One of two new books about the endearing characters introduced in Duck Takes Off (1991). Here, the three are engaged in a cooperative effort: making a costume. Duck has the good idea of using wheels, but the others make fun of her skates; Frog's scooter and Rabbit's skateboard also become the butts of unfriendly teasing, which escalates until they remember their project, get to work, and construct themselves a giant crocodile costume that incorporates all three sets of wheels. Using language that can be easily read by beginners and understood by smaller children, Gretz adroitly captures the typical voices of a silly quarrel, making it so amusing that readers will enjoy the lesson. The illustrations are even more charming, the characters portrayed realistically as animals but with wonderfully expressive faces and bodies conveying subtle human feelings and interactions. In Rabbit Rambles On, also to be published in February, Duck and Frog join forces to stop Rabbit's boasting. Both are unusually well crafted and entertaining.