An unforgettable new character from the creator of the hilarious Goodnight iPad

Nicholas Duck loves Christmas, and he also loves the new Santa hat that?s mysteriously delivered to his house. But when his friends see him and immediately launch into their Christmas ...
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An unforgettable new character from the creator of the hilarious Goodnight iPad

Nicholas Duck loves Christmas, and he also loves the new Santa hat that’s mysteriously delivered to his house. But when his friends see him and immediately launch into their Christmas lists, he doesn’t know what to do . . . until he runs into Santa himself! David Milgrim’s exuberant holiday story is a joy to read aloud, and the silly animals and bright colors make it a perfect for board book audiences. “Jingle quack, jingle quack . . .”

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Editorial Reviews

Horn Book
Milgrim employs speech balloons in his spare cartoon illustrations . . . infusing humor and deftly revealing personality. "Jingle quack, jingle quack, jingle all the quack"!
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

On December 24th, Nicholas Duck rushes out to find Santa to tell him what he wants for Christmas and is surprised to find a red coat and "a genuine, official Santa hat" on his doorstep. He happily puts them on, but is overwhelmed when all of the animals he meets corner him and rattle off their wish lists. Nicholas tries to get away and runs into Santa, at last. He relays the animals' requests, forgetting to ask anything for himself, but later realizes that helping to give to others has made him happier than getting any gift. Nicholas's silliness and frustration will appeal to youngsters as will the simple message. Milgrim's charming digital ink and oil pastel illustrations use a successful mix of narrative text and cartoon balloons to move the story along at a brisk pace. A fun selection for storytime or one-on-one reading.-Maureen Wade, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
A duck named Nicholas receives the gift of a Santa coat and hat prior to Christmas in this quirky, funny story that will have both kids and adults laughing. As soon as Nicholas puts on his Santa outfit, all the other animals assume that he is Santa Duck. Each animal that Nicholas meets announces his or her Christmas list, with humorous choices such as a fast racecar for the turtle and a big carrot cake for the rabbit. Nicholas finally meets the real Santa and recounts all the Christmas gift requests, forgetting to ask for anything for himself. But Santa delivers the goods, leaving each animal a requested item as well as a nice thank-you note and a personalized car for Santa Duck. Milgrim's simple cartoon-style illustrations have a fresh, cheery charm with wry humor in the speech-balloon comments. The tight narrative has just the right amount of dialogue and conflict to entertain preschoolers (and adults too), and it has the potential to become a read-it-over-and-over favorite. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101643402
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/14/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 30
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author

David Milgrim is the author and illustrator of numerous picture books, including Santa Duck and His Merry Helpers and under the pseudonym Ann Droyd, the bestselling Goodnight iPad. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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  • Posted December 5, 2008

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    Ho! Ho! Ho! Here comes Santa Duck!

    Ho! Ho! Ho! It¿s Christmas time and Nicholas Duck is worried! Christmas is just one day away, but Nicholas forgot to tell Santa what gifts he wants. If Santa doesn¿t get Nicholas¿ list, then this adorable duck might just find socks and underwear under his tree this year. Thus starts the charming adventure of Santa Duck. <BR/><BR/>When Nicholas Duck leaves his house to search for Santa, he finds a wrapped box on his doorstep. The happy duck is thrilled when he opens his gift and finds a Santa suit. Quickly putting the outfit on, Nicholas continues on his journey. Soon, however, Nicholas is accosted by all sorts of animals who think that he is the real Santa Claus. One after the other they tell Nicholas what they want for Christmas. In despair, Nicholas finally runs as fast as he can away from all the other animals. In his rush to escape, the flustered duck runs smack into Santa Claus. Nicholas quickly tells Santa what all the other animals want and then he heads home to wait for Christmas. But as he walks home, the poor duck realizes he¿d forgotten to give Santa his own wish list. Arriving at home, Nicholas finds a note from Santa thanking the duck for his help. It is then that Nicholas realizes that helping Santa ¿was the best gift he could ever get.¿ <BR/><BR/>This is a very sweet story that will have kids reading and re-reading it every day until December 25th. The pictures are simplistic in a way that kids will love, bright, cheery, and Nicholas¿ beak is stuck in a permanent smile ¿ sure to bring a smile to every child¿s face. <BR/><BR/>Quill says: A fun book that teaches children that giving is more fun than receiving.

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