The Uglified Ducky

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You may think you know the story of The Ugly Duckling, but think again. In the capable hands of his narrator Maynard Moose, storyteller Willy Claflin takes us on a wacky journey where family becomes fambly and extremely becomes distremely. (English teachers take heart; a Moose-English glossary is included.)

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Overview

You may think you know the story of The Ugly Duckling, but think again. In the capable hands of his narrator Maynard Moose, storyteller Willy Claflin takes us on a wacky journey where family becomes fambly and extremely becomes distremely. (English teachers take heart; a Moose-English glossary is included.)

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Storyteller Clafin resets the Andersen fairy tale in Alaska's Northern Piney Woods and retells it in "Moose Words" and Piney Woods English, complete with glossary and parental warning. His protagonist is a baby moose who, taking a nap in a duck's nest, is accepted by the Mommy Ducky as one of her duck children, albeit a "distremely uglified" one. As she tries to teach her duckies to waddle, quack and swim, she becomes so annoyed with the moose's failures that she takes him to Dr. Quack, who does his best to "fix" him up, in vain. When fall arrives and the ducks learn to fly, our moose, very depressed, goes off into the forest. It is only when he meets some "beautiful beasties" who tell him he is really a moose like them that he is filled with joy. End pages depicting a dark forest floor with dry brown leaves and several large gray rocks make a suitable stage for Stimson's slick gouache paintings. There's "cuteness" in the duck family and an immediate appeal in the depiction of the young moose with his big, broad, "moosey-esque" nose. The moral of the tale is clear. A CD of the story is included. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

Every full moon in the Northern Piney Woods, the animals gather to hear Maynard Moose tell his Mother Moose Tales in "old Moose Speech." The glossary begins with a tongue-in-cheek "Parental Warning" about "moose grammar, spelling, and usage, all of which have been known to scrumble up the human brain!" Poor little moose wanders away and falls asleep in a nest with five ducky eggs. "Boy, I hope the other ones will turn out better" is Mommy Ducky's reaction when she sees him. The story line echoes Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling" as the "uglified ducky" tries his best to waddle, quack, and swim, with humorous results. Predictably, all ends well, and Maynard Moose closes his story with a twist on the usual moral: If you don't fit into your "fambly...that does not mean you are uglified.... It just means you have not found out what you really are yet." Stimson's colorful illustrations are a riot, featuring stylized shapes, funny expressions, and animated scenes. A CD of the story performed hilariously by Claflin is delightful. This fresh, lively story is laugh-out-loud funny.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI

Kirkus Reviews
Maynard Moose relates the tale of the Uglified Ducky, a moose who lost his way and found a home with a "fambly" of ducks. But the Uglified Ducky cannot waddle, fails miserably at quacking and sinks when he attempts to swim. The final straw is the flying lesson. Discouraged and sore, the Uglified Ducky strikes out on his own and finally meets some moose who set him straight. The moral of the tale? Readers are told that if they don't feel that they fit in, "that does not mean you are uglified . . . .It just means you have not found out what you really are yet. So demember [sic], everybody is a beautiful something or other. Especially you." Claflin's tale is punctuated throughout by glossary-defined moose words and malapropisms, making it a tale just begging to be read aloud-though one Andersen would likely not recognize, either. Stimson's droll gouache illustrations perfectly match the tongue-in-cheek text, with characters that are just brimming with personality. This is one not to be missed. (audio CD) (Picture book. 3-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874839531
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/16/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 359,753
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: AD830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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