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Sitting Duck
     

Sitting Duck

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by Jackie Urbanovic
 

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When Brody's niece Anabel comes for a visit, Max and the gang's only job is to keep her out of trouble. How hard could it be to babysit a puppy anyway? To Max's surprise, this fun-loving pup can't help getting into trouble—especially when set loose in the backyard. Turns out being a “sitting duck” is a lot harder than Max expected!

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When Brody's niece Anabel comes for a visit, Max and the gang's only job is to keep her out of trouble. How hard could it be to babysit a puppy anyway? To Max's surprise, this fun-loving pup can't help getting into trouble—especially when set loose in the backyard. Turns out being a “sitting duck” is a lot harder than Max expected!

In this hilarious Max the Duck book, children will delight in the silly mayhem that results when Max tries to be a good babysitter.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Max the duck, star of Duck at the Door (2007), Duck Soup (2008), and Duck and Cover (2009, all HarperCollins), is babysitting for an energetic puppy. Anabel's antics are perfectly captured in Urbanovic's chaotically charming cartoons depicting her playing dress up, toilet-papering her Uncle Brody, or playing ball indoors. But when she gets stuck in a tree, it's up to the frazzled duck to find a solution. The story is slight, though comic; it's the bold, funny artwork that really shines here.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Max, the duck hero and his anthropomorphic friends, from previous amusing adventures, are looking forward to baby-sitting with Brody's oversize puppy niece, Anabel, with mixed feelings. The irrepressible Anabel cannot wait to play. And play they do, from dress-up and chef, to a wild game of ball, until Brody yells, "ENOUGH!" He sits down with her for a story and nap, but he is the one who falls asleep. Anabel asks Max to go outdoors with her. "...how much trouble could a puppy get into, anyway?" Max wonders. And away they go, swinging, then bouncing until Anabel bounces up into a tree. The whole crew attempts a rescue, with hilarious results. When Irene picks her up, they assure her that Anabel was "no problem," but the chaos inside and the exhausted Anabel tell a different story. The front end pages introduce the cast of characters as snapshots, while the back shots record some of the episodic chaos Anabel has caused. The exaggerated cartoon-y actions are visualized to generate laughter as Max, camera in hand, records them all. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061765841
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/26/2010
Pages:
30
Sales rank:
789,245
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jackie Urbanovic is the New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of Duck at the Door, Duck Soup, and Duck and Cover, as well as the illustrator of If You're Hoppy, by April Pulley Sayre. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Jackie Urbanovic is the New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of Duck at the Door, Duck Soup, and Duck and Cover, as well as the illustrator of If You're Hoppy, by April Pulley Sayre. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Sitting Duck 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
clarendongirl More than 1 year ago
We are big fans of the Duck series of books. Sitting Duck is cute, in Ms. Urbanovic's usual style. It has a series of "photos" of the characters in the front and back of the book so that you can figure out the names of the pets that aren't specifically mentioned in other books. My 3-yo daughter loves looking at the photos, and we are obligated to do this every evening. Some of the humor might go over the head of my 3-yo, but as an adult, I appreciate it... and it doesn't take anything away from my daughter's enjoyment of the book. The illustrations are really advanced -- much more so than typical children's books. Again, as an adult reading this book about 7 times/week, I appreciate that! Some of Ms. Urbanovic's books might frighten some kids (Duck and Cover involves an alligator that might "eat" the pets, and Duck Soup involves pets thinking that one of the characters has fallen into the soup and is being "cooked". However, these themes have never frightened my 3-yo at all, and she can be a bit sensitive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading this book aloud. Funny for the kids and great illustration.
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