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Children's LiteratureThe barnyard ducks have a wonderful time singing their made-up song and banging on their improvised instruments. But Goose, who is trying to rest, is not happy. "You'll wake up the farmer with your singing and banging," he tells them. The ducks are having too much fun to listen. Unfortunately they do wake up someone—Fox. And Fox sees a great opportunity to sneak up and grab a duck without being heard. In the end, it is Goose who makes enough noise to wake the farmer as he tries to warn the ducks about Fox, and the farmer chases Fox away. Beginning readers will enjoy this story. It is full of action and humor, and the simple sentences are written with style. Aggs demonstrates an ear for the natural rhythms of speech, making this book a good choice for reading aloud, as well. Her black-and-white drawings, which accompany the text on each page, add further enjoyment. They are both comic and expressive and suit the book's lighthearted tone. This is one of the "Panda" series of early readers. 2002, The O'Brien Press Ltd, Ages 5 to 7.
— Barbara Carroll Roberts