15 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Bloated Goat by Manley Peterson

I bought this book a while back thinking my 10-year-old son would enjoy it. He hasn’t gotten to it, but I read it and I’m not entirely sure what I think of it. It starts out with… well a bloated dead goat. A little odd and you know you’re in for a bit of a ride.

The writing is pretty well done. I will admit that the introduction of so many characters of different species completely lost me a few times and I had to flip back to remember who was who. Between that and the jumping around in scenes, it kind of felt like a bit of a mess.

Some parts of it are quite brilliant. For instance, the characters talk about the author and to you, reminding you are reading a book, etc. It works, but I think the shtick might have been slightly overdone.

I still think I would recommend this to 7th-8th graders. They might get a kick out of it. I would absolutely let my 4th grader read it as well, but I think some of it might go over his head.

Bloated Goat is a humorous middle grade children’s book filled with interesting, unique characters who find themselves in strange and silly situations. It is a light-hearted fantasy adventure in the same spirit as Shrek, Madagascar, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and would be a perfect match for adults and children who love to read together.

Here is a brief overview:

When Granny Hammy finds Bloated Goat face down in her front yard’s drainage ditch, her grandson Cocky Doodle thinks nothing of it. In fact, he says that’s just another normal day for his best friend. But when they discover that Bloated Goat has little black Xs for eyes and is even more bloated than normal, they realize it is much more serious.

Come join the fun in a wacky adventure filled with jewel thieves, a despondent wolf, an alligator gangster, a kingdom of hungry mushrooms, a shocking skunk wedding, and a mysteriously powerful chameleon known as Crazy Ned.

Bloated Goat is about 19,000 words and 80 pages long.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book count for 2011: 16

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