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Duck! Rabbit!

Duck! Rabbit!

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by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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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 herethere's also a subtle lesson for kids who don't know when to let go of an argument.


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 herethere'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! Plus, this version includes audio and a read along setting.

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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
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)
From the Publisher
"Deceptively simple and brilliantly executed."-School Library Journal
School Library Journal
PreS—In this clever board book told in two voices, viewers are asked to identify a single central figure in different ways. Is it a duck? Is it a rabbit? It all depends on where you sit and the few subtle details that are offered. The heavy black outlined artwork is deceptively simple and brilliantly executed. Duck? Rabbit? Let the debate rage on!

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Meet the Author

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a Chicago-based writer. She is the author of Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink, and several other books for children and adults.
Tom Lichtenheld works as both an advertising art director and as a creator of of children's books. He has written and illustrated several books, including Everything I Know About Pirates. He has also collaborated with Amy Krouse Rosenthal on The OK Book and It's Not Fair! He lives in Geneva, Illinois.

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Duck! Rabbit! 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this! A really funny book that I like and I'm 9 !
MinnMaggie More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
aebrimer More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
12 dollers.!?!? Not worth it.
C Leach More than 1 year ago
Good book
Jeanette Hansen More than 1 year ago
We read it every night
Emani Smart More than 1 year ago
i love this!!!!!
Kari Santas More than 1 year ago
You have to get this book! So cute!
Amy Palmer More than 1 year ago
does this book have read to me options?
Lauren Rerat More than 1 year ago
a awesome book
sergio kalil More than 1 year ago
ya man mi lik.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
kathansmom More than 1 year ago
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 :)
Zoomers_Mommy More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
lets your child see things from a different perspective
BBard More than 1 year ago
The book is one that can be appreciated by the adults reading it to the children and is fun!
romancemistress More than 1 year ago
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.
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