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  • Published: 3 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143775454
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $21.00

Goose the Artist

Meet Goose, a passionate artist who wants to create a PERFECT portrait and win the village art competition. But after a whole week of painting Puffin and friends, Goose is all aflutter. Is an artist’s work EVER good enough?

Goose strives to win an art award in this endearing tale from Kimberly Andrews' acclaimed Puffin the Architect series.
Im Goose! And I descend
from famous painter geese.
Every day I paint and draw
to make a masterpiece.

As Goose paints and paints to make the perfect picture, the deadline draws closer, the pressure mounts and Goose feels the cherished award slipping further and further out of reach. Then disaster strikes. Will anything or anyone help our tortured hero win through?

This delightful story is set in the endearing world of Puffin the Architect and her friends. Readers will love poring over Kimberly Andrews' detailed pictures and spotting the spider hidden on every page, as Goose explores the trials and rewards of making art.

Read all the books in Kimberly Andrews' award-winning series!

  • Published: 3 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143775454
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $21.00

About the author

Kimberly Andrews

Kimberly Andrews is a trained biologist and geologist who grew up in the Canadian Rockies. She has lived and worked in New Zealand, Borneo and the UK. In London, she worked for The House of Illustration, whose main ambassador is Quentin Blake. She also worked at the Natural History Museum in the live Butterfly House and also behind the scenes, assisting the curation of mammal specimens in the dry stores.

Kimberly's picture book illustrations have been widely acclaimed. She was awarded Storylines Notable Book Awards for Tuna and Hiriwa by Ripeka Takotowai Goddard (2016) and Song of the River by Joy Cowley (2019).

In 2019, the first story Kimberly wrote and illustrated, Puffin the Architect (2018), won the Russell Clark Award for Illustration and was a finalist for Best Picture Book in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. It also won a Storylines Notable Picture Book Award as well as the NZ Booklovers Award for Best Children’s Book. It has been published in five languages, with rights sold to Romania, Russia, China and Taiwan.

More stories followed featuring favourite animal characters from Puffin the Architect's charming world: Hound the Detective, highly commended by Storylines and a finalist for the Best Picture Book Award in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2021, and Moose the Pilot, a Storylines Notable Picture Book 2021.

Kimberly lives with her husband and two young daughters in a shipping-container house near Wellington, where she illustrates and writes, and runs her business Tumbleweed Tees, screen-printed clothing featuring her illustrations of New Zealand plants and wildlife.

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Praise for Goose the Artist

[E]ach page of this picture book is not only chocka full of things to look at, with also a rhyme to read, there is a search and find element as well. For budding art buffs, check the pages for arty clues in costumes, vases and wall art. Degas, Van Gogh, Picasso and more grace the story in different ways, along with other artists both brand new or accomplished. You will recognise some of Goose's famous friends, Puffin the Architect, Hound the Detective and Moose the Pilot, who all come to help their good friend Goose.

What Book Next?, Good Reads

Young readers are encouraged to interact with the book to find the spiders on each double page spread. Adult readers will chuckle when they see reference to famous artists such as Goose's hat and shirt in Van Gogh's Starry Night print, Van Gogh's sunflowers, and other artists' artwork on paintings, vases, material, etc. A delightfully funny and captivating story...Children who love art will especially be enthralled with the book.

Maria Gill, Kids Books NZ

Goose the Artist is a picture book that children can grow into. Little ones...love pouring over the detailed illustrations on each double page spread and have fun going on a spider hunt. There are eighteen in all, one hiding on each page. Creative youngsters who want to try their hand at different techniques and media such as charcoal, pastels and paints will find Goose’s rhyming, step by step descriptions of how she created each artwork a great help as they create their own masterpieces. And for older children there is so much more to learn. There are many visual references to artistic movements and styles throughout this book. As both a grandma and an art teacher I think Goose the Artist is a gem of a book. Kimberly Andrews has such a gift for teaching children about art in a delightfully playful and humorous way!

Lyn Potter, NZ Booklovers

The latest instalment in the Puffin the Architect series, this picture book (intended for readers aged 3-5) features Goose, who wants to create the perfect portrait in time for a village art contest. Although this passionate artist draws on a variety of skills, not everything always goes to plan for Goose. However, with perseverance, perhaps true colours may just come shining through.

Rural Living Auckland

Puffin the Architect's painter client steps up to the easel to create portraits of her friends in the style of famous artist, for a competition. Smart readers will spot the references straight away - a pointillist Giraffe, Hound a la Picasso, Cow in a Van Gogh landscape. A joyful addition to Puffin's whānau.

Ann Packer, NZ Listener 50 Best Kids' Books

Andrews is a wondrous artist and this series takes kids into a world of talented animals and their attempts to pursue art and life. When Goose tries to create a masterpiece in time to enter a competition the pressures of a deadline almost prove too much (sound familiar?) … high tension = high reward.

The great, late Christmas book guide for kids, The Spinoff

Awards & recognition

Storylines Notable Book Award

Awarded  •  2022  •  A Storylines Notable Picture Book

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Goose the Artist activity sheet

Make your own portraits with Goose the Artist!