The Serious Goose
Meet a very Serious Goose in late-night host Jimmy Kimmel's first fun and funny picture book! There is nothing silly about this goose. You CANNOT make her laugh, so DON'T EVEN TRY!Written, illustrated, and lettered by Jimmy Kimmel, this picture book challenges young readers to bring the silly out of a very Serious Goose. Inspired by Jimmy’s nickname for his kids, The Serious Goose reminds us to be silly in a serious way. Challenge your little comedians to make this no-nonsense goose smile. This delightful read-aloud is guaranteed to create gaggles of giggles time and time again! Kimmel’s proceeds from sales of THE SERIOUS GOOSE will be donated to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and children’s hospitals around the country.

The Serious Goose Details

TitleThe Serious Goose
Author
ReleaseDec 3rd, 2019
PublisherRandom House Books for Young Readers
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Humor, Animals, Fiction, Storytime, Birds, 1st Grade, Audiobook, Juvenile

The Serious Goose Review

  • Jennie Damron
    January 1, 1970
    My daughter read this out loud to me while taking a break from Christmas shopping at the book shop. We both were cracking up and smiling. It's mainly about a goose who is too serious to smile. The witty rhyming and the ending made this book that much more enjoyable. I think I enjoyed that I shared this with my daughter even more.
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  • Donna Backshall
    January 1, 1970
    I love that the proceeds of this book will be donated to children's hospitals around the world. That said, it's not a great book. It had a great reason to be written, but otherwise it's just okay. Reading it with a particularly eager-to-get-silly three year old might be fun, but it's not one I'd put at the top of the list to buy as a gift for the next baby shower I'm invited to.
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  • Melissa (The Reader & The Chef)
    January 1, 1970
    *Thanks to PRH Audio for the review copy of this audiobook!*The fun thing about this audiobook is that it is written AND narrated by Jimmy Kimmel. It’s cutesy, but the audiobook must definitely be listened to WHILE reading the physical book or ebook. It doesn’t stand on its own. There were certain parts where I just couldn’t picture the Serious Goose. However, I bet it’s an interactive picture book for kids!
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    Just watched Jimmy Kimmel read this to his kids on his show. So cute!
  • Ms. B
    January 1, 1970
    An interactive picture book by late night host Jimmy Kimmel. Can you make the goose laugh before the end of the book?
  • Abby Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    A fun participatory story that will have kids being so super silly. Pair this with The Book with No Pictures or Can You Make a Scary Face? for certain giggles in storytime.
  • Claudia
    January 1, 1970
    A very serious goose...who will not laugh...will not smile. But Jimmy Kimmel knows just what will make our serious goose into a silly goose. This will be fun to read with little ones.
  • Jan Polep
    January 1, 1970
    Jimmy Kimmel's first picture book is full of laughs for both little and big people....silly drawinga and one-liners abound. Dare you not to laugh. Hope he is working on a second book.
  • Susan Crowe
    January 1, 1970
    So corny! But my grandchildren will love it!!
  • FanFiAddict
    January 1, 1970
    *Thanks to PRH Audio for a review copy of The Serious Goose*While this more than likely makes a hilarious read with your children, probably along the lines of The Wonky Donkey, it doesn't quite stand on its own as an audiobook. Jimmy Kimmel does a fine job with the narration, but it needs to be more of a companion piece rather than just a 4 minute listen by itself.Based on the cover, I can imagine the illustrations are quite comical. I am also impressed by the fact that Kimmel not only wrote, *Thanks to PRH Audio for a review copy of The Serious Goose*While this more than likely makes a hilarious read with your children, probably along the lines of The Wonky Donkey, it doesn't quite stand on its own as an audiobook. Jimmy Kimmel does a fine job with the narration, but it needs to be more of a companion piece rather than just a 4 minute listen by itself.Based on the cover, I can imagine the illustrations are quite comical. I am also impressed by the fact that Kimmel not only wrote, illustrated, lettered, AND narrated the book, but is also donating all proceeds from sales of THE SERIOUS GOOSE to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and children’s hospitals around the country.
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  • Janille N G
    January 1, 1970
    This children’s book is really funny and cute! I found it to be a lot of fun to read with my son because it is short, with a simple concept. The text/font is also extremely large, and I feel that older children around the ages of 1 to 2 years will be able to follow along with the story very easily. The colours are also vibrant but not overwhelming, as Kimmel chooses to mainly use whites, blacks and oranges and avoids bombarding the reader with too many colours.My one critique is that I don’t This children’s book is really funny and cute! I found it to be a lot of fun to read with my son because it is short, with a simple concept. The text/font is also extremely large, and I feel that older children around the ages of 1 to 2 years will be able to follow along with the story very easily. The colours are also vibrant but not overwhelming, as Kimmel chooses to mainly use whites, blacks and oranges and avoids bombarding the reader with too many colours.My one critique is that I don’t think this book is interesting enough to become a classic. It’s sweet and adorable, but nothing overly special, so I don’t think it will go down as a memorable story in my household.❥❥❥ (out of 5)
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Color me impressed that Jimmy Kimmel wrote, illustrated, and lettered this book -- it's a definite standout in the field of (usually sub-par) celebrity picture books. As such, it's sure to get compared to "The Book With No Pictures," especially with its similarly interactive premise. Can you, the reader, make this Serious Goose laugh? The book includes a mylar mirror to practice your silliness. It's got "group readaloud" written all over it.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    There are a lot of celebrities that think because they are celebrities they must write a children's book because children under 5 really care about celebrities a lot, or something.This book is not that book. This book is awesome! It would be a good interactive storytime book, imo. Or if you're not a librarian, it would be a good read-aloud book to kids.
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  • Liliana
    January 1, 1970
    Such a funny book. Found it at Costco!! Read in five minutes as I was wondering through the store. Surprised my dad with it as a joke.
  • Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies
    January 1, 1970
    Well we did it. We made the super serious goose smile and make him actually quite a silly goose. Mission accomplished. Very cute book. Was pleasantly surprised.
  • Theresa Grissom
    January 1, 1970
    I think when I try to read this out loud in the library, I may have chaos. Looking forward to it. :-)
  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    This was a pretty fun book that would get a real giggle out of my storytime kids. Definitely fun if you incorporate the interactive element!
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Worth a try at storytime...
  • Judi
    January 1, 1970
    This is a hoot! Or maybe I should say honk?Jimmy Kimmel wrote, illustrated and narrated this children's book that is dedicated to his kids and the hospital where his youngest (at the time of this writing) received heart surgery as an infant. It's a fun, interactive, romp!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Are you looking for a silly goose? Well, this book ONLY has a serious goose, so you're out of luck -- unless, you are silly enough to make it smile! With the help of a built-in mirror and your silly face, maybe you can succeed!
  • Cherie Gilmore
    January 1, 1970
    Audiobook read by the author. Run time 4 minutes. Proceeds for this book go to a charity. So I feel quite like the Grinch giving it such a low rating. I think the target audience is perhaps Kindergarten or preK. Read by a parent or teacher I think this book will shine. My fourth grader was not amused. Her review was “Was this written for a second grader, or written by a second grader?” My recommendation is to get the book if this book interests you. As an audiobook it just falls flat. It’s Audiobook read by the author. Run time 4 minutes. Proceeds for this book go to a charity. So I feel quite like the Grinch giving it such a low rating. I think the target audience is perhaps Kindergarten or preK. Read by a parent or teacher I think this book will shine. My fourth grader was not amused. Her review was “Was this written for a second grader, or written by a second grader?” My recommendation is to get the book if this book interests you. As an audiobook it just falls flat. It’s missing the necessary group of silly children.
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  • Margaux
    January 1, 1970
    A great storytime pick. I was talking to my coworker, and we both felt it might be trying to emulate The Book with No Pictures just a little bit, but other than that it's a really great book. With a storytime, I'd type up the words opposite the page with the mirror and tape them to the back of the book, so that each kid can actually look at their face in the mirror. Otherwise, it would also make a good lap-sit book.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    A cantankerous goose is teased, shamed, and ogled to the point of insanity—all for the amusement of small children. Legal action pending.But seriously, Kimmel’s first foray into children’s lit is a hoot (or a honk?). .Within its pages, readers are tasked with converting a goose from serious to silly. Highlights include a snail-topped pizza, goose puns for grownups, and a mylar mirror that invites young readers to muster up their silliest face for the cause. .Fans of Mo Willams’ cheeky Pigeon and A cantankerous goose is teased, shamed, and ogled to the point of insanity—all for the amusement of small children. Legal action pending.✨✨But seriously, Kimmel’s first foray into children’s lit is a hoot (or a honk?). .Within its pages, readers are tasked with converting a goose from serious to silly. Highlights include a snail-topped pizza, goose puns for grownups, and a mylar mirror that invites young readers to muster up their silliest face for the cause. 🤪.Fans of Mo Willams’ cheeky Pigeon and bold minimalism with love it, as will any children’s librarian who appreciates the kind of story that gets the whole room mooing. 🐮
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  • Marmi Le
    January 1, 1970
    If you like Mo Willems, then you will like this since it has a similar visual style and cheekiness. And the proceeds go toward children's hospitals, so it's a no brainier really. It has a great admonition to parents on the inside flap: it only takes 5 minutes to read, so you can get on with your life Been a fan of Jimmy since his Kevin and Bean days, and now I work at a children's hospital, so pretty much I had no choice but to support him and have my kids' grandparents buy this for them for If you like Mo Willems, then you will like this since it has a similar visual style and cheekiness. And the proceeds go toward children's hospitals, so it's a no brainier really. It has a great admonition to parents on the inside flap: it only takes 5 minutes to read, so you can get on with your life 😆 Been a fan of Jimmy since his Kevin and Bean days, and now I work at a children's hospital, so pretty much I had no choice but to support him and have my kids' grandparents buy this for them for their Xmas present.
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  • DelGal
    January 1, 1970
    I'm normally quite a silly goose, but Serious Goose somehow managed to rub off on me during my read and alas, I turned into a very serious goose...and didn't even crack a smile! I'm shocked! I don't know if I should be amazed at this magical ability, or annoyed with the author for turning me into a serious goose. Ever so glad that proceeds from this book gets donated to Children's hospital, but I need help getting my silly back!
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  • Stevo Brock
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of January 2020, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet / Stevo's Nobel Ideas. You can find me at http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1, on my Stevo's Novel Ideas Amazon Influencer page (https://www.amazon.com/shop/stevo4747), on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Stevo4747), on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/brocksteve/) or search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    This is a cute book that would most appropriate for very young children - kindergarten and below ideally. I can totally see them giggling while trying to get the goose to smile in the included mirror, which is a neat addition to the book. It sends a good message to children and I love that the proceeds are being given to Children's Hospitals. I appreciate Jimmy Kimmel's efforts to write the book and give away all the money - kudos on your generosity sir!
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  • Sheron
    January 1, 1970
    Written, illustrated, and lettered by Jimmy Kimmel, this picture book challenges young readers to bring the silly out of a very Serious Goose. Inspired by Jimmy's nickname for his kids, The Serious Goose reminds us to be silly in a serious way. Put your little comedians in front of a mylar mirror and challenge them to make this no-nonsense goose smile. This delightful read-aloud is guaranteed to create gaggles of giggles time and time again!
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    The Serious Goose is not about to laugh, no way. It's too serious for that kind of monkey business. Jimmy Kimmel has written and illustrated a book that is sure to keep kids up giggling way past their bedtime. Kids age 2 - 12 and their parents will love spending time together reading this silly book and acting like silly gooses.
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  • Hugh Mcdonald
    January 1, 1970
    The Serious Goose by Jimmy Kimmel is a cute, interactive, & humorous Children’s book that engages kids & tries to get them to turn a Serious Goose into a Silly good. This would be a fun read aloud for young kids. It reminds me of The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak. It will be a laugh out loud good time with your child/children.
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