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