Lauren Thompson works as an editor and lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband, Robert and son, Owen. Her books include Simon & Schuster's "Little Quack" series and "Mouse's First" series, and "Polar Bear Night" from Scholastic Press.
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(266mm x 264mm x 10mm)
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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US Kirkus Review »
Thompson's Mama Duck and her ducklings return in a tender tale about things that go bump in the night. As Mama Duck readies her little ones for slumber, an assortment of sights and sounds alarms them. With infinite patience, she discloses the mundane sources of the frightful occurrences, reassuring her ducklings that they are simply observing the nighttime patterns of familiar objects. When Little Quack reveals the greatest fear of tots of any species, questioning why the night is so dark, Mama's thoughtful response is bound to resonate with readers of all ages. Anderson's sumptuous full-bleed illustrations are in deep evening hues, with the acrylic medium lending a rich texture to the paintings. As always, he draws each duckling with distinctively individual flare, from daisy hairclip to punk sticky-up. Youngsters will readily identify with the ducklings' anxieties and find themselves soothed by Mama Duck's explanations. The gentle cadence of Thompson's tale coupled with Anderson's rich illustrations makes this an ideal candidate for the last story of the night. (Picture book. 2-6) (Kirkus Reviews)
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