A supersilly riff on a perennial question: What do grown-ups do while kids sleep?
The child narrator, shooed off to bed with his toy duck, stalls his grown-ups with questions: “What if my duck needs a snack?” “Or a giant boulder rolls over the house?” In the mornings, “something is always just a little weird.” In this illustration, Duck lies flopped over that titular disco ball, above an open fridge that conjures Mack’s previous Duck in the Fridge (2014). The boy decides to track his parents’ nighttime whereabouts—and witnesses a rumpus that incorporates many of his previous, wild questions. Seemingly, parents and duck collaborate on chaotic fun that includes couch-diving and a multispecies party featuring snacks and hokey wordplay. Dad exuberantly yells, “I wanna rock!” Cue the duck, a crane, and a huge boulder that crashes the party—flattening the couch but not the maniacally upbeat mood. Magically, the parents fly out the window, sky-high, then fall back into bed—where the boy curls up to sleep, too. A dream, right? Maybe not: There’s that duck, tuckered out behind the couch near a familiar electric guitar. Mack’s digital pictures mix retro textile prints and boldly outlined, cartoonish depictions of round-eyed humans and animals. The boy’s parents look like kids themselves, and the trio appears white.
Nothing new here, but kids may get a kick out of the wacky premise and broad, pun-studded humor. (Picture book. 3-7)