Click, Clack, Peep!

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Baby duck won't go to sleep in funny farm tale.

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Educational Value

Shows the kinds of animals that live on a farm and a tractor used there.

Positive Messages

Keep trying to get a baby to sleep and you'll find a way.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Duck finds a creative way to solve the problem. He's gentle and protective of Baby Duck and fastens her seatbelt when he takes her for a ride in the tractor.

Violence & Scariness

Duck smashes a fence, but it happens offstage -- readers only see the aftermath.

Language

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Click, Clack, Peep! by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin, is part of the series of funny picture books that began with Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. This time, it's not the usual animals who are giving Farmer Brown a hard time. New arrival Baby Duck is disturbing everyone because she won't go to sleep and keeps chirping "Peep, peep, peep!" Comic frustration, Duck's ingenious solution, and a smashed fence supply the giggles.

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What's the story?

Duck gets a package from a delivery truck wrapped in a pink bow: a small crate with an egg inside. Farmer Brown notices the animals are quiet for a change -- they're all waiting to see what hatches. It's Baby Duck! The only trouble is, she won't go to sleep, and her "Peep, peep, peep!" is keeping everyone else on the farm awake and exhausted. So Duck finally gets Baby Duck to fall asleep by driving her back and forth in the tractor, accidentally crashing though the farmer's fence in the process.

Is it any good?

Parents will relate to the common frustration spotlighted in this amusing tale -- getting a sleep-resistant kid to conk out -- and the commonly used strategy: driving the kid around till he sleeps. But young readers -- especially those with baby or toddler siblings -- will relate to how disturbing a needy, noisy infant can be and enjoy the charming illustrations and familiar characters from this popular series. And the comic crash ending with an exasperated Farmer Brown in his red long underwear offers a chuckle. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about getting to sleep. Why is it hard sometimes? 

  • Have you read Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and other books in this series? Do you like this one as much as others you've read? 

  • What's the easiest way for you to fall asleep?

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