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What's Up, Duck?: A Book of Opposites (Duck & Goose) Board book – January 8, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 3 years
  • Series: Duck & Goose
  • Board book: 22 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375847383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375847387
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

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.

More About the Author

Tad Hills is the author and illustrator of many books including the New York Times Bestselling Duck and Goose, Duck, Duck, Goose and How Rocket Learned to Read. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, two kids and dog Rocket who has not learned to read...yet.

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This is a fun book to use when teaching or reinforcing the concept of opposites.
GrannyK
Very nice board book with adorable illustrations.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 12, 2008
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This colorful boardbook uses some charming drawings of four birds to illustrate the concept of opposites. There is a yellow duck, a gray duck, a blue songbird and a white goose. The words for the opposites are on each page.

Each scene shows the birds outside in the grass, doing opposite actions:
* First they stand forward, then backward.
* The gray duck screams while the blue bird whispers.
* The gray duck leaps for joy while the goose sheds a tear.
* The goose is close, the yellow duck stands far away.
* The yellow duck walks slowly while the gray runs quickly.
* The goose is clean, the yellow duck is muddy.
* The yellow duck barely lifts the heavy goose while the gray duck balances a light feather.
* The yellow duck has a butterfly on its head while the goose looks at one down on the ground.
* Finally, the goose is awake while the other three birds sleep.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on February 13, 2008
Format: Board book
As a huge fan of Tad Hills and his Duck and Goose characters, WHAT'S UP, DUCK? was an absolute delight!

At only twenty-two sturdy board pages, this is a perfect first reader, but it's also a great book to read with your toddler.

Along with the typical opposites of up, down and slow, fast, there are also my favorites -- clean, dirty and heavy, light.

The illustrations are what make this book a winner, and the absolute perfection of Duck and Goose are not to be missed.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Scofield on September 25, 2011
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Our duaghter loves the duck and goose books. This is a good one but not the best one - go for the feelings book. This is probably the 2nd best one of the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CJ on May 3, 2008
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This book is absolutely adorable! If you've read anything else by Tad Hills, you know he has a great sense of humor and the illustrations in this book make our family laugh! They also so clearly demonstrate the opposite that my 2 year old reads this aloud to us, using the pictures as a guide. A wonderful starter book of opposites that is also really fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mattie L. Gentry on July 20, 2013
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Its is amazing how this book has captured the full attention of my toddler grandson. It has contributed so much to his speech development. My grandson relates in an excellent manner to the authors approach to teaching the concept of opposites. I am now searching for this author's collection of other related books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Well-Read Child on April 7, 2008
Format: Board book
This board book features amusing and colorful illustrations of Duck, Goose, and friends demonstrating pairs of opposite words. For example, in the clean/dirty pair a clean, white Goose is standing with his eyes closed and hands up warding off an extremely dirty Duck who's approaching him from the opposite page.

My daughter, who is still too young to comprehend opposites, loves to look at the pictures and point at Duck, and the sturdy board book can withstand her strong and awkward grip as she flips the pages.

This book is an entertaining way to introduce new vocabulary and the concept of opposites to preschoolers who will definitely get a laugh at the funny scenarios and facial expressions on the characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 8, 2008
Format: Board book
I like this book. My girls love it and is a great way to teach opposites. It is very simple my 2 year old knows it by heart. I do add say for clean I say the "opposite" is dirty so they have that reference of the word opposite.
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By MGL on June 25, 2014
Format: Board book
Another sweet book by Tad Hills that engages, teaches and entertains.
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