Meet a very greedy goat. She is not content with the usual diet of grass. Oh no – so off she goes eating a variety of unsuitable items including the farmer’s pants. The result – a very bad stomach ache.
A picture book by Petr Horáček is always a treat. His bold, colourful illustrations demand pleasurable attention and can be appreciated by all ages. However, they are not overwhelming. The simple background colours -mainly white, occasionally vibrant blue or green, ensure that that the images are direct and uncluttered. There is always the texture of the goat’s coat to add variety. Goat’s cheeky, greedy character stands out – and there is no denying the effect of her greed. The text is just as simple and direct, allowing for plenty of repetition as well as introducing both colours and days of the week. The conclusion is satisfying – has goat learnt a lesson. I wonder. This is what a picture book for the very youngest should be like.