Loud and confident Big Duck, her clever brother, Little Duck, and their agreeable purple friend, Porcupine, return in this early reader with three humorous but uneven adventures.As in series opener Duck, Duck, Porcupine (2016), Yoon uses word recognition, repetition, and visual storytelling to highlight these three friends’ adventures. The simple digital art, bold, with thick black outlines and vivid colors, expertly uses facial expressions and body language to support the text. The text is presented entirely in the form of dialogue bubbles in graphic-novel style. In the first adventure, “My Kite Is Stuck!” observant Little Duck with his blue baseball cap quietly saves the day when their toys are stuck up a tree. And he does it again in the third story, when Big Duck and Porcupine work together to set up the “Best Lemonade Stand” but hilariously forget one (very!) essential item. However, the middle adventure, “A New Friend,” in which this trio tries to make friends with different “bugs” (a bumblebee and a spider), fails to rise to the level of effectiveness and humor of the other two adventures. Reserved Little Duck does not talk throughout the book; but in a few special panels, he breaks the frame, looking out at the audience and making eye contact with readers. Fans of this series will enjoy this trio of friends in their second, mostly funny, outing. (Graphic early reader. 5-8)
“The simple digital art, bold, with thick black outlines and vivid colors, expertly uses facial expressions and body language to support the text.” Kirkus Reviews
“A step up from Mo Willems's Elephant and Piggie in reading level, Yoon's beginning reader is thoughtfully designed. . . . Cheerful, approachable, and thoughtfully created, this beginning reader will find a welcome home in public and school libraries.” School Library Journal
“[A] wonderfully engaging easy reader. The simply drawn digital cartoon characters exude personality and charm. . . . This collection of small dramas is just right for fledgling readers and perfect for read-alouds and reader's theater productions.” School Library Journal on DUCK, DUCK, PORCUPINE!
“A simple chapter book/graphic novel to engage the youngest new readers.” Kirkus Reviews on DUCK, DUCK, PORCUPINE!
“Novice readers will find success here. . . . Yoon's crisp, clean art has a coloring-book-like simplicity that will appeal to youngsters. . . . Kids (and the adults who work with them) can never have too many attractive, well-written beginning readers, and this trio of cuties is a welcome addition to the genre.” BCCB on DUCK, DUCK, PORCUPINE!
“A sweet, visually striking story of friendship and acceptance.” Booklist on BE A FRIEND
“This comforting story successfully addresses the common fear of storms for a young audience . . . This storm's impact has no lasting power against a family's love.” School Library Journal on STORMY NIGHT
“Readers will appreciate the graduating reassurances that range from self-soothing to group hugs . . . Youngsters will empathize with Bear and derive comfort from the loving togetherness his family displays while keeping the storm at bay.” Kirkus Reviews on STORMY NIGHT
“A terrific combination for preschoolers and early readers who will sympathize with Bear's competing desires.” The New York Times Book Review on FOUND
“A thoughtful, flawlessly executed exploration of theory of mind and emotional intelligence.” Publishers Weekly on FOUND