DUCK & COMPANY by Kathy Caple


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Age Range: 5 - 8
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Duck and Rat co-own a bookstore, and this easy reader’s five chapters offer a charming glimpse into the highs and lows of their workaday life. When Cat comes in looking for “a book that tells how to cook rats,” Rat hides. Enterprising Duck sells him a book on carrots, which are sure to make his fur shine. Mother Hen squeaks in with a pram full of eggs, leaving with the boredom-busting Terror Tales to Make Your Feathers Pop Out. Caple’s ink-and-gouache pictures furnish funny, easily interpreted scenes of retail life, including a stampede of little critters arriving for the forgotten story hour. (“Don’t worry,” Rat assures Duck. “You can wing it.”) Kids might envy these entrepreneurs: Each gets to take the brand-new title in the “Cliff-Hanger” series home to read. So what if the bleary pair sleeps through the following day without selling a thing? Time does whiz by “when you’re doing what you love.” Snap this one up—it’s sure to fly off the shelves. (Early reader. 5-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8234-1993-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2007


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