Quick Duck!

978-0-7636-6022-2. ea vol: illus. by author. 14p. Candlewick. 2013. BD $6.99.
PreS—These titles complement each other in their simple exploration of opposites. In Quick Duck!, an energetic duckling joyfully bounds out of a mud puddle, under a hedge, and around some flowers to join its family down at the pond. "Snail slides s-l-o-w-l-y down her flower" across a stone and beyond on her way to dinner with a friend, always s-l-o-w-l-y. Children can track the animals' journey across the pages, by way of duck's muddy footprints and snail's slime trail. In both cases, ink and watercolor cartoons are rendered digitally, creating simple and charming works.—Laura Hunter, Mount Laurel Library, NJ

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