Duck Duck Moose
Allen & Unwin, 2019
32pp., hbk., RRP $A19.99
Two ducks with attitude are making their way through the forest when suddenly they encounter Moose…
To tell the rest of the story would not only spoil it but would also just be my interpretation of the sparse text juxtaposed against the fabulous illustrations which contain all the action and expressions, the problem and its solution.
This is one of those books that is perfect for encouraging littlies to read both the words and the pictures and tell their own story, and even though Australian children might not be familiar with a moose there is no mistaking what it is and its impact on the ducks. With the endpapers being an integral part of the story, it really does encourage interaction with the whole book and provides so much scope for language development, not just reading.
So, as well as being perfect for littlies, it is also rich enough in its story for being one for those who are learning English as a new language to also engage with. Apart from interpreting the story itself, there is scope to talk about the expressions and emotions, so perfectly portrayed in the illustrations and which are universal.
A true picture book where every element is interdependent and the key link between them is the reader and their imagination.