for Duck & Company by Kathy Caple
Duck and Rat have been running Duck & Company bookshop forever. But that does not mean that things are always running smoothly. In five short chapters, Duck and Rat deal with a host of challenges, from questionable customer requests to how to appeal to children to falling asleep on the job. Cat wants a cookbook for cooking rats (!), but Duck convinces him that a carrot cookbook will help make his fur shinier. (Rat hides under the desk.) A menagerie of young mice, rabbits, turtles, frogs, and rats beg Duck to play the guitar and do magic during story hour. Rat tells Duck to wing it and so Duck lies down, doing his best “dead duck” trick. As the duo close up shop for the night, Duck comments how quickly days go by in the shop. “I guess time just flies when you’re doing what you love,” Rat replies. Fans of quirky humor will appreciate these short episodes from the bookshop Duck & Company. (Ages 4–7)
CCBC Choices 2008. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2008. Used with permission.