I love books. Obviously. And I also love to talk about books. But it has been quite a while since I was THIS eager to tell everyone I know about a fabulous book.
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.
Title: The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Rating: 10. No… 11!
Source: from Penguin Random House for review
Description from Goodreads:
This is a story about a mouse and a duck who get swallowed by a wolf.
Early one morning a mouse met a wolf
and was quickly gobbled up.
When a woeful mouse is swallowed by a wolf, he quickly learns he is not alone: a duck has already set up digs, and, boy, has that duck got it figured out! Turns out it’s pretty nice in there, with delicious food and elegant table settings, courtesy of the wolf’s unchecked gluttony. And there’s something even better: no more fear of being eaten by a wolf! In fact, life is pretty good, until a hunter shows up. . . . With a nod to traditional fables and a wink to the reader, the award-winning Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen offer a tale of cooperation and creative cuisine that is sure to go down easy.
What I Thought:
Well, obviously, I thought it was amazing.
I haven’t read anything by Mac Barnett before (although I am literally heading out to the library after I’m finished writing this to get my hands on his other books) but Jon Klassen is a total favourite of mine. I Want My Hat Back is downright hilarious.
This is another book that just gets hit right out of the park. Let me count the ways.
The cover – suspicious looking wolf, adorable little duck and mouse. The sketchy style and water colour background really help this stand out. And the typography of the title? Perfection.
The illustrations – muted colours, minimalist backgrounds, and the full page spread at the climax of the book truly made me laugh out loud.
The story – surprisingly absurd, delightfully odd, and wonderfully unique. I mean, what other book has one of the main characters get gobbled up on the second page?
The words – I’ve been quoting my favourite line to people all week: “I may have been swallowed, but I have no intention of being eaten.” Also the laments from the different characters are again, laugh-out-loud hilarious. “Oh woe! Oh death! These woods are full of evil and wraiths!” I love a book that challenges vocabulary like this. Amazing.
All in all, The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse is probably one of my top ten favourite children’s books of all time.
NOW GO AND READ IT!
I also received this completely adorable apron along with the book. Is it weird to frame an apron? I want this framed.
The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse is one of the best children’s books I’ve ever read. You should read it, too.