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Children's Fiction Military & Wars

Sergeant Billy

The True Story of the Goat Who Went to War

by (author) Mireille Messier

illustrated by Kass Reich

Publisher
Tundra
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
Category
Military & Wars, Boys & Men, Pets
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780735264427
    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price
    $21.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3

Description

A delightful tale inspired by the true story of a brave goat war hero. Perfect for fans of Finding Winnie and Rescue and Jessica.

During World War I, a goat named Billy was adopted by a platoon of soldiers and made his way across the ocean to be part of the war effort.

Billy . . .
  •   Trained with the soldiers
  •   Was smuggled across the ocean
  •   Got snuck into the frontlines in a box of oranges
  •   Ate some secret documents and was arrested for treason
  •   Got trench foot
  •   Head-butted soldiers into a trench and saved them from a shell
  •   Came back home a decorated war hero

This charming true story follows Sergeant Billy from his small prairie town to the trenches of World War I and back, through harrowing moments, sad moments, moments of camaraderie and moments of celebration. This unforgettable goat and the platoon that loved him will capture your heart!

About the authors

Mireille Messier est une auteure jeunesse n&eacutee&agrave Montr&eacuteal, qui a grandi &agrave Ottawa et qui habite maintenant &agrave Toronto. Elle a travaill&eacute dans les domaines de la radiodiffusion et du th&eacute&acirctre. Depuis le lancement de son premier livre en 2003, Mireille a publi&eacute plus de vingt livres, certains en fran&ccedilais, d’autres en anglais, destin&eacutes aux enfants de tous les &acircges. Ma branche pr&eacutef&eacuter&eacutee a &eacutet&eacute mise en nomination pour les prix Shining Willow, Blue Spruce et pour les Prix litt&eacuteraires du Gouverneur g&eacuten&eacuteral. Mireille vit avec son mari, deux merveilleuses adolescentes, trois chats pelucheux et une centaine de poissons rouges.

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KASS REICH is an artist and educator. She graduated with a degree in Art Education from Concordia University, then worked in Beijing as an early childhood educator for nearly three years. Working with little ones inspired her to start making picture books for young learners. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

 

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Awards

  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Winner, Christopher Book Awards

Editorial Reviews

“Messier’s smooth, well-paced text and Reich’s muted gouache illustrations. . . . [i]maginatively conveys the drudgery—if not the sheer terror—of war to a young audience.” --Kirkus Reviews

“Messier takes young readers beyond the mud and blood of World War I with her rollicking humanizing tale of a goat and the soldiers who cared for it. Illustrator Kass Reich expertly captures the tone of Messier’s words with her delightful illustrations. . . . Highly recommended.” --CM Magazine
"“Humanizes the realities of war.” --CityParent

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