Rat Chat Reviews: MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS
Hi Rat Chatters!
Stanley here — along with Morris, offering up for CHAT a newly released picture book, MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS, by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Jeff Mack. Morris and I think you will not only enjoy the humor in this story geared for ages 4-8, but also appreciate its valued lessons on friendship of which, as Morris says, “we can all partake.”
According to Ms. Sauer, in one of her revealing interviews, the original concept for this story had neither a duck or a pond! She confided that after several rejections of that manuscript, she ‘tweaked’ the main character as well as changed the setting. The lady tweaked herself a hit!
Says Kirkus: “Sauer’s…disciplined duck and his rhyming hissy fits will most definitely entertain. Mack’s furry and feathered wide-eyed animals rendered in ebullient acrylic are a great match for this fine farmyard fable.”
You ‘chatters’ know the drill — watch our book chat, (hear me croon a tune on this one!), find out what Morris gives the old Cheese-O-Meter, and we’ll catch you on the other side.
Win a free copy of this charmer by leaving a comment. (Hey, how simple is that? And, F R E E Free!) The winning ‘entry’ will be selected by a non-partial and blindfolded Morris at the end of the month.
An ‘egg-gatherer’ in her Kansas youth, Tammi Sauer, former teacher and media specialist, is the award-winning author of a growing number of popular picture books, including MOSTLY MONSTERLY, illustrated by Scott Magoon, named A Scholastic Parent & Child “Best Book” for 2010; COWBOY CAMP, illustrated by Mike Reed; and the funny Elvis riff, CHICKEN DANCE, illustrated by Dan Santat. Looks like we will be treated to more laughs from those chicks Marge and Lola in the new ‘Dance’ road tour, BAWK AND ROLL coming this fall 2011. Morris and I are looking forward to chatting about that one, thank you … thank you very much. And word on the street is that a new book titled, ME WANT A PET, with illustrator Bob Shea is in the works.
The talented Jeff Mack, a self-proclaimed “pinball, robot, and haunted house lover”, is the illustrator of more than a dozen books including BOO BUNNY, written by Kathryn O. Galbraith; the BUNNICULA series by James Howe; his own HUSH LITTLE POLAR BEAR, and the newly published early-reader, HIPPO AND RABBIT.
That’s it for now — from here! Grab a copy of MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS and enjoy.