Mindi and the Goose No One Else Could See – by Sam McBratney/illustrated by Linda Olafsdottir, Candlewick Press, 9781536212815, 2021
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Mindi has a big goose in her bedroom, the simple, direct, much needed illustrations show that it’s the shadow of different things in different pictures. The big goose is keeping Mindi awake at night. Her parents can’t see it or figure out how to deal with this imaginary fear. So her father walks a distance to a wise old man named Austen for advice. Upon Austen’s advice Mindi’s father takes Mindi along the long walk to Austen’s farm to meet the animals, including the two geese and a goat. Mindi befriends the goat and the old man has a very creative solution to the big goose dilemma. Trade the goat for the goose no one else can see. It works wonderfully and the farmer ends up with three geese in the last picture, leaving the children reading the book wondering where that third goose came from. I love the creative solution and the theories my kids came up with about the third goose at the end.
Anything you did not like about the book? This one had such a peculiar ending that I didn’t really appreciate it until the second time through, but it was a great way to open dialog after a story and inspire the imagination after that second read.
To whom would you recommend this book? Children ages 5-10,
Who should buy this book? librarians, teachers, and parents looking to add a little spark to children’s imaginations.
Where would you shelve it? jFiction (picture books)
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Near the top
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Vicky Deneault, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA
Date of review: May 15th 2021