DUCK SOUP by Jackie Urbanovic
Kirkus Star


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Age Range: 4 - 7
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Quack! Maxwell Duck is back and this time he’s making soup. Max has made lots of soups, but always from other chefs’ recipes, so he’s determined to create his own. Mmm . . .all it needs is some fresh herbs from the garden to perfect it. Meanwhile, his friends Dakota (cat), Brody (dog) and Bebe (bird) smell something good and walk into the empty kitchen. But the soup tastes funny and there’s a strange green feather floating on top (bay leaf). They’re horrified to think that Max has fallen into the soup. They dump the pot into a strainer: They find his head—no it’s just a potato; they find eyeballs—nope, just onions; they find his feet—nope, just carrot slices. Just then, Max walks in. At dinner that night, he’s very quiet, having lost his soup, until his friends tell him, “We know you’re disappointed, but at least you’re not duck soup!” Like the first Max story, Duck at the Door (January 2007), the cartoon cover is irresistible and the comical illustrations spice up the clever story. Kids will love the misidentified body parts. As silly and funny as the Marx Brothers movie of the same title. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-121441-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2007


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