Chicken, Chicken, Duck!

Overview

Duck and his barnyard friends are up to something. One by one we meet them, and then hear their familiar sounds.  But that Duck always has the last QUACK! In close-up images, the animals seem to be climbing upon each other. At the very end, we see the hilarious finale. Young readers will delight in making the animal sounds, noticing the funny expressions, and picking out surprising details in the illustrations.

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Overview

Duck and his barnyard friends are up to something. One by one we meet them, and then hear their familiar sounds.  But that Duck always has the last QUACK! In close-up images, the animals seem to be climbing upon each other. At the very end, we see the hilarious finale. Young readers will delight in making the animal sounds, noticing the funny expressions, and picking out surprising details in the illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Chicken Chicken Duck/ Goat Sheep Llama/ maa maa baa baa snuffle cluck/ QUACK!" A feisty white duck coordinates an impressive stunt amid lots of barnyard noise in Krilanovich's rhythmic book for very young readers. Paintings of the duck with outstretched wings suggest her cheerleader role directing a flock of chickens, a cat, a dog, and assorted other barnyard animals as they prepare to form a Flying Wallendas–style pyramid. The animals appear in tight closeup against clean white pages; they'd look clinical if not for their obvious excitement, the intensity of their interactions, and the painterly attention Krilanovich (Moon Child) devotes to their feathers, whiskers, black noses, and furry tails. The final arrangement, shown in a vertical spread, is a thing of beauty, the chickens perched symmetrically on the back of a retriever, who in turn stands poised on the back of a goat, and so on all the way down: there's even an egg positioned carefully in the middle. Especially pleasing is the idea that there's no audience for the animals' acrobatics—it's just for the joy of it. Ages 1–4. (Mar.)
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Review, Publishers Weekly, January 10, 2011:
"...a thing of beauty..."

Review, SanFranciscoBookReview.com, June 11, 2011
"...a perfect book for very young toddlers."

Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
A play on "duck, duck goose," this entertaining picture book presents the title fowl, as well as a variety of other barnyard animals. Each refrain includes the animals' names and then their sounds in a non-rhyming pattern with the duck's resounding "Quack!" repeating after each refrain. "Chicken, chicken, duck. Horse, Pig Cow. Neigh, neigh, grunt, grunt, moo, cluck, Quack!" The clever reader will notice that what the animals are making is a stack, the only rhyme (Quack!) in the book. The acrylic illustrations are large, lifelike and set on a white background, allowing the animals to occupy a large portion of the pages. A two page sideways spread of the animals all stacked up will certainly be a favorite. Full of kid appeal, the familiar refrain, easily identifiable animals and the opportunity to make animal noises make this an excellent book to share with preschoolers or Kindergarteners at story time. Reviewer: Sharon Oliver
Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews

Who can control six chickens, a goat, a llama, a cow, a dog and a whole host of other barnyard animals? One loud-mouthed duck, that's who. In a simple chant inspired by "Duck, Duck, Goose," but more reminiscent of playground jump-rope rhythms, Krilanovich bops along through the farm, naming animals and their corresponding sounds—always ending with a great, big "Quack!" from Duck. "Chicken / Chicken / Duck / Horse / Pig / Cow / neigh neigh / grunt grunt / moo / cluck / QUACK!"—children will be chanting along by the end of the first reading. Textured acrylic brushstrokes set against a stark, white backdrop pulls the focus toward each individual animal as they leap and kick across the page, sometimes perched in precarious positions—the goat poses balletically atop the llama, and it looks as though the sheep is going to climb up there, too. The beady, mischievous eyes of the chickens hint that something silly is going on at the farm. But what? All comes clear in the penultimate spread, which will require that the book be rotated 90 degrees for full appreciation. For the youngest set, a basic introduction to barnyard animals; for emergent readers, a repetition-filled romp; for all, sheer fun.(Picture book. 2-5)

Kirkus Reviews

Who can control six chickens, a goat, a llama, a cow, a dog and a whole host of other barnyard animals? One loud-mouthed duck, that's who. In a simple chant inspired by "Duck, Duck, Goose," but more reminiscent of playground jump-rope rhythms, Krilanovich bops along through the farm, naming animals and their corresponding sounds—always ending with a great, big "Quack!" from Duck. "Chicken / Chicken / Duck / Horse / Pig / Cow / neigh neigh / grunt grunt / moo / cluck / QUACK!"—children will be chanting along by the end of the first reading. Textured acrylic brushstrokes set against a stark, white backdrop pulls the focus toward each individual animal as they leap and kick across the page, sometimes perched in precarious positions—the goat poses balletically atop the llama, and it looks as though the sheep is going to climb up there, too. The beady, mischievous eyes of the chickens hint that something silly is going on at the farm. But what? All comes clear in the penultimate spread, which will require that the book be rotated 90 degrees for full appreciation. For the youngest set, a basic introduction to barnyard animals; for emergent readers, a repetition-filled romp; for all, sheer fun.(Picture book. 2-5)

School Library Journal
PreS-K—Simple words and pictures tell the story of a barnyard pileup: "Chicken Chicken Duck/Goat Sheep Llama/maa maa baa baa snuffle cluck/QUACK!" On stark white backgrounds, animals rendered in rich acrylics jump startlingly off the pages and out of the borders. The page layouts tend to feel a little awkward, and there is general confusion throughout, making unclear what all this rhythmic animal identification and onomatopoeia are leading up to until the very end when all of the creatures are shown in a pyramid. An additional purchase for sharing sounds, rhythm, and silliness with young children.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582463858
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 288,659
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

NADIA KRILANOVICH has worked as an artist, dance instructor, and vocalist. She loves going on adventures, spending time with her family, and hiking with her dog, Cleo. The idea for Chicken, Chicken, Duck! came to her as a chant as she walked along rural country roads, past farms with llamas, cows, and sheep.  "The words sounded like the game 'Duck, Duck, Goose,' minus the goose but with some chickens," she says. This is Nadia's second book for children.

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