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Duck! Rabbit! / [text by] Amy Krouse Rosenthal ; [illustrations by] Tom Lichtenheld.

Book Book (2009.)
Description: [40] p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books, 2009.
23 of 29 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
2 current holds with 29 total copies.
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  • Awards: A Junior Library Guild selection
    • ISBN: 9780811868655 (hardcover) :
    • ISBN: 0811868656 (hardcover) :
    Summary: From the award-winning author of Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink comes a clever take on the age-old optical illusion: Is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it! Readers will find more than just Amy Krouse Rosenthal's signature humor here, there's also a subtle lesson for kids who don't know when to let go of an argument. A smart, simple story that will make readers of all ages eager to take a side, Duck! Rabbit! makes it easy to agree on one thing, reading it again!
    Authors: Lichtenheld, Tom, (ill.).
    • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2009 April #1
      "*Starred Review* How cute is this? Really, really cute. Some readers may know the visual puzzle that makes the same line drawing look like a rabbit or a duck, depending on how you squint; this book is even funnier (and a little disorienting) if you re meeting Duck/Rabbit for the first time. But even those familiar with how ears can turn into a beak will get a kick out of the way Rosenthal and Lichtenheld move the concept forward. The offstage narrators see something interesting: "Hey, look! A duck!" "That s not a duck. That s a rabbit!" Then the back and forth begins, with the duck quacking while the rabbit is sniffing, the duck eating bread, the rabbit munching a carrot. In the most clever spread, readers turn the book vertically to see the duck getting a drink of water, while the rabbit cools its ears. The simple art is reminiscent of Eric Rohmann s work and will appeal to the same audience. Despite the story basically being one joke, the clever tone and the amusing pictures (rendered in ink, watercolor, "and a wee bit of colored pencil") never let it feel that way. The clever ending might inspire kids (and parents) to create their own artistic twofers."
    • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2009 March #4

      The team behind The OK Book again plays with perspective and visual trickery, this time using a classic image that looks like either a rabbit (with long ears) or a duck (with a long bill). In a series of spreads that show the boldly outlined duck/rabbit against a blue sky, two offstage speakers, their words appearing on either side of the animal's head, argue their points of view. The snappy dialogue makes for fine read-aloud: "Are you kidding me? It's totally a duck." "It's for sure a rabbit." Though the main image is basically static, Lichtenheld has fun with the details and setting, placing the animal behind green leaves ("Now the duck is wading through the swamp." "No, the rabbit is hiding in the grass"), near water ("Look, the duck is so hot, he's getting a drink." "No, the rabbit is so hot, he's cooling off his ears"), etc. The creature's disappearance brings a brief moment of reconciliation, but the twist ending puts the speakers at odds again. Duck? Rabbit? As kids will readily see, it depends on how you look at it. Ages 3–up. (Apr.)

      [Page 58]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
    • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2009 May

      K-Gr 2—Two unseen characters debate the identity of the creature at the center of this clever book—is it a duck or a rabbit? Readers will join in the discussion, because the creature could, in fact, be either. Just as each of the debaters begins to see the other's perspective, the duck/rabbit runs away and they see an anteater. Or is it a brachiosaurus? Text and illustrations are intimately wedded in this fun, interactive read-aloud. The bold lines and bright colors in Lichtenheld's illustrations are a visually pleasing match for the bantering text. With a strong, well-executed concept, this book provides an excellent starting point for discussing how points of view can differ and still be right.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD

      [Page 88]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
    • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2014 December

      PreS—In this clever board book told in two voices, viewers are asked to identify a single central figure in different ways. Is it a duck? Is it a rabbit? It all depends on where you sit and the few subtle details that are offered. The heavy black outlined artwork is deceptively simple and brilliantly executed. Duck? Rabbit? Let the debate rage on!

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    Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. "Duck! Rabbit!." San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books, 2009.

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