This is a wonderful junior novel. It is super cute, and it kept me quite engaged and looking forward to knowing what happens to the goat in this very entertaining story.
When kid accompanies her parents to New York City for a six month stint of dog-sitting and home-schooling, she sees what looks like a tiny white cloud on the top of their apartment building. She wonders what this was.
People say there’s a goat living on the roof, but how can that be? Kid doesn’t think it would be possible for a goat to live on an apartment building.
As Kid soon discovers, a goat may be the least odd thing about her new home, whose residents are both strange and fascinating at the same time.
In the penthouse lives Joff Vanderlinden, the skateboarding fantasy writer who happens to be blind. On the ninth floor are Doris and Jonathan, a retired couple adapting to a new lifestyle after Jonathan’s stroke. Kenneth P. Gill, on the tenth floor, tends to burble on nervously about his pet hamsters – or are they guinea pigs? And there’s Kid’s mother who is rehearsing for an Off Broadway show and is sure it will be a big flop.
Then Kid meets Will, whose parents died in the Twin Towers. And when she learns that the goat will bring good luck to whoever sees it, suddenly it becomes very important to know whether the goal on the roof is real. Could there really be a real goat living on the roof of his apartment building?
Irene S. Roth