Duck Duck Moose

Duck Duck Moose

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by Dave Horowitz
     
 

An unlikely trio heads south for the winter!

Moose loves the Great North Woods because they're nice and cold, his buddy Bear lives there, and the pancakes are top-notch. He doesn't usually go south for the winter, but with Bear off hibernating and the Pancake Hut closing until spring, he figures he might as well take the great schlep with Duck and Other Duck.

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Overview

An unlikely trio heads south for the winter!

Moose loves the Great North Woods because they're nice and cold, his buddy Bear lives there, and the pancakes are top-notch. He doesn't usually go south for the winter, but with Bear off hibernating and the Pancake Hut closing until spring, he figures he might as well take the great schlep with Duck and Other Duck. The trio ends up in the exotic land of Florida and Moose is forever dazzled.

Dave Horowitz brings to life the joy of discovering a place completely unlike home-as well as the thrills of bringing a little bit of vacation back home with you!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/27/2015
Winter is coming to New Hampshire, so Duck and Other Duck head south for the winter and invite their pancake-loving friend Moose to come along for the drive. (What, they should fly?) And once Moose sees just how little there is to do with Bear hibernating and the Pancake Hut closed for the season, he takes them up on their offer ("And away they went..."). Of course the car ride in the backseat is interminable—as any kid could have told Moose—but once he experiences the joys of Florida (snorkeling, fishing, visiting the Everglades and Cape Canaveral), Moose is devastated when the time comes to return to New Hampshire (his wail of "Noooooooo!" stretches across two pages and several states). This being a book by Horowitz (Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again), the cartooning is as brash and exuberant as the steady flow of vaudevillian silliness. Readers should feel empowered to add their own rim shots after many of the jokes, as when Moose picks his nose in a Florida U-Pick Farm—ba-dum-CHING! Ages 5—8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Paula Rohrlick
Moose likes the Great North Woods of New Hampshire just fine in winter, but, when it starts to get cold, his two friends, Duck and Other Duck, pack up to go south. They invite Moose to come along, and, rather reluctantly, he embarks on a car trip to Florida with them. Brightly colored, cartoonish illustrations outlined in black depict their adventures, from the long drive down I-95, complete with sightseeing and urgent bathroom stops, to a day at the beach in Florida and fruit-picking (Moose picks his nose instead). In the end, Moose is sorry to leave to go back north again when winter ends. Anyone who has ever been on a family road trip will be able to relate to this tale of a migrating moose, who in the end finds a way to bring a bit of Florida back with him. The sense of humor is broad if rather corny, which helps make this a fun read-aloud for preschoolers and adults alike. It is simple enough for early readers to tackle on their own, too. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
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Every young kid who has been dragged along on a road trip will enjoy this simple picture book.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In a hilarious take on family vacations, two ducks convince a reluctant New Hampshire moose to join them on their migratory car trip to Florida for the winter. A poor sport on the journey, Moose finds the warm, fun-filled sunshine state to be more exciting than he could possibly have imagined. When it's time to return home, a crying Moose is loathe to leave (to the disgust of his duck buddies) but then finds he can create a bit of Florida up north. The delight in this book is in Horowitz's goofy characters. The pencil and charcoal cartoons, digitally colored in bright hues, show an endearing protagonist that youngsters will embrace. Easy enough to read independently, and funny enough for adults to enjoy sharing with children, this book about a road-tripping trio will be welcome in most collections.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Moose embodies Newton's First Law of Motion: Bodies at rest stay at rest. Moose loves his northland home, but as his pals Duck and Other Duck start packing for migration, and it looks like the North is shutting down for the winter, he agrees to accompany the ducks on their southern road trip. There he finds a place equally as enjoyable as New England. Point made: Geography is relative and home is where you make it. But the fun here is in the visuals. Start with Duck and Other Duck's beaks being their noses (same for the chickens with which they share a traffic jam in Georgia), the autumn leaves that look like lollipops, the cockamamie cartography, the days caught in goofy tourist postcards. Then the seasons turn and the ducks get itchy feet, though Moose wants his to do nothing more than stay at rest. The nugget of warmth here is in the First Law of Moving-whether it be for a vacation or away from home altogether, it may very well result in the unexpected reaction of happiness. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399247828
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/29/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
416,640
Product dimensions:
7.26(w) x 10.58(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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