A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Friends deal with bragging.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book about relationships has nothing offensive for young readers.
Is It Any Good?
This sequel to Duck & Goose takes a developmental leap ahead of its predecessor. Duck and Goose have more rounded, more specific characters, and there's more of a plot to follow. So most 2- and 3-year-olds who were fans of the first book may not appreciate this one right away.
Thistle is chatty, bossy, and very competitive; she pushes Goose around and asserts her authority by turning everything into a contest that she's going to win. Any kid who has spent time on the playground or at preschool will be able to identify with one of the three in this story. And just like real life, the final resolution isn't a neatly tied up happy ending -- there's definitely room for more in the series. Hills retains his richly colorful illustrative style here, and his characters' personalities are effectively conveyed in their facial expressions and body language.
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