Duck, Duck, Porcupine! by Salina Yoon

Published by Bloomsbury 

Summary:  Big Duck has all the answers…or at least she thinks she does, and isn’t afraid to let her friends Porcupine and Little Duck know about them.  It’s Little Duck, though, who’s really paying attention.  Even though he doesn’t say a word, he manages to fix things when Big Duck’s ways don’t quite work out.  Duck, Duck, and Porcupine have three adventures in this book: going on a picnic, celebrating Porcupine’s birthday, and planning a camping trip.  Each story is told entirely through dialog (in speech bubbles) and simple illustrations.  64 pages; grades K-2.

Pros:  These funny stories and colorful illustrations will find a ready audience with Elephant and Piggie fans.  Each character has a distinctive personality, even Little Duck, who never says a word.  I love how he gazes at the reader at the end of each story, as if he can’t really believe Big Duck is for real.  Perfect as either a read-aloud or for beginning readers.

Cons:  Porcupine’s character isn’t quite as well-developed as the two ducks; hopefully we’ll get to know him a bit better in future installments.

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