Duck, Duck, Moose by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Noah Z. Jones
Duck, Duck, Moose is an entertaining twist on the classic childhood game “Duck, Duck, Goose” that also teaches tolerance and acceptance. In the story, two sophisticated ducks prepare for a party…until a moose ruins all their hard work with his clumsiness.
We all remember the suspense of the game “duck, duck, goose!” and this book captures the excitement so well you’ll think you’re actually playing the game. With each task, the ducks are shown contentedly completing steps with a corresponding “duck…” Every page builds the readers anticipation as they wait for the inevitable “MOOSE!” to upset everything the ducks have built.
When the moose destroys an elaborate cake, the annoyed ducks order him out of the house. Little does the moose know, this is the ducks’ clever ruse to throw a surprise party for him. This surprise ending leaves everyone—even the clumsy moose—feeling loved and accepted.
Children in the infant, toddler, or preschool stage will appreciate this book the most. The sweet illustrations, basic story line, and minimal language (the only words are “duck” and “moose”) will keep younger children entertained but will likely bore older kids. In addition, the clever play on the familiar game Duck, Duck, Goose will surprise and appeal to a young child’s sense of humor. Lastly, toddlers are bound to relate to the bumbling moose. As books for kids go, this one teaches a great lesson to both parents and children: accidents are forgivable.