Sunday, October 7, 2007

Duck at the Door

Urbanovic, Jackie. 2007. Duck at the Door.

Knock. Knock. Knock! Someone's outside the door. . . But who? Meet Max--a duck for all seasons.

A duck shivering in the wintry cold. A duck making his way to the front porch of a cozy-looking house. Luckily for Max, this house is the home to LOTS of animals. And they just happen to be the ones to hear his arrival first.

It was a quiet night until...Thunk, Creak, and Knock, Knock, Knock!

All twelve animals--birds, dogs, cats--fly, run, leap as quick as can be to their owner--the boss of the place--Irene. Why? She always knows just what to do to make everything right around the house. She opens the door to find a snow-covered, miserably cold duck. He's brought inside and his story is told. Max stayed behind when his flock left because he thought winter would be fun. Irene and the gang welcome him with open arms--at least at first. But day after day, week after week, Max soon begins to take charge.

In January he learned to use the remote control. (He enjoyed Wild Kingdom and World Wide Wrestling.)
In February he discovered he had a flair for cooking.
By March he had made himself right at home.
but by April it was clear that Max had learned too much.

Duck at the Door is a fun book about finding your home, finding friends, finding your place in all seasons, all kinds of weather. I loved, loved, loved this book. And I loved the illustrations the best of all. Max is my kind of duck.

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