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Book Review: Tickle the Duck, by Ethan Long (Little, Brown, 2005)

tickle the duckRecommended for ages 2-5

A cranky duck warns the reader not to tickle him – not to tickle his stomach, his foot, or under his wing – but really enjoys it when you do. Textured spots on each page add an additional dimension for young readers.

This 2006 Bulletin Blue Ribbon winner features a duck, reminiscent of a child who demands not to be tickled, only to shriek with laughter when tickled. It becomes a game, just as it does with this story. The story begins and ends with the endpapers, making use of every bit of space the book has to offer, and the different, touchable textures on duck’s body are exciting for younger, more tactile readers. The cartoon artwork and the big, colorful fonts will appeal to readers. The artwork is boldly drawn and outlined in black; the colors are simple – blue-gray, yellow, orange, and white – but stand out. The book could provide a fun laugh-out-loud read-aloud with an enthusiastic leader.

There are four books in the Duck series: Tickle the Duck!; Stop Kissing Me; Duck’s Afraid of the Dark; and Have You Been Naughty or Nice?

The author’s website offers more information about his books.



I'm a mom, a children's librarian, bibliophile, and obsessive knitter. I'm a pop culture junkie and a proud nerd, and favorite reads usually fall into Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I review comics and graphic novels at WhatchaReading ( I'm also the co-founder of On Wednesdays We Wear Capes (, where I discuss pop culture and geek fandom from a female point of view.

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