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- Publisher: CHRONICLE BOOKS
- Format: Hardback | 40 pages
- Dimensions: 229mm x 231mm x 13mm | 386g
- Publication date: 11 March 2009
- Publication City/Country: California
- ISBN 10: 0811868656
- ISBN 13: 9780811868655
- Illustrations note: Full colour
- Sales rank: 19,375
From 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 sense of humour here - there is also a subtle lesson for kids who don't know when to let go of an argument. This is a smart, simple story that will make readers of all ages eager to take a side, "Duck! Rabbit!" makes it easy to agree on at least one thing: reading it again!
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Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a Chicago-based writer. She is the author of Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink, and several other children's and adult trade books.
"You know when people refer to "a book for all ages?" .in [this] new picture book, the cliche proves true..Hop (or swim) and find a Duck! Rabbit! of your very own!"--BookPage"
The art of optical illusions provides creative fodder for young guessing-game enthusiasts. In this modern twist on a classic form, two unseen characters' cheerful banter provides clues to an unknown object's identity. Each tries to persuade the other to see his or her version of the picture; their interactions' brevity provide a subtle charm. "Here, look at my duck through my binoculars." "Sorry, still a rabbit." The central character in this slight story is Lichtenheld's ink, watercolor and colored-pencil art. Two laid-back, parallel rabbit ears - or a duck's bill depending on the reader's focus - serve as the dominant image against the soft blue background, occupying the center of the composition even as its context changes. Thick black outlines perfectly complement the solid illustration within; its observant single eye seamlessly appears to look in opposite directions. The images displayed are also reflected in the endpaper's billowy clouds, providing a whimsical touch. Once youngsters solve this puzzle, they'll be clamoring for the next. Now is that a brachiosaurus or an anteater? (Picture book. 5-8) (Kirkus Reviews)