Abby s class has a duck named Max who waddles and quacks and makes your feet all warm when he sits on them. Even though Max is a duck with demands from an ideal aquatic environment to fresh strawberries Abby might get to take him home overnight, if she can make everything perfect. Read more...
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Abby s class has a duck named Max who waddles and quacks and makes your feet all warm when he sits on them. Even though Max is a duck with demands from an ideal aquatic environment to fresh strawberries Abby might get to take him home overnight, if she can make everything perfect. And Abby is sure she can do it. The problem is, weird Noah from next door wants to take Max home, too. Abby can hear him digging on his side of the fence, but she knows he ll never get Max. A duck needs calm, and what can Noah do about his chaotic backyard and noisy sisters? Splashed with charming illustrations and brimming with humor and heart, this story of bestlaid plans and unexpected cooperation is one that every kid will relate to."
- ISBN-13: 9780763657840
- ISBN-10: 0763657840
- Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
- Publish Date: February 2012
- Page Count: 96
- Reading Level: Ages 7-9
- Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-03-19
- Reviewer: Staff
Offering a droll, understated narrative and angular pencil illustrations, well-matched collaborators McKinlay and Rudge make the most of an auspicious premise. Abby and her classmates are delighted when Mrs. Melvino, their daffy new teacher, introduces Max the duck, making it clear that he is no ordinary class pet: "A duck is different. A duck has demands." Since Abby's parents have said no to a dog "every single birthday and every single Christmas," but have agreed to hosting a class pet overnight, she is determined to prove to her teacher that she can meet Max's requirements. So is her neighbor, likable and disheveled Noah. The two engage in a good-natured rivalry to create a proper "aquatic environment" for Max in their backyards. The independent-minded duck is a scene-stealer; in one episode, he uses his "clever beak" to make a mess of the craft cupboard, signaling to Mrs. Melvino that it's craft time ("Thank you, Max!...What an excellent idea"). Underlying the story's lightheartedness is a neatly delivered lesson about responsibility and cooperation. Ages 7–9. (Feb.)