Synopsis: Moni is the goat boy who takes care of all the goats belonging to the people of Fideris, Switzerland. He loves to sing, yodel, and whistle while he romps with the goats all day long on the mountains. His favorite is a young kid named Mäggerli. One day Moni comes across a serious situation where he must keep a deceitful secret in order to protect Mäggerli from being killed. Will Moni risk the life of Mäggerli and tell the truth? This delightful short story teaches children that to trust God and do right is always better than being deceitful. 

Genres: Middle Grade, Historical, Classics, Short Story

Release Date: 12th January 2012 (this version) 1st January 1993 (original version)

Format Read: Audiobook

Review: What a sweet little short story of a goat boy and all his goats he cared for.

He loved his job taking the goats up to the mountains each day, eating what was provided by God and being up so close to him. When one baby kid almost got hurt he knew he had God at his side to help him save her. When one other boy came up near him one day though having found something valuable he tests the boys conscious over telling or saving the baby kid. He must decide himself what was the right thing by god. 

It was really honestly so sweet, so short though I could have listened to more of this story, of Moni and his goats of his budding friendship with Paula and his life long adventures caretaking for all these goats. It’s so vividly described as all of Johanna’s books are taking you to the breathtaking mountains. 

Narrator Review: Abigail Rasmussen is the narrator on this one and was actually incredibly good at her job, she is very clear in sharing the story, she is animated and expresses the emotions of the characters perfectly. I really enjoyed having her as the narrator on this one. 


About Author: Johanna Spyri (1827 – 1901) was a Swiss author of children’s stories, best known for Heidi. Born Johanna Louise Heusser in the rural area of Hirzel, Switzerland, as a child she spent several summers in the area around Chur in Graubünden, the setting she later would use in her novels.


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