Duck and Cover by Jackie Urbanovic
(Harper Collins Publishers January 27, 2009)
Duck and Cover is a deliciously cute story about a duck named Max and an interesting alligator named Harold.
Harold comes knocking on Max and Irene’s door begging for shelter from a zoo detective who is looking for him. Harold ate a dog and got in trouble for it, but it wasn’t his fault the dog was somebody’s pet, right? So Harold is on the run; the trouble is that with Harold’s insatiable appetite, Max and his friends are worried that if they help hide Harold they might become his next meal.
But ultimately, Max is compassionate. He knows how it feels to be in need of help and to have someone special in his life—someone like Irene, who had once helped him get through a difficult situation. So Max and his friends agree to hide Harold. As the plot thickens Max realizes how difficult the task of hiding Harold is going to be, but he perseveres and is determined to protect his new friend. He even goes as far as having everyone dress up as an alligator when the zoo detective returns in search of Harold. Let the man try and find Harold now!
Duck and Cover fits right in with the continuation of Max the duck’s adventures. His story began in Duck at the Door and continued with Duck Soup. Ms. Urbanovic is the author and illustrator of all of the Duck books.
The illustrations in this 32-page romp put a smile on the reader’s face as they complement the animals’ activities. Children of all ages will laugh at this cleverly written story and wonder what mess Duck will be getting himself into next. This hardcover picture book is great for children between the ages of 4–8.
Reviewer Renee Hand is the award-winning author of The Crypto-Capers series. Look for her upcoming release The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill, The Great Pie Catastrophe.