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From Publishers Weekly

This unique picture book, an import from New Zealand, deserves high marks for freshness and originality. When Mabel encounters a strange duck on her doorstep, she greets it politely. "Meow," responds the duck. " 'Odd,' said Mabel. 'Very odd.' " And the oddness escalates, as the bewildered girl tries to figure out this "very different sort of duck" that relishes such feline pursuits as playing with yarn, drinking milk and catching mice. She posts labels depicting various cats and ducks in hopes of clarifying matters: "The duck changed the labels over." When the canny non-quacker is "treed" atop a lamppost, it decides to own up to its roots, and flies to the ground--" 'Quack,' it said." Taking wing from its nonsensical premise, Gordon's tale owes much of its loopy fun to her forthright, tongue-in-cheek telling. In an inspired--and unexpected--pairing, Gaskin's realistic art adds just the right touch of absurdity to these topsy-turvy proceedings. Ages 2-6.
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From Kirkus Reviews

In this whimsical charmer from New Zealand, a child named Mabel finds a duck on her doorstep--a duck that makes it clear that it thinks it's a cat: it says ``Meow,'' drinks milk, and stalks mice. Determined to straighten it out, Mabel provides properly labeled pictures (some of them from familiar illustrators) and finally points out, when the duck has been chased up a lamppost by a dog, that, as a duck, it can fly down. So it does, and ``You were only joking, weren't you?'' says Mabel. ``Quack,'' says the duck. Last scene: a cat turns up, remarking ``Quack.'' The spare, repetitive text is deliciously understated and easy enough for beginning readers. Nature illustrator Gaskin, new to picture books and to Americans, makes the dogged duck's ``odd'' behavior seem altogether plausible, nicely amplifying the humor in the carefully chosen details of his realistic watercolors. Amusingly offbeat, with pleasantly mind-teasing undercurrents concerning logic and identity. (Picture book. 3-9) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Scholastic (September 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590728466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590728461
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 18 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,430,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ...Loggie... on June 18, 2004
Format: Library Binding
When Mabel opens her door Monday morning, she wasn't expecting to be confronted by a duck that thinks it's a cat. Mabel tries to convince the duck that it is a duck, but it resolutely says "Meow." Finally, with the help of the dog next door, Mabel convinces the duck it's a duck. But when Mabel opens the door on Tuesday morning, she's got another surprise waiting for her.
The drawings are very realistic; they almost look like pictures. The story is told in a very simple, straightforward manner. "On Monday morning, Mabel opened her door. There was a duck on the back step. 'Hello' said Mabel. 'Meow,' said the duck. 'Odd,' said Mabel. 'Very odd.'"
My favorite line in this book is the often repeated "'Odd,' said Mabel. 'Very odd.'" The whole book is sweet, loveable, and remarkably funny. The idea of a duck that thinks it's a cat makes for a lot of fun. Besides, one can simply describe this book to others as 'a book about a duck with identity problems.'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is just that, I absolutely adore it! I first found it in a library when I lived in Texas in first grade, and checked it out almost every week, but when we moved I never saw it again. I Finally found it here on Amazon and I was absolutely beyond thrilled. It's a funny, whimsical, charming kind of book that you don't see too often.

You'll often find my entire family quoting "Odd," Said Mabel, "Very odd." at every oppurtune moment, from my parents on down to my youngest brother.
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By Persop on December 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
You might at first think of something raised by a different type of species. A human by wolves are monkeys. This story is probably unique, humorous and cute.I hesitate to give anything but will merely state a duck does cat things.It would not seem possible for anyone to find anything offensive. My guess is boys and girls either reading or being read to will be charmed by the story. That adults will also enjoy it. The illustrations are also five stars.
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By P. Smith on April 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
Odd. Very odd. A duck that thinks it's a cat and a little girl who tries to convince the duck that it's a... well, a duck. Cute.
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