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Never say boo to a goose!
Wood, Jakki.
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Bath : Barefoot Books, 2002.
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23 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 x 27 cm
A pesky little kitten learns a big lesson as he journeys around the farmyard, trying to put his mother's advice of "Never say 'boo' to a goose" to the test.
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PIC.BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Tiger, a pesky little kitten, roams the farmyard with a hearty dose of curiosity and startles one animal after another, eager to put his mother's advice of never say Boo to a goose to the test. But when he finally finds what he's looking for, Tiger is in for a surprise. This interactive storybook builds youngsters' vocabularies and makes an ideal read-aloud. Illustrations.

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Booklist Review

PreS. A big mother cat tells her kittens they are free to play anywhere in the farmyard, but she warns them, "Whatever you do, never say `Boo!' to a goose." The striped kitten Tiger, however, has his own ideas, and he goes off to bother the chickens, the donkey, the dog, the pigs, the sheep and, of course, the goose. As the silly kitten approaches each animal with, "Boo, goose!" the animal laughs (as young listeners will), makes its distinctive animal sound (from "Quack, quack, quack" to "Oink oink oink"), and tells Tiger that he is not looking at a goose. Children will love the anticipation of waiting for the cat to finally say, "Boo!" to the goose, and they will enjoy what happens when he does. The colorful fabric artwork is warm and cheery, bringing the appealing farm animals, with their button eyes, close-up and clear for a young audience. --Kathy Broderick

Publisher's Weekly Review

As with Mother Goose Remembers, Clare Beaton's fabric illustrations once again infuse a tale for the nursery set with exuberant energy. A curious kitten disobeys his mother in the paper-over-board Never Say Boo to a Goose! by Jakki Wood, illus. by Clare Beaton. "I can say `Boo!' to anyone I like," thinks the frisky feline, but when he finally comes up against a goose, he's unexpectedly humbled. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Mother Cat tells her four kittens that they can go into the farmyard but "-whatever you do, never say `Boo!' to a goose." Tiger wonders why not and decides to find out, but, not knowing what one looks like, he goes from one group of animals to another saying, "Boo, goose!" Finally, Tiger encounters a goose, who hisses and honks at him, and the kitten makes a hasty retreat home. The story of the barnyard quest has certainly been done many times before, and this version adds nothing to the canon. The felt-appliqu, color illustrations use buttons and beads for eyes and represent more of an exercise in sewing than in creative expression. Say no to this one.-Susan Pine, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.