“Monkey and Duck Quack Up!” by Jennifer Hamburg, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham. Scholastic, 2015. $17.99.
Vivacious Monkey wants to win a rhyming contest with his partner the laid-back Duck. He soon hits a snag, however, when he realizes that the only word Duck says is “quack.”
Not to be deterred, Monkey manages to win the contest using only words that rhyme with quack, and the two friends are off to enjoy their prize, a three-day cruise.
Fotheringham’s digital cartoon illustrations offset the fun story nicely. The orange and yellow animals pop over a monochromatic background of green, blue or purple.
Children will enjoy the rhyming and undoubtedly participate in the quacking. Yet, it is the ending that draws the biggest laugh as Monkey says, “The two of us, we have a knack. / Don’t you agree?” and Duck says, “Let’s get some ice cream.”
Hamburg’s picture book is an entertaining read-aloud for children ages 3 to 7.
— Brittany Hart, New Orleans