Bummer and the Nanny Goat

Children - Picture Book
32 Pages
Reviewed on 06/12/2021
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Bummer is a pet bighorn sheep. When she started getting weak, the family called the vet and were told to feed her only goat’s milk. After a few days of driving a fair distance to obtain the goat’s milk, Dad decides to purchase the family’s very own Nanny Goat. It’s an adventure getting the Nanny Goat into the family camper, but they manage. The stress doesn’t end there, as, once at the farm, the Nanny Goat refuses to allow Bummer to nurse. Now the family has to manage a goat milking routine to provide Bummer with her much-needed goat’s milk. Dad takes on the chore initially, until one day an emergency calls him away from the farm for an extended period of time and the family runs out of goat’s milk for Bummer. Someone else has to milk the Nanny Goat.

Jylene Morgan’s picture book story, Bummer and the Nanny Goat, is a funny, sweet story about an unusual family pet, a bighorn sheep. The story is told in simple language with lots of dialogue, with some repetitive dialogue comments like “I don’t want to do it,” to encourage young readers to read along. The colorful illustrations help move the story forward. There is a lot of fun and humor in this clever little story and young readers will learn the importance of collaboration and creative thinking as the family in the story comes together to solve the dilemma facing Bummer’s goat’s milk situation. I’m sure young readers will be particularly amused with the final solution to milk the Nanny Goat – something that requires the entire family’s involvement. Beautifully told – a fun read.