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The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse

Written by Mac Barnett

Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Early Years Key Stage 1

LoveReading View on The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse

Although this may seem an unlikely premise, in the hands of this award-winning partnership this subversive humorous tale shows what cooperation can achieve!

UKLA Longlist Book Awards - 2019 | Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2019

Award-winning duo, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen are beloved for their trade mark dark humour in which nasty things happen and some unexpected results follow. Here, the Mouse is swallowed by the Wolf. But being swallowed by the Wolf turns out not to be such a bad thing after all. The Mouse finds the Duck is already comfortably at home in the Wolf’s stomach and soon the pair are happy improving their dark but cosy home – with the unwitting help of the Wolf. After all, as the Duck says, “I live well. I may have been swallowed, but I have no intention of being eaten.” As ever, Barnett and Klassen amusingly provoke readers to question apparent truths. 

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse Synopsis

When a woeful mouse is swallowed up by a wolf, he quickly learns he is not alone: a duck has already set up digs, and, boy, has that duck got it figured out! Turns out it's pretty nice inside the belly of the beast - there's delicious food, elegant table settings and, best of all, dancing. And there's something more: no more fear of being eaten by a wolf! Life's not so bad, considering the alternatives. That is, until a hunter shows up...

With a nod to traditional fables and a wink to the reader, the award-winning Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Extra Yarn and Triangle, offer a tale of cooperation and creative cuisine that is sure to go down easy.

The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse Press Reviews

A subversive delight ... an unexpected, hilarious collaboration Guardian

Perfection on a page Daily Mail

A hilarious and surreal story [...] A witty lesson in how to make the most of disaster.   The Herald

Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett are a match made in picturebook heaven. [...] it brilliantly champions the idea of the underdog [...] A treat for adults and children alike.  The Irish Times

A deliciously dark and completely absurd story [...] Told with devilish wit and illustrated with fearsome prowess this is contemporary fable telling at its very best.  WRD magazine

The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen is a subversive delight. [...] The earthy darkness of the wolf's interior contrasts with soft shades of moonlit forest in this unexpected, hilarious collaboration.  The Guardian

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406379761
Publication date: 4th October 2018
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 40 pages
Year Groups: Early Years, Key Stage 1

About Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett is the author of several award-winning books for children, including President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, and Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, which won a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and a Caldecott Honor. Mac Barnett lives in California, USA. 

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