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! 🙂


6 responses to “Book Review: My Goat Gertrude – by Starr Dobson

  1. Sounds like a funny story! I wonder if a goat would make a good pet…it would probably eat everything.


  2. I have the book, but since it’s a gift for my granddaughter I haven’t read it. Star did read it at the book signing I attended thought. Wish you had been there!!

    I love the illustrations.


    • Well, I did read it even though it is a gift. (Am I a bad Grandma?)
      I wanted to review this book and couldn’t wait until Christmas. 🙂 Maybe someone else will want to add it to their gift-giving, it’s a nice addition.

      You will be able to read the copy you have to your granddaughter at Christmas, what fun! But I wonder, could you have held off if you had not heard Starr read it at the book signing? hmmm

      I agree, the illustrations are fabulous. Dayle certainly captured the heart of the story, didn’t she?


  3. Hi there. Saw your blog on the shewrites list and thought your description sounded a lot like my own journey:) So here I am. Look forward to reading more. Love the snow storm too. Happy holidays!


    • Hi! How nice to know my blog is still showing up on the list.
      Merry Christmas to you, and I wish you all the best in your writing journey in 2012 as we both ‘write on’ in the new year.
      Thanks for stopping in. 🙂


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