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Duck at the Door

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One winter night, a cozy house full of animals is awakened by a knock at the front door. They have no idea what they'll find on the other side, and Max the duck is the last thing they expect. Soon this larger-than-life houseguest is making himself at home--and forcing his way into the hearts of his reluctant hosts.
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Overview

One winter night, a cozy house full of animals is awakened by a knock at the front door. They have no idea what they'll find on the other side, and Max the duck is the last thing they expect. Soon this larger-than-life houseguest is making himself at home--and forcing his way into the hearts of his reluctant hosts.
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From The Critics
Most ducks fly south for the winter-but not free-thinking Max. When snow falls, he takes refuge in a home already packed with pets. Rib-tickling cartoons play up the duck's new lifestyle and the friction it causes (when he hogs the remote control and whips up unpopular dishes like "Max's Seaweed Chowder"). Then spring arrives and it's time for Max to fly the coop. Will life at home ever be the same? (ages 4 to 7)
The February 2007 issue of Child magazine
Children's Literature - Keri Collins
He neglected to migrate and winter has set in. What is a mallard to do? Max, the lucky duck, knocks on the door of a cozy house and proceeds to spend the cold, dark months learning the finer lessons of life: how to use the remote control, the joys of cooking, and the beauty of a bubble bath. Though Max's heart may be in the right place, he is oblivious to the needs of the other animal members of the household—dogs, cats, rabbits, and birds—and they are delighted to see him rejoin his flock in the spring. Only when he is gone do the pets realize how quiet life is without Max's quackiness. As autumn approaches, they hear a knock on the door. Could it be Max? Jackie Urbanovic's lighthearted illustrations bring to life an unusual family and its endearing new addition, while creating an important subtext through the animals' reactions and conversations. While Max is never required to consider the feelings of others, readers will be able to draw their own conclusions about ways to handle larger-than-life characters. This humorous read-aloud would work well with classroom discussions about migration, the needs of warm-blooded and cold-blooded animals, and seasons.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3
When his flock migrates south for the winter, Max opts to stay behind—and quickly regrets it. Luckily, Irene and her pets live nearby in a cozy house, so the quirky duck makes himself right at home for the season, and proves to be a bit of a pest. Just when everyone has had their fill of Max's favorite TV shows, blanket hogging, and experimental cuisine, spring arrives, and he leaves to reunite with his flock—and, naturally, the entire household feels his absence. Urbanovic's animals, with their expressive, engaging facial features, take center stage in the open, cheery illustrations. They're detailed without being busy, and nuanced without being at all fussy. Great fun for storyhours.
—Catherine ThreadgillCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
In this comfortably predictable variation on the "obnoxious guest" theme, a household consisting of one woman, Irene, and a whole lot of dogs, cats and other pets welcomes-at first-a shivering duck named Max who decided to stay behind when the rest of his flock migrated for the winter. Soon commandeering both the TV remote and the kitchen, Max has definitely outstayed his welcome by spring-but the general relief at his parting turns to boredom, and then to brief delight followed by dismay when he shows up at the doorstep again that autumn with dozens of fellow ducks. In fluidly drawn cartoon scenes, Urbanovic strews a spacious domestic setting with a multi-species array of individualized residents living in more or less peaceful coexistence. In contrast to their panic, Irene responds calmly to the climactic incursion, offering Max a hug and a warm greeting. There's more comedy, not to mention a sense of closure, in Sandy Asher's similar Too Many Frogs!, illus by Keith Graves (2005), but the big-hearted open-door policy here will appeal to a wide range of readers. (Picture book. 6-8)
Child Magazine
“Rib-tickling.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061214387
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/23/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 258,102
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD390L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.37 (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 March 14, 2011

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    not what i thought.... but cute anyway

    This was said to be a read to me soi spent the 13 dollars and it wasnt a read to me as it said. The story is very cute though... and my daughter laughed and asks for me to read it to her all the time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

    Cute story

    Cute story

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2011

    this is a funny story

    this book is hilarious i think it deserves an award!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2011

    love it

    very cute

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    Adorable children's book

    I have no children, but I picked this up because I really do have ducks that peek into my back door from time to time. I found the book to be charming, with a collection of animal characters not unlike those I have known. The illustrations are cute and make the characters likeable. It has some "mystery" and suspense if you're four years old, and all together I found it a a lovely read. It prompted me to buy the other two follow up books, just to see what Max would get up to next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Love this Duck Book

    Funny book!

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  • Posted March 22, 2013

    Fun Lovin' Duck My first graders love me to read this aloud, be

    Fun Lovin' Duck

    My first graders love me to read this aloud, because they can relate with the problems that Duck causes to the family he decides to winter with when his flock flies south. I always point out how Duck sleeps on Brody, and have them imagine how uncomfortable they would be if someone slept on them. Then we talk about why the others are missing Duck when he goes. They love the pictures, and really get into the story. The little bit of suspense at the end when Duck leaves always pulls them in and gets a laugh. It is definitely one that I will read year after year when the first graders are studying seasons, because it is fun that fits right into the curriculum.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2010

    breana

    just love this book!

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

    cute!

    love, love, love it! Great illustrations, cute story, one of my sons favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2010

    nice

    nicene

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2009

    Highly recommended

    This is a great series-- my 4 year old loves the books and wants to read them over and over. We also gave as a gift to another 4 year old who likes this series just as well!

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