Have You Been Naughty or Nice?

Ethan Long, Author
Ethan Long, Author . LB Kids $10.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-316-01722-0
Reviewed on: 10/26/2009
Release date: 10/01/2009

Duck, star of Tickle the Duck! and Stop Kissing Me! , is confident he's been nice. Case in point: he's baked a batch of cookies for Santa. But the steaming treats are irresistible and he noisily gobbles them up. When he realizes what he's done, he erupts into tears: “I've been a naughty duck!” The simple layout of Long's illustrations—the action takes place in a single room with a green wall, Christmas tree and fireplace—lets Duck's kinesics take center stage. An earnest apology sets him free, and readers might have their own anxieties assuaged. Ages 3–6. (Oct.)

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