cover image Big Goof and Little Goof

Big Goof and Little Goof

Joanna Cole. Scholastic, $12.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-590-41591-0

In three short stories, the Coles reveal the sweet, goofy existences of two guys--are they brothers, daffy uncle and nephew, father and son? It doesn't matter. When Little Goof wants a pet and gets a turtle, they read in a library book that a dog has four legs and decide that the turtle is a dog--named Doggie--who likes to swim. In the second story, Little Goof tears off calendar pages, and Big Goof thinks it's winter during a summer day. Finally, when they accidentally mix up their clothes, Big Goof thinks he's getting woefully bigger, and Little Goof, drowning in Big Goof's clothes, thinks he is getting smaller. Brown's pictures are almost as silly as those she did for Let's Go Swimming with Mr. Sillypants , and these heroes are two nerdy originals. This cannot be the last of the Goofs. Ages 5-8. (Oct.)