Billy and Goat at the State Fair

illus. by Dan Yaccarino. 40p. ebook available. Knopf. Jun. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780385753258; lib. ed. $19.99. ISBN 9780385753265.
K-Gr 2—Billy (a boy) and Goat (a goat) are great friends and enjoy spending time together, though they do things very differently. The boy is content to read about adventure but Goat wants to live it. Billy likes the fragrance of flowers but Goat likes the taste. They both get excited about attending the upcoming state fair where Billy can enter his pal in the "Best-Goat Competition." On the big day, Goat finds the noise and the crowd thrilling but Billy is a bit overwhelmed by it all. While the goat takes full advantage of all there is to see and do at the fair, Billy spends most of his time trying to find his friend, until he realizes that he's actually enjoying himself. The competition doesn't end the way they would have liked, but they both have a great day and the boy has more confidence after his experiences. The artwork, created with brush and ink and Adobe Photoshop, contains bright, bold colors and varies from vignettes to spreads.
VERDICT A fine introduction to state or county fairs for young children.

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