from the moment I read Julia’s manuscript and as soon as I saw Nick’s drawings of a cheerful, cheeky little chap wearing a blue starry-patterned jumper that love was cemented. The story perfectly captures, with comforting warmth, all the highs and lows of a toddler’s day and most children will see themselves in this book and be reassured by it. The best way to describe Goat himself is ‘ebullient’, which is rather a grand adjective for such a little goat, but it’s the word I always reach for. He’s such a joyful and enthusiastic character, even though he gets into some awful pickles at playgroup (including the ultimate childhood trauma of wetting himself) whatever happens is soon made well, forgotten and by the next page Goat is sure to be smiling again.

Nick has deftly filled each page with subtle and familiar details, from the covers of the story books on the classroom shelves, to the children’s paintings on the walls and photographs of each character above their coat pegs – you can almost smell the poster paint, PVA glue and construction paper of your own childhood.

I hope you enjoy spending time with Goat at playgroup as much I did.

Synopsis

Goat Goes to Playgroup by Julia Donaldson

There's a commotion in the classroom as Goat and the other animals spend the day at playgroup. The musical instruments and the dressing up box are lots of fun, but - oh dear! - Goat gets into a muddle or two. Trademark Julia Donaldson rhymes and rhythms accompanied by Nick Sharratt's mischievous and funny illustrations make this board book a sure winner. Even the youngest toddler will enjoy Goat's antics!

This reassuring story is perfect reading for any child beginning, or already attending, a nursery or playschool. Recommended by Bookstart on their Starting School or Nursery reading list.

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A brilliant book for any little ones off to nursery for the first time ...Comforting and fun. -- Practical Parenting and Pregnancy

About the Author

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's best-loved picture books, and was the 2011-2013 UK Children's Laureate. Her books include Room on the Broom, What the Ladybird Heard and the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold over 13.5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over seventy languages. Julia also writes fiction as well as poems, plays and songs and her brilliant live children's shows are always in demand. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between Sussex and Edinburgh.

Click here to read a Q & A with Julia.

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Format

Board book
26 pages
Interest Age: From 2

Author

Julia Donaldson
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Author's Website

www.juliadonaldson.co.uk/

Publisher

Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

27th March 2014

ISBN

9781447254843

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