Duck! Rabbit!

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Overview

From the award-winning author of Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink comes a clever take on the age-old optical illusion: Is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it! Readers will find more than just Amy Krouse Rosenthal's signature humor here -- there's also a subtle lesson for kids who don't know when to let go of an argument. A smart, simple story that will make readers of all ages eager to take a side, Duck! Rabbit! makes it easy to agree on one thing -- ...
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Overview

From the award-winning author of Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink comes a clever take on the age-old optical illusion: Is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it! Readers will find more than just Amy Krouse Rosenthal's signature humor here -- there's also a subtle lesson for kids who don't know when to let go of an argument. A smart, simple story that will make readers of all ages eager to take a side, Duck! Rabbit! makes it easy to agree on one thing -- reading it again!
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"You know when people refer to "a book for all ages?" .in [this] new picture book, the cliché proves true..Hop (or swim) and find a Duck! Rabbit! of your very own!"—BookPage

"This exercise in visual perception is both a great brainteaser and great fun."—The Horn Book

"The snappy dialogue makes for fine read-aloud.Duck? Rabbit? As kids will readily see, it depends on how you look at it."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"How cute is this? Really, really cute."—Booklist, starred review

"Funny by any standard."—The New York Times Book Review

"...[a] modern twist on a classic form....Once youngsters solve this puzzle, they'll be clamoring for the next."-Kirkus Reviews

A New York Times Bestseller for 9 weeks!

Publishers Weekly

The team behind The OK Book again plays with perspective and visual trickery, this time using a classic image that looks like either a rabbit (with long ears) or a duck (with a long bill). In a series of spreads that show the boldly outlined duck/rabbit against a blue sky, two offstage speakers, their words appearing on either side of the animal's head, argue their points of view. The snappy dialogue makes for fine read-aloud: "Are you kidding me? It's totally a duck." "It's for sure a rabbit." Though the main image is basically static, Lichtenheld has fun with the details and setting, placing the animal behind green leaves ("Now the duck is wading through the swamp." "No, the rabbit is hiding in the grass"), near water ("Look, the duck is so hot, he's getting a drink." "No, the rabbit is so hot, he's cooling off his ears"), etc. The creature's disappearance brings a brief moment of reconciliation, but the twist ending puts the speakers at odds again. Duck? Rabbit? As kids will readily see, it depends on how you look at it. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The argument of two unseen characters forms the basic text of this examination of the classic optical illusion of the head that can be a duck or a rabbit. Each commentator is certain of his position, with one pointing out the duck's bill and the other insisting, "Those are ears, silly." The central double-page image never changes, but objects may be added around it. On one page, a piece of bread appears on the left as the "duck prepares to eat it with its bill." On the next, the "rabbit" is about to eat a carrot on the right. On the following spread, "Quack" issues from the duck, while the other character hears the "rabbit sniff." Tall greenery next obscures the same creature, but is he wading through the swamp or hiding in the grass? Is he flying or hopping on the following pages? Is he cooling his ears or drinking? When the next double-page appears empty, each narrator accuses the other of scaring him away. Then they reconsider…until another debatable creature arrives. The very simple representations are framed and created with thick black ink lines, watercolors, and "a wee bit of colored pencil." They maintain the ambiguity reinforced by the arguing text. The reader is challenged to perceive both possible creatures while figuring out how they can co-exist. Clouds in nebulous shapes including duck and rabbit float across the end pages. Emphasizing the comic ambiguity, the back cover features the comment, "Hey, look! A zebra!" alongside an animal whose body is the bar code. Or is it a horse? Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

Two unseen characters debate the identity of the creature at the center of this clever book-is it a duck or a rabbit? Readers will join in the discussion, because the creature could, in fact, be either. Just as each of the debaters begins to see the other's perspective, the duck/rabbit runs away and they see an anteater. Or is it a brachiosaurus? Text and illustrations are intimately wedded in this fun, interactive read-aloud. The bold lines and bright colors in Lichtenheld's illustrations are a visually pleasing match for the bantering text. With a strong, well-executed concept, this book provides an excellent starting point for discussing how points of view can differ and still be right.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD

Kirkus Reviews
The art of optical illusions provides creative fodder for young guessing-game enthusiasts. In this modern twist on a classic form, two unseen characters' cheerful banter provides clues to an unknown object's identity. Each tries to persuade the other to see his or her version of the picture; their interactions' brevity provide a subtle charm. "Here, look at my duck through my binoculars." "Sorry, still a rabbit." The central character in this slight story is Lichtenheld's ink, watercolor and colored-pencil art. Two laid-back, parallel rabbit ears-or a duck's bill depending on the reader's focus-serve as the dominant image against the soft blue background, occupying the center of the composition even as its context changes. Thick black outlines perfectly complement the solid illustration within; its observant single eye seamlessly appears to look in opposite directions. The images displayed are also reflected in the endpaper's billowy clouds, providing a whimsical touch. Once youngsters solve this puzzle, they'll be clamoring for the next. Now is that a brachiosaurus or an anteater? (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811868655
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 3/11/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 71,974
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a bestselling author of many books for children, including Little Pea and I Scream! Ice Cream! She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Tom Lichtenheld is the author and illustrator of many New York Times bestselling books for young readers, including Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train. He lives in Illinois.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Love it

    I love this! A really funny book that I like and I'm 9 !

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    Seeing life

    I use this book for children's sermons as a lesson in how we 'see' all sorts of things differently; including our beliefs, interpretion of stories, scriptures, etc. Very appealing to children and adults; many experience 'aha' moments.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    To much money

    12 dollers.!?!? Not worth it.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    What is it???

    This is a hilarious book about deciding if the animal is a duck or rabbit. Two outside narrators are arguing about an animal they see...is it a duck or rabbit? In the end both narrators see the points that each other are making about the animal's characteristics. Children will need to be informed of who is actually speaking and there is one page that is turned differently. This is also a great book to explain how people can have different perspectives on the same things.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Excellent book!

    I teach preschool and I highly recommend this book because it encourages critical thinking skills at an early age. They are encouraged to look at the picture and decide if they think it's a duck or a rabbit and you can talk to them about why they think it's one or the other. It's a must have!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    So funny for kids 4 to 6

    Good book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    Very cute

    We read it every night

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    CUTE!!

    You have to get this book! So cute!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2011

    hillarious

    a awesome book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2013

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    Loved this book for the optical illusion of duck or rabbit and t

    Loved this book for the optical illusion of duck or rabbit and the one that appears later in the book also. For some reason it made me remember the old Looney Tunes "duck season/rabbit season" cartoon and made me enjoy it even more. I'll be using it for our B&N story time coming up so we'll see how the kids - and their accompanying adults! - like it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    my children love this book!!

    I wish I could say my children were in love with reading. But they are not. But they are beginning to like reading more with Duck! Rabbit! This is an adorable book. We read it time and time again. Great for little ones! In just a matter of days they were reading the pages back to me.
    The first time we read the book the boys were cracking up hard at the duck/rabbit's antics.
    Must have for all children! Especially if you want them to be involved in the process.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    O hfrctydg

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    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2011

    This encourages homosexuality!

    It is was it is. Is should not be wondering if is either.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2011

    great book

    i love this!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    audio capability?

    does this book have read to me options?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    grate,

    ya man mi lik.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2010

    Great gift book

    Wonderful book....adults will enjoy sharing it as much as a child will enjoy hearing it....easy enough for young readers to be able to read TO the adult also....absolutely loved it!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    A must have for your book collection!!!

    This book is so cute. A must for your book collection. Shows pis of a rabbit that could also be a duck in many situations. Kids have to use their imagination. I will be buying this book for gifts in future. Our son is 2 1/2 and LOVES its. I read my son at least 10 books a day and below have recommended a few more of our favs...Hope you Enjoy :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    Excellent Book

    We love reading this book together. The illustrations are brightly colored and the story encourages thinking about things in a new way. The pages are sturdy and can handle the occasional tug of a pre-reader without tearing. I would highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2009

    great book for the little ones

    lets your child see things from a different perspective

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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