It begins with a big boy buying his mother a big goose for her birthday present – she's always wanted one for a pet. But there is just one problem: to buy the goose he has to borrow money from his gruff grandfather.

Now the grumpy old man was more than happy to loan the money, but only because he misunderstood what the big boy intended. He thought the boy was buying it for his birthday – for his eighty-eighth birthday just a few months away. He thought the boy was buying it so that Grandpa could, for the first time in his long life, have a taste of roast goose.

So the fun in the story is seeing how this can all conclude with a happy ending! It was a great read-aloud to share with my young daughters. The big goose is an excitable character, and the grandfather likes to bellow, which means that I got to get loud too.

DeJong won both the Hans Christian Anderson and Newbery awards for children's literature. If mom or dad is reading it, this is good for ages 4 and up.

Jon Dykstra and his siblings blog on books at

Jon Dykstra is the editor of Reformed Perspective ( and he and his siblings blog on books at