In what seems a natural extension of Hills’ uncluttered composition style and simple, toylike characters, the artist expands his Duck & Goose series of picture books with a board book. Helped by a new character, a bluebird, the three familiar feathered friends (Duck, Goose, and Thistle) demonstrate each of nine pairs of opposite words: front, back; near, far; high, low; and so forth. Very young children unacquainted with the characters may not find enough to engage their attention in the stripped-down scenes, which feature little more than birds, blue sky, and grass. The truth is, though, many toddlers will already know Duck & Goose (2006) and Duck, Duck, Goose (2007), both of which have ultrasimple texts perfectly accessible to young preschoolers, and for these children, a variation better able to stand up to their rip-and-chew ministrations may be just the thing. Preschool. --Jennifer Mattson
About the Author
Tad Hills is the author and illustrator of Duck & Goose
—called “expressive” and “adorable” in a starred review from Kirkus Reviews
—and Duck, Duck, Goose
, both New York Times
bestsellers. He is also the illustrator of My Fuzzy Friends
and Knock, Knock, Who’ s There?
and a painter, an actor, and an obsessive Halloween costume-maker. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and children.