Naturally, I google “Anne Fleming” + “The Goat” whenever I am bored, in much the same way my kid used to do a little dance in front of me, waving arms and saying, “Attention! Attention! Attention!”
The pay-off is mention of The Goat on lovely peoples’ blogs.
Like Leslie Vermeer’s Reading With a Pencil “I admire this book so much for its deft layering, its playfulness, and its poignancy. The book is beautifully patterned, and as the adjacent plot lines come together, readers may perceive several subtle but important lessons. In short, ‘The Goat’ is a delightful reading experience.”
And Sal’s Fiction Addiction: “The New York City scenes are described beautifully, the characters are memorable, the wordplay is perfect, and the story is a wonderful blend of joy, sadness, intrigue and hope for all concerned. I think you should read it. It is a book I will read again, for love of the writing itself and for better recall of every action it so skillfully describes.”
eveninaustraliakidlit.blogspot.ca predicts it will win the Newbery. Wouldn’t it be cool if she was right? Only it can’t win the Newbery because I am not American.