Synopses & Reviews
Duck & Goose, Goose & Duck. Feathered friends forever . . . or are they? That's what we discover in this charming and hilarious follow-up to the bestselling Duck & Goose
. You see, there's a challenge to their friendship: a little whippersnapper of a duck named Thistle. Thistle's good at everything
(or so she thinks), from math to holding her breath to standing on her head. Duck thinks she's fantastic. But Goose does not
! And so Goose is faced with a problem close to the hearts of children everywhere: what happens when your best friend makes a new
And don't miss Duck and Goose in Tad Hills's six board books, including What's Up, Duck? and Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin.
"In this sequel to Duck & Goose, a domineering girl duckling threatens the friendship between the boyish title characters. As the drama begins, Goose stands in a marsh, waiting expectantly for Duck. He cannot wait to show Duck the blue butterfly that has alighted on his head. Duck, meanwhile, is planning his own show-and-tell. 'Just wait until Goose meets Thistle,' he thinks as he and a new friend visit 'all his and Goose's favorite spots... the lily pond and the shady thicket.' When Duck and Thistle race up to Goose, Thistle frightens the butterfly and boasts, 'once, three butterflies landed on my head at the same time!... That's two more butterflies than you had!' Thistle challenges Goose to races and a handstand contest, winning with ease; Duck is impressed, Goose feels dejected, and Thistle pirouettes proudly. In sunny oil paintings of green grass and blue sky, Hills depicts the overeager newcomer proving herself and driving a wedge between the pals. His tale echoes Kevin Henkes's Chester's Way, however this third wheel is not just assertive but obnoxious; Thistle is unlikable and, more generally, an off-putting portrait of a bratty, oblivious girl. Duck and Goose reconcile and get some peace by challenging Thistle to a napping contest ('I'm the fastest faller asleeper ever!' she proclaims), then the buddies play while she sleeps. However, silencing the bully is but a temporary fix. The book points out a common dilemma, leaving readers to strategize solutions. Ages 3-7." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Duck and Goose face a challenge to their friendship when an enthusiastic young duck moves into their neighborhood who wants to play--and win--all sorts of games.
Best friends Goose & Duck come to a crossroad when a new duck, Thistle, enters the picture and declares herself the best at everything, yet with Goose not liking this new addition, Duck feels the pressure and so knows that he will have to somehow smooth things out between them.
Meet Gideon, the newest addition to Olivier Dunreaand#8217;s gaggle of adorable goslings! Gideon likes to splash with the ducklings, hop with the frogs, play chase-the-piglets, and scamper all over the farmyard. But one thing busy Gideon does not want to do is take his nap, no matter how many times his mother asks . . . until he gets tired, of course.
Another darling gosling makes his debut in this spunky story, with Olivier Dunreaand#8217;s perfectly pitched storytelling and illustrations that Gossie and Friends fans have come to cherish.
Otto is an octopus, and heand#8217;s Gideonand#8217;s favorite friend! Gideon has a favorite friend, his toy octopus. He brings Otto with him everywhere. But one day Otto doesnand#8217;t stay right where Gideon put him . . . In this second book about Gideon, we learn more about his sidekick, Otto, and their important bond. Another charming romp with the latest irrepressible, adorable gosling in the bunch!
About the Author
Tad Hills is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling book, Duck & Goose, called "expressive" and "adorable" in a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. He is also the illustrator of My Fuzzy Friends and Knock, Knock, Who"s There? A painter, an actor, and an obsessive Halloween costume maker, he lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and children.