Tom Percival and Christine Pym
Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Alfonzo is a goat with a brand new, dapper coat; wearing it makes him feel on top of the world. He also has a kind heart so when out strutting his stuff in his stylish garment and he comes upon a family of homeless frogs in need of help Alfonzo is faced with a dilemma.
Altruism wins: the frogs sail off in a new blue boat; Alfonzo walks on in a cuffless coat.
But then he discovers a trembly cat, her tail in a trap. A bandage is required to stem the blood …
Soon the cat’s tail is covered: the goat’s nether regions anything but.
Further encounters with a panic-stricken hen …
and shivering hedgehogs leave the benevolent Alfonso alone and entirely coatless. Snow falls as night approaches.
Will the goat freeze without his coat?
Tom Percival’s rhyming cuddle of a tale is the perfect antidote to the current political climate demonstrating so beautifully that happiness lies not in possessions or self-interest but in friendship and selflessness. Christine Pym’s illustrations for his heart-warming story capture the feelings of helper and helped perfectly, injecting appropriate touches of humour along the way.