Duck at the door

Jackie Urbanovic

Book - 2007

Max the duck likes to spend the winter in Irene's house.

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New York, NY : HarperCollins c2007.
1st ed
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
Main Author
Jackie Urbanovic (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

One snowy night, a half-frozen duck named Max struggles to a house where a woman lives with a menagerie of pets. Welcomed into the household, he tells the animals that he stayed behind when his flock flew south. Quickly, and sometimes hilariously, outgoing Max learns to live indoors, while the other animals try to adjust to his creative cooking and his tendency to hog the remote. When his flock returns, the others pets are not sorry to see him go, but after his departure they do hope for his return. Though Urbanovic has illustrated other books, such as Denia Hester's Grandma Lena's Big Ol' Turnip (2005), this is her first work as writer-illustrator, and a very promising start it is. The story is simple, the expressive pictures are pleasing, and both work well together. With both comical and tender moments, this is a fine picture book for reading aloud. Shiny red letters and a goofy-looking Max on the cover invite readers in. ((Reviewed April 1, 2007)) Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 3— When his flock migrates south for the winter, Max opts to stay behind—and quickly regrets it. Luckily, Irene and her pets live nearby in a cozy house, so the quirky duck makes himself right at home for the season, and proves to be a bit of a pest. Just when everyone has had their fill of Max's favorite TV shows, blanket hogging, and experimental cuisine, spring arrives, and he leaves to reunite with his flock—and, naturally, the entire household feels his absence. Urbanovic's animals, with their expressive, engaging facial features, take center stage in the open, cheery illustrations. They're detailed without being busy, and nuanced without being at all fussy. Great fun for storyhours.—Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC [Page 187]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Irene and her family of cats and dogs take in Max the duck, who stayed behind when his flock migrated for the winter, and he learns to do many things, which drives the animals crazy--until he leaves to rejoin his flock in the summer.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Desperate to get out of the cold on a snowy night, Max the Duck knocks on the door of a cozy house and gets the surprise of his life when he sees the eclectic group of friendly animals hanging out inside!

Review by Publisher Summary 3

It was a quiet night until'knock, knock, knock!'can that be a DUCK at the door??Max the duck burst on the scene in this funny picture book. Preschoolers and those reading to them enjoy giggling along as the animals cause havoc'but always with good intentions.Max and Brody the dog, Dakota the cat, and Bebe the bird race about in their hilarious adventures in Duck at the Door, Duck Soup, Duck and Cover, Sitting Duck. Ducks in a Row, and Happy Go Ducky.Read them'll quack up!