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DUCK & GOOSE GO TO THE BEACH by Tad Hills

DUCK & GOOSE GO TO THE BEACH

From the Duck & Goose series

by Tad Hills, illustrated by Tad Hills

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: April 8th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-385-37235-0
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random

In this latest Duck & Goose escapade, Duck and Goose spontaneously trek to the beach, where their reactions are decidedly mixed.

After agreeing how much they love relaxing in the meadow, Duck suddenly suggests they should immediately take a trip. Enthusiastic and excited, Duck ooozes excitement, while Goose clearly would rather stay home. Oblivious, Duck heads out with Goose reluctantly in tow. Passing familiar landmarks, they enter foreign territory and eventually arrive at the beach. “[P]retty sure” he loves the beach, even though he’s never been there, Duck heedlessly races to the shore, where he’s quickly overwhelmed by the sound of the waves, the vast stretch of sky and “SO MUCH” water. As Duck’s excitement wanes, Goose embraces the waves and eagerly explores the seashore. Soft oils transport the impressively simple, silly little figures of Duck and Goose in their floppy sun hats across single- and double-page spreads, from the greens of the meadow to the blues, whites and tans of sky, water and sand, while their expressive eyes and postures amply convey comic emotion and visual back story.

Anyone ever simultaneously excited and nervous about leaving home and traveling to new places will identify with this droll duo on their first amusing trip to the beach. (Picture book. 3-7)