Click, Clack, Surprise!

Illustrated by Betsy Lewin
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About The Book

Little Duck learns how to celebrate his birthday with a little help from all the other animals on the farm in this charming picture book from the award-winning duo, Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

Happy first birthday, Little Duck!

Everyone wants to look their best for the party. But Little Duck has never had a birthday before—so how better to learn how to prepare than to do what all the other animals do! The sheep trim their wool—so Little Duck trims her feathers. The pigs need a mud bath—so Little Duck quish and quashes, too. All over the barnyard Little Duck snips, slurps, squishes, and shimmy shakes herself ready until...WHOOPS! It’s party picture time—and Little Duck is a big mess. No matter—it’s not something Farmer Brown’s frosted maple cake can’t fix!

About The Author

Photograph (c) Doreen Cronin

Doreen Cronin is the author of The Chicken Squad series, Cyclone, and many other New York Times bestselling picture books, including Click, Clack, Surprise!Click, Clack, Ho, Ho, HoClick, Clack, PeepClick, Clack, Boo!Dooby Dooby MooThump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky AdventureBounceWiggleDuck for PresidentGiggle, Giggle, QuackBloom; and the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at DoreenCronin.com.

About The Illustrator

Betsy Lewin is the Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and its sequels, Click, Clack, Surprise!; Click, Clack, Ho, Ho, Ho; Click, Clack, Peep; Click, Clack, Boo!; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Duck for President; Dooby Dooby Moo; and Thump, Quack, Moo; in addition to a number of other picture books, including So, What’s It Like to Be a Cat? and Where Is Tippy Toes? She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (September 2016)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481470315
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD400L

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Raves and Reviews

In this addition to the series that began with Click, Clack, Moo, it’s Little Duck’s birthday, and the farm animals are busy getting ready. Cronin merrily describes their preparations in repeating language (“The chickens take a dust bath to look their best. They shimmy-shake, shimmy-shake, shimmy-shake clean”), but the real fun comes as Little Duck mimics each animal, getting frizzier, dustier, and muddier in the process. Lewin adeptly portrays the story’s physical comedy in swoopy mixed-media scenes that build to a “Happy Birthday to... ewww!” finale. It’s goofy birthday fun that will probably have some readers shimmy-shaking and slurp-a-lurping along with the animals. Ages 4–8.

– Publishers Weekly, August 8, 2016

Farmer Brown’s barnyard animals are still going strong in the series that started with the hilarious Click,
Clack, Moo (2000). Once again the action in the barnyard comes to life with endearingly wacky pen, ink,
and watercolor illustrations and fun-on-the-tongue word combinations (like slurp-a-lurp and snippety-clip
). It’s Little Duck’s first birthday, and the farm is abuzz with preparations. Little Duck really wants to
shine, so he imitates the grooming of the other animals. Things start off well with Big Duck, who rub-adubs
clean in a bubble bath in one of Farmer Brown’s buckets. But when the sheep trim their wool, Little
Duck shears his own feathers; and his imitation of the chickens’ dust bath leaves him a mess. The pattern
continues until Little Duck arrives, thoroughly disheveled, at his party to a chorus of “Happy Birthday to .
. . ewww!” It’s no surprise that the wordplay, repetition, and silly situations created by Cronin and Lewin
make for another fantastic read-aloud in the Click, Clack, Moo cannon.
— Connie Fletcher

– Booklist online, October 6, 2016

In the 11th “Click, Clack” book by Cronin and Lewin, Farmer Brown and the animals are preparing for Little Duck’s birthday party. Once the cake is baked, the decorations hung, and the games chosen, the animals focus on spiffing themselves up for the event. In turn, the duck, sheep, cat, chickens, and pigs “rub-a-dub,” “snippity-clip,” “slurp-a-lurp,” “shimmy-shake,” and “squish and squash” clean. Little Duck follows their example, ending with a dust bath and a roll in a mud puddle. Readers are likely to get caught up in the onomatopoeic fun and may be inspired by Lewin’s energetic watercolors to wiggle, shake, and strut along with the animals. VERDICT Sure to be a lively storytime read-aloud. Recommended for most picture book collections.

– School Library Journal, November 2016

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