Daily Archives: December 19, 2011

Book Review: My Goat Gertrude – by Starr Dobson

Book Review: My Goat Gertrude
Author: Starr Dobson
Illustrator: Dayle Dodwell
Genre: children’s (age 4-8)
Pages: 32 (with beautiful illustrations)
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing
Released: 2011
Price: $18.95 CDN
My Rating: Amusing, well-told, beautifully illustrated; for young children’s enjoyment.

If you are looking for just one more gift for a child this Christmas, or a special stand-alone gift, may I recommend this book by Starr Dobson? My Goat Gertrude is a fun read, written as told from the perspective of a little girl named Starr.

One day Starr’s daddy brings home a surprise, a white goat, much to the dismay of Starr’s mother but to the great delight of Starr and her sisters. This goat’s purpose is to be a help to the family, but she seems to cause more chaos than anything – not that the little girls of the family mind that. But one day Gertrude proves herself to be an ally to Starr, in an odd sort of way.

This story is entertaining and beautifully illustrated.  The fact that Starr Dobson claims that it is a true story makes it even more interesting. Plus, “a portion from the sale of this book will be donated to Special Olympics Nova Scotia.”

Starr Dobson is the producer and co-host of the Maritimes’ news magazine program Live at 5.  She has a husband, two children, one dog … but no goat.

(Shhh! I purchased My Goat Gertrude for my young grandson for Christmas, I’m sure he will enjoy it.)

You can find My Goat Gertrude listed on my BUY THE BOOK! page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂