Picture Book Review of Go Fast, Goo by Todd Murphy


Go Fast, Goo by Todd Murphy

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 03
Perfect Paperback: 20 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing (September 11, 2012)

Genre: Picture book

Series: None

Source: From author for review

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Goo goes through life at a snail’s pace. He has to, because he is a snail. But when Goo sees some of his friends moving fast, he is sure that he can learn to be fast, too! Will Goo’s attempts to fly, jump, and swing succeed? Come with Goo as he learns that maybe being slow isn’t so bad after all.

My Thoughts:

This is a cute book.  It’s similar to other picture books I’ve read with my kids, but that didn’t count against it.  Goo is a snail that (obviously) moves very slowly.  He wishes he could move quickly like his friends, so he tries building various appendages like wings and long legs to help him go faster.  Of course, these inventions are more disastrous than helpful and Goo gets frustrated until one of his friends needs help finding her eggs.  Goo’s slow and careful method proves more effective than his friends’ frantic searching.

The illustrations are charming and bright.  I love the message that our perceived shortcomings may actually be our strengths.  This is a cute book with a great message for preschoolers and kids in the younger grades of elementary.

Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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