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When Harold, a large green alligator with a big mouth and an even bigger appetite, shows up at Irene's door seeking shelter, everyone hides. Except Max. Max persuades the other critters that this particular runaway needs their help. So while everyone keeps busy seeing that Harold remains well fed, Max cooks up a clever plan. But is a room filled with fake alligators enough to keep the zoo detective away?

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Overview

When Harold, a large green alligator with a big mouth and an even bigger appetite, shows up at Irene's door seeking shelter, everyone hides. Except Max. Max persuades the other critters that this particular runaway needs their help. So while everyone keeps busy seeing that Harold remains well fed, Max cooks up a clever plan. But is a room filled with fake alligators enough to keep the zoo detective away?

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When Harold the alligator runs away from the zoo after being wrongfully accused of eating a dog, Max the Duck comes to his rescue. He convinces Brody, Dakota, Bebe, and the rest of the menagerie to hide their toothy friend, regardless of their worries about Harold's bottomless appetite. So much fun you'll quack with laughter.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Max the duck, hero of Duck at the Door and Duck Soup, is at Irene's house playing with his animal friends when Harold, a large alligator, arrives. He begs them to hide him from the zoo detectives, since he has mistakenly eaten someone's dog. Although the other animals fear his appetite, Max remembers when he needed help and asks Irene and the others to hide Harold. And so begins a series of absurd and unworkable suggestions, until the detective arrives. Irene says she hasn't seen the alligator, while the others manage to conceal him. Harold spends the night. The next day they try to fool the returning detective. But he tells them that Harold only ate a hot dog, not a pet dog. The zoo wants him back, to the relief of the others whom Harold's appetite has made a bit nervous. The farce-like actions have the quality of an elaborate cartoon, with side comments without speech balloons and above all the exaggerated gestures of the characters. Full-page scenes, in sequence, use only enough detail to carry the plot with comic interactions. The double-page assemblage of all the animals in homemade alligator costumes makes a fitting, amusing highlight. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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PreS-Gr 2

Irene, the patient host to a menagerie of quirky animals, finds a new visitor at her door in this follow-up to Duck at the Door (2007) and Duck Soup (2008, both HarperCollins). Her visitor is Harold, an alligator on the lam from the zoo detectives. His crime? "I just had a snack! Okay, so it was someone's pet. I didn't know that!" Max the duck puts aside his fears of being eaten and convinces everyone to take Harold in. Sure enough, he has a large appetite, though he seems happy with the gang's culinary offerings. Eventually the zoo detectives show up at Irene's door, but Harold is off the hook. "The dog we thought Harold ate wasn't the girl's PET DOG. It was her HOT DOG." The charming watercolors will give audiences plenty to look at as these expressive creatures search the house for an alligator-sized hiding place and plot to save their new guest. The animals are clearly the movers and shakers in this household, and Urbanovic has done a fine job of rendering each one with clever humanlike postures and expressions. Readers will be especially tickled by the illustration of a room full of animals all dressed in homemade alligator costumes. With a comedic story and strong visuals, Duck and Cover is sure to please.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061214448
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/27/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 462,007
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jackie Urbanovic is the New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of Duck at the Door, Duck Soup, and Duck and Cover, as well as the illustrator of If You're Hoppy, by April Pulley Sayre. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Jackie Urbanovic is the New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of Duck at the Door, Duck Soup, and Duck and Cover, as well as the illustrator of If You're Hoppy, by April Pulley Sayre. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    If you are a fan of Max

    My toddlers and I enjoy the Max series and this one doesn't disappoint.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2009

    Duck and Cover

    She is not only a great author but an illustrator as well. The children that I read to in an inner city school in San Francisco loved all three of her "Duck" books. They are suspenssful and humorous.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

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    Duck and Cover

    Urbanovic, J. (2009). Duck and Cover. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.

    9780061214455

    Duck and Cover is a part of a larger series featuring Max the duck, who, among other anthropomorphized animals, was adopted by a human adult named Irene. This story features a new animal seeking shelter with Max and Irene. An alligator named Harold has escaped from the zoo after being accused of eating a pet dog and is desperate for help.

    As the zoo inspector visits Irene in search of the missing alligator, Max and the other animals must balance finding the perfect place to hide Harold the alligator while overcoming their fear of him.

    The illustrations show more of the animals' dialogue than what is presented in the main text. Some of their comments are typical of young children's questions or comments, others are cute and still others are subtle jokes. (My personal favorite is the dog that asks "under-wear??" while searching for a place to hide Harold)


    Activities to do with the book:

    This book is best used with preschoolers or kindergartners. It can help with discussions of adoption, fostering children, having a new baby join a family or accepting a new student into a class.
    If a teacher or babysitter does not want to use this book as a part of a larger discussion, the narrative can be used for fun to encourage a game of hide-and-seek. Students could also create their own illustrations of disguises or hiding spots for Harold.
    Also, if props are available, the students could pretend to be Harold and disguise themselves with objects around the classroom or house.



    Favorite Quotes:


    "Max was afraid too, but he remembered what it was like to be in trouble and alone. Now it was his turn to help someone else."

    "My mouth is big and my appetite is bigger, but I'm not dangerous."

    "I love you all so much, I could eat you up."

    For more of my children's literature reviews, visit sjkessel.blogspot.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2010

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    Duck and cover

    This book is a great book. My son enjoys all the books by Urbanovic.

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