This charmingly illustrated rhyming picture book about Alfonzo, a goat with a very special coat, celebrates the power of kindness and friendship.
Let me tell you the tale of Alfonzo the goat,
who was terribly proud of his lovely new coat.
Alfonzo was happy; he pranced and he skipped.
Then he heard a sad noise, croaking out of a ditch.
Alfonzo couldn't be happier. He just got an amazing new coat, and he feels like a million dollars. But when he discovers some creatures in need of help, will Alfonzo be able to give up his treasured possession to save the day?
This great big hug of a book shows that kindness is definitely the best recipe.
Awards for Tom Percival
Herman's Letter--A Kids' Indie Next List Pick
Tom Percival writes and illustrates picture books and has also produced covers and internal illustrations for the Skulduggery Pleasant series. He grew up in a remote and beautiful part of South Shropshire He now lives in a far more conventional building (a house), with his girlfriend and their young sons.
“In buoyant rhymed couplets and well-executed meter, Percival underscores the rewards of resourcefulness and care in this cheering friendship story.” —Publishers Weekly
“. . . [B]rightly colored, stylized, anthropomorphic animals--humorously goggle-eyed--appear in various indoor and outdoor landscapes. The layout aids in a read-aloud.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Rhyming couplets relay this story of kindness and generosity, but the illustrations, rendered in watercolor and pencil crayon, are what will endear it to readers.” —Booklist
“This charming story is ideal for story-time read-alouds or building values and character education collections at home or in the classroom.” —Foreword Reviews
"Filled with teachable moments, this picture book is a playful read-aloud that is sure to spark discussion about acts of kindness and helping one another." - School Library Journal
“Little ones . . . will appreciate this silly forest frolic.” —Booklist on HERMAN'S VACATION
“A goofy and fun picture book.” —School Library Journal on HERMAN'S VACATION
“Hibernation, dedication and one long-distance friendship that will never be forgotten: a must-have when a friend moves away.” —Kirkus Reviews on HERMAN'S LETTER
“This book proves that true friendship endures despite distance and duress.” —School Library Journal on HERMAN'S LETTER
“[Percival's] portrayal of Herman's vulnerability is touching and funny.” —Publishers Weekly on HERMAN'S LETTER
“This offbeat, gently amusing fantasy is recommended for larger collections.” —Booklist on HERMAN'S LETTER