Duck, Duck, Porcupine! (Duck, Duck, Porcupine #1)

by Salina Yoon (Author)

Meet Big Duck, Little Duck, and Porcupine, stars of the Geisel Honor-winning early reader series perfect for fans of Elephant & Piggie and Ballet Cat.

Big Duck likes to boss around her younger brother, Little Duck, and she fancies herself the leader of their trio--when joined by their gentle friend Porcupine. Little Duck doesn't speak yet, but through his expressions and his actions, he shows that he has a better grasp on any situation than his older sister. Told entirely through dialogue and visual storytelling with subtle humor throughout, Little Duck ends up getting the trio out of whatever jam they are in.

Moving into an exciting new paper over board reader format, Salina Yoon's early readers are perfect for fans of bestselling series like Elephant & Piggie and Ballet Cat, giving all her picture book fans a fantastic next step for reading fun.

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Penguin in Love
Penguin's Big Adventure
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Publishers Weekly

Three friends--Big Duck, Little Duck, and Porcupine--star in a trio of stories that blend elements of picture books, chapter books, and comics. Told entirely through dialogue between Big Duck and Porcupine (Little Duck never speaks, though his beady eyes say plenty), two stories follow the friends' efforts to go picnicking and camping; rain disrupts the first outing, and Big Duck's 100-item packing list threatens the other. In the remaining story, Big Duck, who gets the most personality in these tales, attempts to remember something she has forgotten (Porcupine's birthday). Chunky, vividly colored digital cartoons create a sunny environment for the friends (even when the sun's not out), and the focused dialogue and lighthearted exchanges make each story approachable. Ages 5-7. Agent: Jamie Weiss Chilton, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (May)

Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.

School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS-Gr 1--This wonderfully engaging easy reader, starring the titular trio, is divided into three short chapters. The two duck siblings and their purple porcupine pal go on an all-weather picnic, celebrate Porcupine's birthday in style (well, eventually), and gather all of the things they need for a campout. The stories are told almost exclusively in dialogue, with the large-font, bold black type set in white speech bubbles. The simply drawn digital cartoon characters exude personality and charm and provide plenty of sight clues with the subtle change of expression. The backgrounds and accoutrements are so minimal as to appear as props on a stage, and the black framing of each spread feels like a proscenium. VERDICT This collection of small dramas is just right for fledgling readers and perfect for read-alouds and reader's theater productions. More Duck, Duck, Porcupine, please.--Luann Toth, School Library Journal

Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"[A] wonderfully engaging easy reader. The simply drawn digital cartoon characters exude personality and charm. . . . This collection of small dramas is just right for fledgling readers and perfect for read-alouds and reader's theater productions." - starred review, School Library Journal

"A simple chapter book/graphic novel to engage the youngest new readers . . . these three friends should find a place on the shelf with Yoon's earlier reading buddy, Penguin." - Kirkus Reviews

"Novice readers will find success here. . . . Yoon's crisp, clean art has a coloring-book-like simplicity that will appeal to youngsters. . . . Kids (and the adults who work with them) can never have too many attractive, well-written beginning readers, and this trio of cuties is a welcome addition to the genre." - BCCB

"A wonderful introduction to the comic book format for early readers and prereaders, and an entertainingly silly trio of stories, to boot." - Booklist

"Bright colors, heavy outlines, and minimal backgrounds keep viewers' attentions focused on simple action and the interaction between the characters . . . Fresh and funny; a welcome addition to the easy-reader shelf." - The Horn Book Magazine

"A sweet, visually striking story of friendship and acceptance." —starred review, Booklist on BE A FRIEND

"Yoon's cute, boldly lined characters and graphic compositions tell the story in a series of spots, full-page images, and thought bubbles. This picture book, like many before it, proves that love comes in many forms." —Booklist on PENGUIN AND PINECONE

"Crisp illustrations that capture a genuinely loving heart . . . a strong if whimsical choice for those separated from loved ones." —Kirkus Reviews on PENGUIN AND PINECONE

"Yoon's story of an unlikely interspecies friendship is both funny and sweet . . . let's hope that, as the Antarctic Ambassador of Friendship, Penguin, too, shall return in more adventures." —Horn Book on PENGUIN ON VACATION

"Readers will respond to this warm tale of finding love." —Kirkus Reviews on PENGUIN IN LOVE

"A thoughtful, flawlessly executed exploration of theory of mind and emotional intelligence." —starred review, Publishers Weekly on FOUND

Salina Yoon

Salina Yoon is an award-winning author/illustrator of nearly 150 books for children, such as Penguin and Pinecone, Penguin on Vacation, Penguin in Love, Penguin and Pumpkin, Penguin's Big Adventure, Penguin's Christmas Wish, Found, Stormy Night, Bear's Big Day, and Be a Friend, as well as the Duck, Duck, Porcupine chapter book series--including the Geisel Honor winner My Kite is Stuck!. She studied art and design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and now lives in San Diego with her family.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
Publication date
September 19, 2017
Duck, Duck, Porcupine Book
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV002160 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Mammals
JUV013070 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
JUV002280 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Ducks, Geese, Etc.
Library of Congress categories
Brothers and sisters

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