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Duck, Duck, Goose

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by Tad Hills

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Duck & Goose, Goose & Duck. Feathered friends forever . . . or are they? That's what we discover in this charming and hilarious follow-up to the bestselling Duck & Goose. You see, there's a challenge to their friendship: a little whippersnapper of a duck named Thistle. Thistle's good at everything (or so she thinks), from math to holding her


Duck & Goose, Goose & Duck. Feathered friends forever . . . or are they? That's what we discover in this charming and hilarious follow-up to the bestselling Duck & Goose. You see, there's a challenge to their friendship: a little whippersnapper of a duck named Thistle. Thistle's good at everything (or so she thinks), from math to holding her breath to standing on her head. Duck thinks she's fantastic. But Goose does not! And so Goose is faced with a problem close to the hearts of children everywhere: what happens when your best friend makes a new friend?

And don't miss Duck and Goose in Tad Hills's six board books, including What's Up, Duck? and Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this sequel to Duck & Goose, a domineering girl duckling threatens the friendship between the boyish title characters. As the drama begins, Goose stands in a marsh, waiting expectantly for Duck. He cannot wait to show Duck the blue butterfly that has alighted on his head. Duck, meanwhile, is planning his own show-and-tell. "Just wait until Goose meets Thistle," he thinks as he and a new friend visit "all his and Goose's favorite spots... the lily pond and the shady thicket." When Duck and Thistle race up to Goose, Thistle frightens the butterfly and boasts, "once, three butterflies landed on my head at the same time!... That's two more butterflies than you had!" Thistle challenges Goose to races and a handstand contest, winning with ease; Duck is impressed, Goose feels dejected, and Thistle pirouettes proudly. In sunny oil paintings of green grass and blue sky, Hills depicts the overeager newcomer proving herself and driving a wedge between the pals. His tale echoes Kevin Henkes's Chester's Way, however this third wheel is not just assertive but obnoxious; Thistle is unlikable and, more generally, an off-putting portrait of a bratty, oblivious girl. Duck and Goose reconcile and get some peace by challenging Thistle to a napping contest ("I'm the fastest faller asleeper ever!" she proclaims), then the buddies play while she sleeps. However, silencing the bully is but a temporary fix. The book points out a common dilemma, leaving readers to strategize solutions. Ages 3-7. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Old friends Goose and Duck return in a situation that many youngsters will recognize. Duck can't wait to introduce his new girlfriend, Thistle, to Goose. Thistle is enthusiasm personified, as well as being a mistress of one-up-man-ship. At first Duck joins in the contests she proposes to prove that she is the best, at counting, or racing, or balancing on a log. Goose, meanwhile, decides he'd rather look for butterflies. But Duck begins to tire of Thistle's games. He misses Goose. When he finally finds him, they both admit that they'd rather do the things they have always done quietly together. When Thistle finds them, they have worked out their own happy ending. The tale begins on the front end-papers, showing the three tiny characters in a peaceful green landscape. On the back end-papers, Duck and Goose are playing ball in the same landscape as Thistle sleeps under a bush. In the spirit of the simple text, the oil-painted—illustrations use vignettes and an occasional double-page scene to set the stage for the gentle fun and games. These are anthropomorphic, a bit cartoony creatures sporting as typical youngsters.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
Three's a crowd in this follow-up to Duck & Goose (Random, 2006). Duck is smitten with his new friend, Thistle, who claims to be the fastest, smartest, strongest duck around. Goose is not as enthusiastic about the newcomer. At first he gamely tries to participate in her incessant contests, but eventually he wanders off sadly to look for butterflies by himself. A worried Duck follows him, and the reunited companions agree that they prefer their usual quiet activities to Thistle's manic pursuits. Accordingly, they trick her into winning a napping contest and then gratefully sneak off to play by themselves. While the story provides an interesting and lighthearted exploration of the issue of loyalty between friends, the resolution seems problematic. What will happen when Thistle wakes up? Will the three of them work out a way to play together? Will Thistle be excluded, or will Duck be pressured into participating in her games again? Perhaps these questions could open a class (or family) discussion about relationships. In any case, Hills's gauzy oil paintings of a hazy, sunlit landscape and endearing animals make this a book worth lingering over with a good pal.
—Rachael VilmarCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Hooray! Duck and Goose are back. The two young avian chums have been running through the meadow, watching clouds and partaking of other leisurely pursuits, but when Duck brings a newcomer named Thistle into the mix, everything changes. Thistle is one competitive duck, and after a series of contests in which the boastful Thistle is the inevitable winner, a frustrated Goose wanders off to look for butterflies. Duck searches for and eventually finds Goose, and the two commiserate: While they admire Thistle's prowess, they would rather play just for fun. After engaging the intrepid Thistle in a napping contest, which she, exhausted from her busy day, naturally wins, Duck and Goose are free to kick their ball in peace. One hopes that in the next installment, Thistle may learn a thing or two, but at least Duck and Goose have figured out how to handle her. The charming illustrations portray this tale of friendship perfectly, and the text, reminiscent of The Story of Ferdinand, is, like Hills's first in the series, energetic, appealing and filled with warmth. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Random House Children's Books
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Duck and Goose Series
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Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)
AD490L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Tad Hills is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling book, Duck & Goose, called "expressive" and "adorable" in a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. He is also the illustrator of My Fuzzy Friends and Knock, Knock, Who"s There? A painter, an actor, and an obsessive Halloween costume maker, he lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and children.

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Duck, Duck, Goose 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Illustrations are fun. Storyline brings to life friendships and what makes a good friend. Characters draw you in and make you smile.
ssnyder More than 1 year ago
I made a Duck Duck Goose quilt for my nephew who is 4 for Christmas. I sat down and read the book and thought how adorable it would be for the book to go with the quilt.Book is colorful and so adorable.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
My kids and I giggled our way through DUCK & GOOSE, Tad Hills' first book starring these two lovable characters. With DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE, our favorite quacker and honker are back -- but this time there's another character thrown into the mix, and three is most definitely a crowd.

Duck is very excited to introduce Thistle, the new duck who just moved into the area, to his best friend Goose. And, at first, Goose is just as happy to meet this new duck.

That is, until Goose soon learns that Thistle is the best at everything, and I mean everything! She's the fastest, she's the best at math, she's had three butterflies land on her bill at the same time (compared to Goose's one), she can hold her breath the longest, run up the hill the fastest, and...well, the list goes on and on.

Goose learns very quickly that Thistle is the best, and that no one else can ever hope to measure up. And yet he's tired of everything always being turned into a contest. So he has no choice but to leave Duck and Thistle to their own devices and rest, by himself, behind his and Duck's favorite bush.

DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE is a wonderful book, about meeting new people, the spirit of competition, and the true meaning of friendship. Both toddlers and older readers will be enchanted, once again, by Tad Hills' brilliant illustrations, and the story will have them alternately laughing-out-loud and commiserating with how left out and lonely Goose feels.

This one is another winner, and definitely deserves a place on your keeper shelf!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My resident critics, 4th grade, gathered to hear our latest `for review.¿ They take their job as resident critics very seriously as they listen with care, note illustrations, judge whether the book is best suited for their age or for students older or younger. They are hard taskmasters and do not suffer poor writers or poor artists lightly. Duck, Duck, Goose met every test and passed with high marks. The children agreed the book holds listener interest, that it is probably meant for a slightly younger audience than grown up 4th graders and that the writer has a good message to present. Braggart Thistle was recognized for her boasting and showing off. Illustrations are child pleasing. One student thought she might like to borrow the book to read to a younger sister. All agreed that boastful crowing makes for tiresome relationships. The kids all `got the joke¿ as Thistle missed out on fun by having to continue to nap so that she could win the nap contest. The work provided discussion fodder for us as we talked about friends who have treated us in the manner of Thistle and how we don¿t really enjoy their company. We talked about what makes for good friends and whether or not we need to compete on every hand.