Tuesday, August 15, 2017

EARLY READER REVIEWS: Duck, Duck, Porcupine!/My Kite is Stuck! And Other Stories by Salina Yoon


ABOUT THE BOOK

Big Duck likes to boss around her younger brother, Little Duck, and she fancies herself the leader of their trio--when joined by their gentle friend Porcupine. Little Duck doesn't speak yet, but through his expressions and his actions, he shows that he has a better grasp on any situation than his older sister. Told entirely through dialogue and visual storytelling with subtle humor throughout, Little Duck ends up getting the trio out of whatever jam they are in.

REVIEW

Every since I discovered the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems, I've been keeping my eyes open for books with similar qualities.  Qualities such as delightful, expressive illustrations, short, funny stories, and great characters.  I'm delighted to say that I have found such a series in this new series by Salina Yoon.  I love the bright, colorful illustrations, they are very eye-catching and appealing.  The characters make me smile and even laugh.  And I have no doubt that young listeners/readers will love the fact that Little Duck is the one with all the good sense (in the first story, Little Duck is the only one who notices the dark clouds moving in as Big Duck and Porcupine plan a picnic).  Each book has three short stories in it.  In this first volume, the first story revolves around a planned picnic that goes wrong when rain clouds move in; the second story involves Big Duck trying desperately to remember something while Little Duck does his best to remind her what it is she's forgotten; and story three involves a camping trip that Big Duck makes way to complicated.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Loud and in-charge Big Duck, quiet and clever Little Duck, and friendly and gentle Porcupine return in another delightful trio of stories. First, Big Duck and Porcupine are so busy building her lemonade stand that they forget one very important ingredient. Next, when Porcupine and Little Duck make a new friend Big Duck feels left out. Can they find a way to include everyone? And lastly, after Big Duck gets her kite stuck in a tree, Little Duck's smart suggestion will save the day! These three friends may be different, but they always find a way to have lots of fun.

REVIEW

In this second volume of the Duck, Duck, Porcupine! series, there are three new stories about the three friends.  First, Big Duck's kite gets stuck in a tree and the three friends have to find a way to get it unstuck (the results are hilarious, I found myself laughing out loud while reading this one).  The second story introduces the idea of making new friends when Big Duck has a hard time accepting Porcupine's new friend, Bee, until she makes a new friend, but Little Duck isn't so sure about the creature that wants to be his new friend.  And story three involves a childhood ritual, the lemonade stand where Little Duck saves the day.  This book is funny and a sweet ode to the ups and downs of friendship and putting up with each other's weaknesses.

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