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Mr. Duck Means Business (Paula Wiseman Books) Hardcover – January 25, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 320L (What's this?)
  • Series: Paula Wiseman Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; First Edition edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416985220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416985228
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—A self-proclaimed introvert, Mr. Duck happily entertains himself and finds his pond perfect for a solitary life. One day, however, the neighborhood animals, uninvited, invade his territory; soon Pig, Cow, Goat, and others are reveling in a splashing, crashing, boisterous manner. Mr. Duck demands that they leave and they do (with proper apologies). Soon, however, he finds that solitude is not so great after all. Rethinking the situation, Mr. Duck finds a way to make time for himself and to enjoy his newfound friends. Sauer's clever use of language—"Mr. Duck grumbled. He mumbled. He flip-flop-fumbled"—will engage children and help soften the getting-along message in a humorous and likable way. Mack picks up on this note, filling the pages with color and action. The expressive characters (especially Mr. Duck) provide amusing touches in illustrations that sprawl across the pages. A pleasing book that offers a viable avenue for discussion about how sometimes compromise is the best way to go.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
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After stretching his wings at 6:00 and fluffing his feathers at 7:00, Mr. Duck glides contently across the perfectly still water at exactly 8:01 every morning. On one especially hot day, however, Mr. Duck�s peaceful glide is interrupted, and his �NO Visitors Welcome� sign ignored by Pig�s cannonball, Cow�s belly flop, and the rest of the barnyard animals in a rowdy game of Marco Polo. Angered by the noisy disruption, �Mr. Duck tapped. He flapped. He totally SNAPPED.� After the animals fail to pick up on his frustration, Mr. Duck yells and demands that they leave. He soon finds his pond quiet again�but maybe a little too quiet. When he discovers that �sometimes life calls for a little noise,� he changes his tune�and his sign�to welcome his new friends at 2:00 every afternoon. Exuberant acrylic illustrations highlight the barnyard animals� fun and Mr. Duck�s dilemma as he learns the need for friendship and tolerance. Pair this with Doreen Cronin�s Giggle, Giggle, Quack (2002) for another look at a take-charge duck. Preschool-Grade 2. --Angela Leeper

More About the Author

Tammi Sauer has sold more than a dozen picture books to major publishing houses. In addition to winning awards, her books have gone on to do great things. Cowboy Camp was developed into a musical in Katy, Texas. Mostly Monsterly was selected to be a part of the 2012 Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories program. And Chicken Dance was released in French which makes her feel extra fancy. www.tammisauer.com

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Mr. Duck likes his life quiet.
J. Grambo
The text is engaging and the illustrations are adorable.
Patti Chadwick
Kids and parents will love this one.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Duck Means Business is a wonderful choice for preschool story time, giving the reader plenty of opportunity to draw in their audience as they tell the story of this cross duck who keeps getting interrupted by a bunch of animals that want to have fun. Nobody wants to listen when he tries to tell these party animals that they are interrupting his schedule, and when they finally do listen and leave him alone, duck learns an important lesson about the value of friends. This is a great story with a smooth read aloud flow. Kids will of course love this duck when he gets mad and yells at everybody, and they will also love the sight of a pig doing a cannonball into the pond. Maybe a bit too long for younger preschoolers, older preschoolers will enjoy every quacking moment. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Grambo on June 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Duck likes his life quiet. He likes his life scheduled. He does the same things at the same time every day. So what will he do when the barnyard animals break into his quiet, scheduled day with some unscheduled noise?

Jeff Mack's acrylic illustrations splash the pages with lively fun for ages 1-6.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on December 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Duck has a routine and he is not a happy camper when his animal friends attempt to disrupt it. All the animals want to play in Mr. Duck's pond, but Duck wants peace and quiet. So he makes a sign, announcing that no one is welcome at the pond. Duck has what he wants, peace and quiet, but then he gets lonely. He changes his sign to welcome visitors from two to four and everything is right in the world.

"The water got wild. The scenery got crowded. And the peace and quiet?
It.
Was.
Gone.
Mr. Duck tapped.
He flapped.
He totally SNAPPED.
`QUA-A-AA-A-ACKKK!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By My2Cents TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Duck lives all alone and enjoys the privacy and quiet of his pond. One day his peace and quiet is disturbed when a big, fat, noisy pig arrives to take a swim. Soon several other animals: horse, cow, goat, lamb, and chicks arrive to party and swim as well. Mr Duck is mad and his feathers are more than a little ruffled over all of these animals invading his private property. He orders them OUT OF HIS POND, and off they go, and soon Mr Duck has quiet again --maybe a bit too much quiet. Mr Duck decides to compromise, and share his pond at certain times of day. He posts a sign with specific swimming hours......especially for his animal friends. After all, isn't life more fun when you can share it with special friends?

Love the colorful illustrations, and the story was teaches children about sharing too. Kids and parents will love this one.
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