The Wolf The Duck & The Mouse


There is a sense of traditional story telling, almost Tomi Ungerer like, in ‘The Wolf The Duck & The Mouse‘. The repetition of the ‘O woe is me’ phrase reminds me of the folk tale ‘Molly Whuppie’. Yet, this story is entirely Mac Barnett’s and Jon Klassen’s own. As with their previous collaborations, it is completely original, unique from its predecessors and the works of others.

The duck discovers a fine-living mouse within the wolf that has eaten him. Together the two inhabitants conspire against the wolf, and then, as the wolf is wracked by the painful activity of the gruesome twosome deep in his belly, the captor becomes captive.

Darkly imaginative, funny and surprising, this is a surefire winning title, recommended as a captivating bedtime read, a story that will blend into folklore itself, ideal for readers aged from 5 or 6 years.


The Wolf The Duck & The Mouse

Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

(Walker Books)- hardback

Early one morning a duck is discovered by a wolf and is ‘quickly gobbled up.’ That is only the beginning. This is an amusing, ‘Three Robbers’ type of story that will entrance and amuse all readers, aged from 4 or 5 years, to adult.


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