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The Meanest Goose on Earth




192 Pages, 5.25 x 7.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $7.99 (US $7.99) (CA $10.99)

Publication Date: July 2024

ISBN 9781382052238

Rights: US & CA

Oxford University Press (Jul 2024)
Oxford Children’s

Price: $7.99


First in a new series for beginning readers about a truly awful goose named Gordon.

There are plenty of mean geese in the world. You’ve probably met one. They hiss and honk and chase you down for a measly scrap of bread.

But Gordon is the meanest of them all. Gordon is the meanest goose on earth. He stomps on sandcastles, punches sharks, and shouts at babies—he’s the worst, and he loves it.

Until one day, when Gordon has been particularly mean, Anthony the piglet hands him a flower. And with this one act of kindness, Gordon’s world begins to crumble.


"Latimer's rhyme scheme is wonderfully timed and plotted, giving a singsong cadence that is ideal for storytime. His illustrations are equally spot-on with bright colors and basic character design that give a gentle and caring feel. . . Sure to be a crowd-pleaser—highly recommended."School Library Journal on Am I Yours?

"A must-have addition to any children's collection and a surefire crowd-pleaser at a dinosaur storytime. One might call it a roaring success."Booklist, Starred Review of Am I Yours?
"With goofy, wide-eyed, stick-legged, plump-middled figures and just the sort of lunacy that could have sprung from an impish young imagination, this picture book makes for a cheerful, lightly subversive kids' point-of-view rejoinder to the lesson of owning up for your actions."Booklist on The Boy Who Cried Ninja

"Latimer has created offbeat digitally colored drawings brimming with quirky, diverse perspectives and hilarious details."—School Library Journal on The Boy Who Cried Ninja

"Hip and trendy but with a timeless theme, this is one enjoyable read."Kirkus Reviews on The Boy Who Cried Ninja
"Simple and effective, sure to elicit glee." —Kirkus Reviews on The Duck Never Blinks

"An especially welcome treat for audiences who are no doubt keeping their own eyes glued to the pages." - Publishers Weekly on The Duck Never Blinks
"A colorful and uplifting story that is more than just a beach read." Kirkus Reviews on Lulu and the Sea Monster
"Latimer, whose deadpan visual comedy is always a treat, once again proves he's adept at conveying life lessons with the lightest of touches."Publishers Weekly on Pig and Small

Author Biography

Alex is a South African writer and illustrator living in Cape Town. He has a degree in English and Philosophy and has written and illustrated for many major brands across the globe. Alex’s picture books are quirky and fun and full of humor that appeals to both children and adults. He has won the Hampshire Picture Book Award, the CELI Read Aloud Book Award and has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. His books include Am I Yours?, The Duck Never Blinks, Never Follow a Dinosaur, and The Boy Who Called Ninja.