Duck & Goose Go to the Beach

Duck & Goose Go to the Beach

by Tad Hills
     
 

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Take a trip to the beach with the beloved, classic, and New York Times–bestselling odd couple Duck & Goose!

Duck wants to go on an adventure. But Goose isn't so sure. Together, the two best friends set off on a walk that takes them through the meadow, past a shady thicket, and over a distant hill, all the way to a place they've never been

Overview

Take a trip to the beach with the beloved, classic, and New York Times–bestselling odd couple Duck & Goose!

Duck wants to go on an adventure. But Goose isn't so sure. Together, the two best friends set off on a walk that takes them through the meadow, past a shady thicket, and over a distant hill, all the way to a place they've never been before—the beach! Turns out, Goose loves the ocean. But guess who doesn't?

Praise for the Duck & Goose series:
 
“Duck and Goose have taken their places alongside Frog and Toad and George and Martha as fine examples of friendship, curiosity and problem-solving.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“Charming, funny, simple, and surprising. . . . Hills is master of the light comic touch.” —The Boston Globe

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Editorial Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2014:
"Soft oils transport the impressively simple, silly little figures of Duck and Goose in their floppy sun hats across single- and double-page spreads, from the greens of the meadow to the blues, whites and tans of sky, water and sand, while their expressive eyes and postures amply convey comic emotion and visual back story. Anyone ever simultaneously excited and nervous about leaving home and traveling to new places will identify with this droll duo on their first amusing trip to the beach."
Publishers Weekly
03/17/2014
For homebodyish sorts, traveling somewhere new can be daunting; for the adventurous, destinations don’t always meet expectations. Hills uses longtime buddies Duck and Goose to make both points, as Goose’s reluctance about going on an “adventure” gives way to awe when he takes in the beach for the first time (“Isn’t it magnificent?”). Meanwhile, Duck, who has led the charge, is not quite as taken with the too-hot sand, daunting water, and colossal waves that send the friends tumbling head over heels in one memorable scene. Hills’s oil paintings provide a breezy backdrop of grass, sand, sea, and sky for Duck and Goose’s every relatable anxiety, discovery, and interaction. Ages 3–7. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Good friends Duck and Goose have, in board and picture books, explored feelings, learned to count, and celebrated holidays in spring, autumn, and winter. Now it is time for a summer adventure and what could be more fun on a hot day than going to the beach? At least, Duck thinks so—Goose is reluctant. As they start off in their white and orange sunhats, they wind through their own territory, getting farther and farther away, till suddenly, there is the ocean! Gradually, Goose loosens up and leads the way, dipping his feet in the waves, exploring a tide pool, and, in four neat vignettes, meeting local inhabitants: a flock of friendly sandpipers and a hostile crab; a silent clam and a noisy gull. (In deftly chosen words and images, Hills contrasts four creatures kids most often encounter on a beach.) Duck still longs for their meadow, but participates in building a drip castle and listening to the waves in a conch shell. Then it is time to stretch out and relax on the sand, finally following their long shadows home while they talk about their day (again Hills contrasts hot sand and cool water, noisy waves and quiet pools). In the apricot light of sunset, the friends decide it is good to be home as they drift off to sleep. It is a simple tale, but evokes very skillfully the rhythm of a summer outing when some kids might prefer to stay home, the growing excitement at new discoveries, the heat of pale blue sky and sandy beach, the coolness of teal blue sea and summer-green vegetation. Who has not experienced pleasant fatigue at the end of an excursion and the fun of talking over the day’s adventures? Perfect for young summer travelers! Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft; Ages 3 to 7.
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
PreS-K—Beloved Duck and Goose star in yet another adventure that cements their friendship. Goose is cautious and less adventuresome than Duck. "Let's go away," says Duck. "Sounds like a fine way to twist your ankle," replies Goose. Yet because they are friends, they both hike to the beach. Each illustration, done in rich, glorious colors, is a delight. Especially notable is the humorous page on which a huge wave wipes them out, covering Duck in seaweed. Hills employs excellent vocabulary-stretching words, with "magnificent" and "loud" to describe the vast expanse of sky, sand, and sea. There is so much expression in just the eyes of these characters that children can't help but smile. As the story reaches a satisfying conclusion, they will proclaim this tale a winner.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-19
In this latest Duck & Goose escapade, Duck and Goose spontaneously trek to the beach, where their reactions are decidedly mixed. After agreeing how much they love relaxing in the meadow, Duck suddenly suggests they should immediately take a trip. Enthusiastic and excited, Duck ooozes excitement, while Goose clearly would rather stay home. Oblivious, Duck heads out with Goose reluctantly in tow. Passing familiar landmarks, they enter foreign territory and eventually arrive at the beach. "[P]retty sure" he loves the beach, even though he's never been there, Duck heedlessly races to the shore, where he's quickly overwhelmed by the sound of the waves, the vast stretch of sky and "SO MUCH" water. As Duck's excitement wanes, Goose embraces the waves and eagerly explores the seashore. Soft oils transport the impressively simple, silly little figures of Duck and Goose in their floppy sun hats across single- and double-page spreads, from the greens of the meadow to the blues, whites and tans of sky, water and sand, while their expressive eyes and postures amply convey comic emotion and visual back story. Anyone ever simultaneously excited and nervous about leaving home and traveling to new places will identify with this droll duo on their first amusing trip to the beach. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385372374
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/08/2014
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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Meet the Author

Tad Hills is the author and illustrator of the highly acclaimed New York Times-bestselling picture books Duck & Goose; Duck, Duck, Goose; Duck & Goose Go to the Beach; How Rocket Learned to Read; and Rocket Writes a Story. He has created numerous Duck & Goose board books, among them the ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book What’s Up, Duck?; Duck & Goose, It’s Time for Christmas!; Duck & Goose Colors!; and most recently, Duck & Goose, Let's Dance! The Rocket series includes a board book, Rocket’s Mighty Words, and two leveled readers, Drop It, Rocket! and Rocket’s 100th Day of School. Tad lives in Brooklyn with his wife, their two children, and a dog named Rocket. Visit the author online at tadhills.com.

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