The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse
“You never know what you may find in a wolf.” When a mouse gets gobbled up by a wolf, he discovers that it’s not as bad as he thought. For inside that wolf lives a duck. It’s a very playful story, with a bit of absurdity about the story that’s truly delightful. The duck has created this home inside the wolf’s belly and considers it so much a home that it and the mouse jump out of the wolf to save it from a hunter and then ask to be gobbled up again. They no longer live in fear, instead they feel safe because now they don’t have to be afraid to be gobbled up by a wolf. The fable is true to nature with talking animals, a moral to the story, and is lots of fun as the duck manipulates the wolf into swallowing things that it needs for its home and they give it a stomachache by dancing. The illustrations capture that perfect fairy-tale feeling, with dark hues and warm colors. Lively and fun, The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse is a fable brought to life, with clear inspiration from well-known tales, and is the perfect read for small children.
Mac Barnett • Jon Klassen, Illustrator