Duck & Penguin Do NOT Like Sleepovers


Duck & Penguin Do NOT Like Sleepovers. While Betty and Maud are best friends, excited to be spending the night in a ‘teeny weeny tiny tent’ together, it seems  their soft toy animals are not keen at all. It’s not wearing onesies or drinking fizzy pop that poses the problem; it’s more that only ‘occasionally’ can this pair be nice to each other.

While Betty and Maud are delighted to be popping up the tent and fastening the pegs, only we see what befalls Duck and Penguin. Therefore, when Betty and Maud have to pop back to the house for comfort breaks, leaving Duck and Penguin alone, we fear the worst! What will they do should they escape? Or might it be that the dark night outside the tent, and then feline eyes watching over the two, might change their plans?

Duck & Penguin Do NOT Like Sleepovers is a very funny, story rich, picture book. We love the characterisation,  story within a story, the thoughtfully coloured, ‘child-like’ accessible, sequenced pictures. Bookwagon is so happy to recommend this title and its prequel, Duck & Penguin are NOT Friends


Duck & Penguin Do NOT Like Sleepovers

Julia Woolf

(Andersen Press)– hardback

Duck & Penguin Do NOT Like Sleepovers yet it seems that they’re essential to Betty and Maud’s plans. While Betty and Maud are best friends who love spending time with each other, Duck and Penguin ‘can be nice to each other… but only occasionally’. We know this from Duck and Penguin are NOT Friends.
So when Betty and Maud plan to spend the night in a ‘teen weeny tiny tent’/ All… night… long!’ Duck and Penguin are not happy. Not only will it mean putting up the popup tent and risking ‘flying through the air’ but then there’s the possibility of ‘accidentally’ tripping over the tent ropes. We can see what’s really happening, even if Betty and Maud are oblivious!
So, what if Betty and Maud need to head into the house? Will Duck and Penguin take the time to escape? However, what if there are creatures in the night that are watching the two friends and pose danger to them both? Might the ‘teeny weeny tiny tent’ feel more appealing suddenly?
Bookwagon loves the picture books of Julia Woolf, from this series to the Not Yet, Zebra titles. There is such subtle humour included.
In Duck & Penguin Do NOT Like Sleepovers, we feel the seething resentment between Betty and Maud’s soft toy animals. Furthermore, this storytelling is rich with animation, meaning, humour and upheaval. The pictures are warm, accessible, perfectly sequenced and so much fun. (Just look at the end papers- they are close to cinema outtakes.)


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