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Barefoot Books – Catch That Goat! A Counting Tale from Nigeria (Picture Book)

Barefoot Books

Barefoot Books – Catch That Goat! A Counting Tale from Nigeria (Picture Book)


Product Code: BF015

Age: 3y+

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Barefoot Books – Catch That Goat! A Counting Tale from Nigeria (Picture Book)

Ayoka has been left in charge of the family goat, but within minutes it has vanished! As Ayoka searches the streets of town, she sees how much trouble a runaway goat can cause among the market stalls. One thing after another disappears, and when Ayoka finally catches up with the goat, she finds more than she had bargained for. Polly Alakija’s bright, detailed illustrations perfectly capture the vibrant bustle of a Nigerian street market. Children will enjoy counting the missing items as they help Ayoka find the goat on each page. Boisterously funny and authentic, Catch that Goat! is a unique find!

This extended edition includes additional pages of maps and cultural information about Nigeria and the Yoruba language.

Paperback: 40 pages

Awards: Picture Book of the Year Shortlist and Junior Design Awards

ISBN: 978-1846860577

Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.3 x 27.2 cm


‘On opening this book there is immediately a wonderful impression of colour, pattern and movement created in the first few pages and one already feels transported to Africa – a foreign land… The book is a joy to read and participate in. It is full of interest and entertainment for young children.’ —Montessori International

‘The detailed illustrations capture the hubbub and diversity of African town life so that, besides the story about a runaway goat, there are also lots of interesting talking points.’ —Nursery World

‘Where is Ayoka’s runaway goat? Join her as she hunts high and low among the hustle and bustle of a Nigerian street market, following the goat’s trail of destruction and counting backwards from ten to one as she goes.’ —Junior Education

Written and illustrated by:  Polly Alakija

About the author:

Polly Alakija lives in Ibadan, Nigeria, with her husband, four children, three dogs, three goats (none quite as mischievous as the one in Catch that Goat!), a giant tortoise and thirteen horses. She completed an art foundation course at Oxford Polytechnic before training as a Monetssori teacher. She then taught art to school children and art workshops in London before moving to Nigeria in 1990. She now combines her family life with freelance work as a painter, illustrator and interior designer. Catch that Goat! is Polly’s first picture book.