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The Wolf, the Duck & the Mouse

By: Mac Barnett

Illustrator: Jon Klassen

With a nod and wink to readers, this untraditional fable is about a mouse and a duck who get swallowed by a wolf.

ISBN: 9780763677541

JLG Release: Feb 2018


Sensitive Areas: None

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Awards & Honors

2018 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award Winner, Picture Book
2018 MLA Mitten Award Winner
ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2018, Younger
CCBC Choices 2018 Choice: Picture Books for School-Age Children
Publishers Weekly’s; Best Books of 2017, Picture Books
Horn Book Fanfare List 2017, Picture Books
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Picture Books
The New York TimesNotable Children’s Books of 2017, Picture Books
Shelf Awareness 2017 Best Books of the Year, Picture Books
Amazon.com Best Books of 2017, Ages 3–5
Booklist Top of the List Editor’s Choice, Fiction Young Readers
New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017
Los Angeles Public Library Best of 2017: Children’s Books

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
When a little mouse gets gobbled up by a hungry wolf, all seems lost until he makes an unexpected friend in the belly of the beast: a duck that may have been swallowed but has “no intention of being eaten.” Indeed, life is not so bad inside the wolf. There’s a comfortable bed, a grand dining room table,
[STARRED REVIEW]
When a little mouse gets gobbled up by a hungry wolf, all seems lost until he makes an unexpected friend in the belly of the beast: a duck that may have been swallowed but has “no intention of being eaten.” Indeed, life is not so bad inside the wolf. There’s a comfortable bed, a grand dining room table, and a fully functional chef’s kitchen. As the duck explains to the bewildered mouse, “You’d be surprised what you find inside a wolf.” No longer do these small creatures worry about being devoured; they can sit back and relax in their confinement. They even conspire to get the wolf to down some good wine and cheese. Their wining and dining soon gives their host a terrible stomachache, attracting the attention of a hunter. Suddenly, all three lives are at risk and the new friends must act quickly to save themselves—and their safe and swanky new digs. Barnett’s shrewd wit and subtle sense of irony come across expertly in short, snappy sentences, while the repeated refrain of “Oh woe!” and the pourquoi-tale ending lend the story a folkloric tone. Klassen’s mixed-media art has a collage-like quality; the main characters and set pieces appear as cutouts placed against richly textured backgrounds of deep browns and black, with golden touches of pink and ocher, adding to the sense that readers are watching a dramatic play unfold. VERDICT Reminiscent of classic animal fables, with this winning team’s signature humor and charm, this is a first purchase for any picture book collection.—Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal

Horn Book

[STARRED REVIEW]
The opening of this latest Barnett/Klassen collaboration (an original pourquoi tale) seems to presage dire events: “Early one morning, a mouse met a wolf, and he was quickly gobbled up.” But once inside, the mouse meets a duck, who “lives well” in the wolf ’s stomach, with all the sto
[STARRED REVIEW]
The opening of this latest Barnett/Klassen collaboration (an original pourquoi tale) seems to presage dire events: “Early one morning, a mouse met a wolf, and he was quickly gobbled up.” But once inside, the mouse meets a duck, who “lives well” in the wolf ’s stomach, with all the storybook comforts of home: a red-checkered tablecloth, jam and toast for breakfast, homemade soup for lunch, a phonograph. The mouse asks permission to stay, and when the answer is an enthusiastic yes, the two celebrate by dancing up a storm. This gives the wolf an awful stomachache, and he howls, attracting the attention of a hunter (who looks like Santa Claus in the role of a Hollywood lumberjack); the hunter shoots, but the duck and mouse defend their “home” by leading a charge out of the wolf ’s stomach and frightening the hunter away (“Oh woe! Oh death! These woods are full of evil and wraiths!”). The grateful wolf offers to grant his saviors any favor they wish, and . . . “Well, you can guess what they asked for.” Cue a double-page illustration of the friends partying it up, back home in the (once-again-painful) belly of the beast. And that, folks, is why wolves howl. This is a delightfully entertaining mash-up of familiar storytelling tropes combined in a wholly original way. Barnett’s language is both funny and rich (for those who remember the cartoon “Fractured Fairy Tales,” that tone exactly). Klassen’s mixed-media illustrations are concentrated down to their essences, with colors so subtle the art appears black-and- white at first glance; striking tableaux that seem to capture each moment at the very peak of the action propel the story forward. martha v. parravano

Book Details

ISBN

9780763677541

First Release

February 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

8 7 /16" x 11"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.2; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

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