Synopses & Reviews
What Mr. Duck wants most in the world is a little bit of peace and quiet, but the other animals on the farm simply don’t understand. But as Mr. Duck discovers, sometimes peace and quiet can be just a little bit lonely. And making friends might mean making a little noise. Award-winning author Tammi Sauer presents a simple, short text that emphasizes the importance of friendship in a fun and effective way, with a sweet—but not too sweet—ending that will have children clamoring for repeated readings.
"Mr. Duck enjoys solitude and follows a strict routine in his pond. 'At precisely 8:01, he would glide across the perfectly still water,' flanked by hand-painted signs that read 'No Visitors Welcome' and 'Don't Even Think About It.' Everything changes one day when a pig does a cannonball off the dock, disrupting the tranquillity. 'Mr. Duck all set to give Pig a strongly worded speech regarding private property,' when a delighted cow dives in, too, followed by a goat, horse, and chickens. Mack (Hush Little Polar Bear) plays up both the barnyard crew's aquatic glee (at one point the pig and cow do a synchronized swimming routine) as well as Mr. Duck's party-pooper reactions. Amid the festivities, a fuzzy yellow peep finally notices Duck's displeasure: 'Perhaps we've overstayed our welcome.' Mr. Duck resumes his routine, but, predictably, feels lonesome. He paints a revised sign allowing 'noise' for two set hours every afternoon. The animals' merriment is always tangible, yet the fuddy-duddy's new regulations don't really redeem his preceding grumpiness. Even with his late-in-the-game compromise, Mr. Duck is never quite likable. Ages 4 8. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Sauerand#8217;s dour and disciplined duck and his rhyming hissy fits will most definitely entertain. Mackand#8217;s furry and feathered wide-eyed animals rendered in ebullient acrylic are a great match for this fine farmyard fable." - andlt;bandgt;andlt;iandgt;KIRKUSandlt;/iandgt;andlt;/bandgt;
"Sauerand#8217;s clever use of languageand#8211;and#8220;Mr. Duck grumbled. He mumbled. He flip-flop-fumbledand#8221;and#8211;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.and#8211;andlt;bandgt;andlt;iandgt;School Library Journalandlt;/iandgt;andlt;/bandgt;
What Mr. Duck wants most in the world is a little bit of piece and quiet, but the other animals on the farm simply don't understand. But as Mr. Duck discovers, sometimes peace and quiet can be just a little bit lonely. Full color.
All Duck wants in the world is a little bit of peace and quiet, but the other animals on the farm just don't understand. Can Duck make friends with his fellow barnyard animals and still get the peace and quiet he wants?
About the Author
Tammi Sauer has worked as both a teacher and library media specialist. Her first book Cowboy Camp illustrated by Mike Reed was named a 2006 finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award, a Barnes & Noble 2005 “Holiday Pick,” and selected for Nevada Young Readers’ Award Reading List for 2007. She also is the author of Chicken Dance, illustrated by Dan Santat a 2009 NAPPA Gold Medal Award, Chicago Public Library Best of the Best book, and 2010 Oklahoma Book Award winner which Publishers Weekly called "sublime silliness" and the author of Mostly Monsterly, illustrated by Scott Magoon. Ms. Sauer lives with her husband and children in Oklahoma. Visit her online at tammisauer.com.