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Take a trip to the beach with the beloved, classic, and New York Times–bestselling odd couple Duck & Goose!Duck wants to go on an adventure. But Goose isn't so sure. Together, the two best friends set off on a walk that takes them through the meadow, past a shady thicket, and over a distant hill, all the way to a place they've never been before—the beach! Turns out, Goose loves the ocean. But guess who doesn't?
Praise for the Duck & Goose series:
“Duck and Goose have taken their places alongside Frog and Toad and George and Martha as fine examples of friendship, curiosity and problem-solving.” —
“Charming, funny, simple, and surprising. . . .
Hills is master of the light comic touch.” —
The Boston Globe
From School Library Journal
PreS-K—Beloved Duck and Goose star in yet another adventure that cements their friendship. Goose is cautious and less adventuresome than Duck. "Let's go away," says Duck. "Sounds like a fine way to twist your ankle," replies Goose. Yet because they are friends, they both hike to the beach. Each illustration, done in rich, glorious colors, is a delight. Especially notable is the humorous page on which a huge wave wipes them out, covering Duck in seaweed. Hills employs excellent vocabulary-stretching words, with "magnificent" and "loud" to describe the vast expanse of sky, sand, and sea. There is so much expression in just the eyes of these characters that children can't help but smile. As the story reaches a satisfying conclusion, they will proclaim this tale a winner.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Duck and Goose have shared and squabbled through a long series of picture and board books, each time delivering a comic reflection of children’s friendships. In this, their tenth go-round, they’re both happily at rest in a butterfly-dotted meadow until Goose says, “Let’s never leave.” To which, of course, Duck responds, “Let’s leave,” racing off. Goose is very reluctant to move and keeps up a constant argument about the wisdom of just staying put. Duck manages to get them both to the beach, and in a nifty reversal, it’s Goose who now reigns, reveling in the waves, the new creatures they meet, and the seashell-filled tidal pool, while Duck just gets his feathers ruffled by everything. Hills’ illustrations are rendered in bright oil paints that capture meadow and sea with equal vivacity. Duck and Goose, of course, are their usual comically at-odds selves, this time nicely illustrating the benefits of both adventurous and cautious personalities. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Connie Fletcher
, March 1, 2014:"Soft oils transport the impressively simple, silly little figures of Duck and Goose in their floppy sun hats across single- and double-page spreads, from the greens of the meadow to the blues, whites and tans of sky, water and sand, while their expressive eyes and postures amply convey comic emotion and visual back story. Anyone ever simultaneously excited and nervous about leaving home and traveling to new places will identify with this droll duo on their first amusing trip to the beach."
About the Author
Tad Hills is the author and illustrator of the highly acclaimed
New York Times-bestselling picture books
Duck & Goose;
Duck, Duck, Goose;
Duck & Goose Go to the Beach; How Rocket Learned to Read; and
Rocket Writes a Story. He has created numerous Duck & Goose board books, among them the ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book
What’s Up, Duck?;
Duck & Goose, It’s Time for Christmas!;
Duck & Goose Colors!; and most recently,
Duck & Goose, Let's Dance! The Rocket series includes a board book,
Rocket’s Mighty Words, and two leveled readers,
Drop It, Rocket! and
Rocket’s 100th Day of School. Tad lives in Brooklyn with his wife, their two children, and a dog named Rocket. Visit the author online at tadhills.com.