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Goat Goes to Playgroup

Written by Julia Donaldson

Illustrated by Nick Sharratt

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LoveReading View on Goat Goes to Playgroup

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.

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Goat Goes to Playgroup Synopsis

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.

Goat Goes to Playgroup Press Reviews

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

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ISBN: 9781447254843
Publication date: 27/03/2014
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Board book

ISBN: 9781447210948
Publication date: 28/02/2013
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780330512282
Publication date: 03/02/2012
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781447254843
Publication date: 27th March 2014
Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Board book
Suitable for: 3+ readers

About Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented prize-winning author of some of the world's best-loved children's books, including modern classics The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child, which together have sold over 17 million copies worldwide, and the hugely successful What the Ladybird Heard adventures. Julia also writes fiction, including the Princess Mirror-Belle books illustrated by Lydia Monks, as well as poems, plays and songs – and her brilliant live shows are always in demand. She was Children’s Laureate 2011-13 and has been honoured with an MBE for Services to Literature. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between West ...

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