Once Upon a Goat by Dan Richards

Once Upon a Goat

A twisted fairy tale about a king and queen who wish for a child of their own…and end up with a baby goat. Perfect for readers of Children Make Terrible Pets and Wolfie the Bunny.Once upon a time, a very prim and proper king and queen begged their fairy godmother for a child. They’d prefer a boy, with glowing skin, bright eyes, and two roses for lips…but any kid will do. When they find themselves gifted with a baby goat (also known as a kid...

Details Once Upon a Goat

TitleOnce Upon a Goat
Release DateAug 27th, 2019
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Animals, Family

Reviews Once Upon a Goat

  • La Coccinelle
    This is a rather silly story about a king and queen who wish for a child ("Yes, but where would we put it?" asked the king. "Next to the vase on the hearth, naturally," replied the queen.) and end up getting much more than they bargained for when their fairy godmother leaves a literal kid on their doorstep. Things are a bit rough at first, but eventually the pair come to love their adopted hircine child. So when it's revealed that an even bigger ...
  • Bea
    Absolutely adorable. Cute, sweet but not sickly, story about love, family, adoption, and acceptance.
  • Abigail
    A king and queen, childless but longing to start a family, ask their Fairy Godmother for help, assuring her that "any kid" will do. When a little goat shows up on their doorstep, they are at first disconcerted, even going so far as to kick the creature out, when it eats the queen's roses. Eventually though, the royal couple comes to value this caprine child. Then the Fairy Godmother turns up again, and it turns out that a mistake was made - the h...
  • Billie
    I started laughing on page two and didn't stop. I called a co-worker over to read it with me and we were both laughing out loud. This was a lovely, delightful treat of a book with a perfect, sweet (if messy) ending.
  • Tasha
    A very naive king and queen tell their fairy godmother that they want to start a family. They’d like a child that they can place either on the hearth next to a vase or out in the garden by the roses. They say that a boy would be great, but “any kid will do.” So at the next full moon, they open their castle door to discover a baby goat on their doorstep. They reluctantly bring the goat into their perfectly designed home where it immediately ...
  • Chris
    There’s a lot to chew on in “Once Upon A Goat,” by Dan Richards—just ask the main character, a sweet little four-footer with nubs for horns and the sweetest expression you’ve ever seen. Kids will get a kick-out of this fun read. A bite out of the page greets them when they open the book, the culprit shown chewing away on the missing piece of paper. The story begins with a grand spread showing a glum king and queen standing next to their...
  • Becky
    Apparently I'm in a bad mood because all of the other reviews are raving. Unfortunately, I found the writing a little stiff. I get the sentiment the book was going for, and I like it in theory, but it wasn't quite what I was hoping for. Nice illustration style.Oh! The king's foot pop is magical and my favorite part. The best illustration addition.
  • Amanda Zirn Hudson
    The most adorable, funny, and heartwarming story of a King and Queen who wishes for a baby. Their fairy godmother wants specifics so they tell her, "Any kid will do!" When they look on their doorstep on the next full moon they are surprised to see a different type of "kid"... a fuzzy baby goat! A clever story with the most charming illustrations, this is a must for any little (or big) readers' bookshelf!
  • Ms. Yingling
    This is completely adorable and has a great message! It's selfish of me to want Mr. Richards to only write middle grade like Stu Truly. This goat! So cute.
  • Kathryn
    So cute I loved this story
  • Lisa D
    Loved it!
  • Engel Dreizehn
    Cute little tale of mixed up gone...kind of sweet with sweet ending for both human and goat.
  • Sarah
    This is a perfect read aloud!
  • Josiphine/Tessa
    Great illustrations and a winning story = a fantastic picture book
  • Katherine
    An absolutely precious book about love and family.
  • Stephanie - Adventures Thru Wonderland
    *I received a copy from the publisher. This does not affect my review.*I wasn't sure what to think about this one when I started, but quickly found it endearing and a quick and enjoyable read. I liked the messages of adoption, acceptance, and what it means to be a family, and to be happy.
  • Erin Buhr
    Oh this is the kind of picture book my kids love most. From the moment you notice the little chewed corner of the first page you know this is going to be a good one. It starts with a fairy tale like premise of a king and queen who ask their fairy godmother for a child - any kid will do. A goat appears on their doorstep. This is funny enough but the twist towards the end makes it even better and the sweet ending all the more satisfactory. A terrif...
  • Arielfranchakyahoo.com
    Such a fun book that kids and adults will enjoy! I loved the humor, creativity and delightful illustrations in Once Upon A Goat. Perhaps my favorite part of the book is the very first page that is intentionally designed to look as if it has been bitten off by the baby goat in this book. Not only was the story both pleasing to the ear and to the eye, but it had a heartwarming message at the end. I highly recommend this book to teachers, parents, a...
  • Ireadkidsbooks
    A "Be careful what you wish for" twisted fairy tale of a king and queen who should've been a bit more specific when they requested "a kid" for their family!
  • Jenn
    The king and queen decide they are ready for a child and tell the fairy godmother about the "kid" they want. When she delivers, it's a goat. They decide maybe this goat is easier than a baby, other than its appetite for flowers. When FG comes back for a visit, she realizes her mistake. But swapping babies isn't necessarily the answer.Loved the touch of the front pages being nibbled by the goat. X agrees it would be a good WYReads choice. It keeps...
  • Ms. Hartmann
    I really liked this book overall. My low rating comes from the fact that I feel some parts could have been done better. I was bothered when the king and queen express their desire for a child with "glowing skin, bright eyes, and hair like ocean waves" and "preferably a boy." I understand that the book overall had a message about inclusiveness, but it seemed that it fell into some stereotypical themes of what the ideal child would be.
  • Molly Cluff (Library!)
    Similar theme as "The Princess and the Pig"-- I absolutely love silly "fairytale" esque stories like this. A king and queen ask their fairy godmother for a "kid," and they end up with a goat kid. Simple, silly concept. I quite enjoyed.
  • Heidi Kuipers
    Crazy about the illustrations, cute story too!