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Friday, August 6, 2010

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld. Chronicle, Raincoast. 2009. $19.99 ages 3 and up

"Hey, look! A duck!
That's not a duck.
That's a rabbit!"

I have had so much fun sharing this wonderful book with both kids and adults, in classrooms and in workshops!

Can you tell when you look at the cover? Are those a rabbit's ears or a duck's bill? That's what it takes to create a magical book to be shared and shared again. Two people are trying to make the final decision about the illustration...each has a perfectly good reason for an opinion, and neither can agree with the other. It goes back and forth. Is that a piece of bread looking for a home between the rabbit's ears? What's that carrot doing aiming itself at the back of the duck's head?

Who comes up with these ideas and how do they construct such an amazing book? It is hilarious and so smart. Kids from the earliest age will get the joke and be enamored of it. Everything about it is great...right down to the zebra on the back cover sporting an awesome UPC! Well, it looks like a zebra!

While the backgrounds may change, the singular image never does. That is painfully clear and yet, there are times when you find your view skewed by the dialogue. It will be loved by one and all. Early readers will soon be reading it verbatim to anyone who will listen and be charmed. I LOVE it!

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