Okay I have to admit this rating may be is absolutely influenced by the fact that the cutest 7 year old in the world read it to me I was never a fan of this series I loved the Knuffle Bunny books by Mo Willems, but the look and tone of the Pigeon books never grabbed a hold of me That is until my 7 year old nephew said The Duckling Gets a Cookie was one of his favorite books Lickety split I was off to pick up a copy I had to check it out.It s a perfect read a loud book filled with fun Okay I have to admit this rating may be is absolutely influenced by the fact that the cutest 7 year old in the world read it to me I was never a fan of this series I loved the Knuffle Bunny books by Mo Willems, but the look and tone of the Pigeon books never grabbed a hold of me That is until my 7 year old nephew said The Duckling Gets a Cookie was one of his favorite books Lickety split I was off to pick up a copy I had to check it out.It s a perfect read a loud book filled with fun and energy Lots of ways to play with the words Stretch them out and stomp your feet Haha Plus a lesson on manners is slipped right in there Btw.I always remember to say please and thank you when it comes to cookies D Always HERE THERE BE SPOILERS lols 5 Things AboutThe Duckling Gets a Cookie 1 So this is one of those books where the title tells you a lot Much like Melville s classic Moby Dick, or The Whale, we are introduced to the Duckling, the counterpart to our surly captain, The Pigeon And much like Ahab s metaphysical obsession over the evil in the albino leviathan, we watch the drama unfold as the Pigeon s desires are laid out on the page, all over a cookie With nuts.2 As the series has already di HERE THERE BE SPOILERS lols 5 Things AboutThe Duckling Gets a Cookie 1 So this is one of those books where the title tells you a lot Much like Melville s classic Moby Dick, or The Whale, we are introduced to the Duckling, the counterpart to our surly captain, The Pigeon And much like Ahab s metaphysical obsession over the evil in the albino leviathan, we watch the drama unfold as the Pigeon s desires are laid out on the page, all over a cookie With nuts.2 As the series has already dictated, the Pigeon is a very persuasive character He wastes no time explaining to the audience how he s asked for much in his life Has he ever gotten it Of course not And it s easy to relate to his desperation How often are we forced to watch as others have things handed to them, and despite our work, despite our words, we are ignored 3 I was mightily impressed by the flow of the story It s easy to get over burdened by dialogue heavy narratives, but we hit all the major aspects of the three act plotline in a pretty short time Duckling gets cookie, Pigeon is made aware of cookie, andwell, I won t give it all away But trust me you can get through this of an afternoon.4 I was very surprised by the twist ending This second appearance of the Duckling made me think I had it all figured out here was a foul foil set up to make the Pigeon look like the flawed character that he is Not so, dear reader, not so The Duckling plays the Pigeon and the reader, and Fate bearing cookies for the fools they are Oh yes, ducklings do get everything.5 I d like a walrus, too The lesson here never take yourself too seriously to enjoy fun books After reading Mo Willems classic Pigeon books, As we begin to wrap up our holiday, Neo has discovered another of Mo Willems s classic series The Pigeon is a sneaky bird and quite self centred When he discovers that the duckling has received a cookie with nuts by just asking, he goes on a rampage He is surely one of the most asking est birds around town Thehe rants, the sillier he looks and the duckling decides to make a peace offering Pigeon cannot believe it, but will not look a gift duckling in the bill, so to say Neo loved As we begin to wrap up our holiday, Neo has discovered another of Mo Willems s classic series The Pigeon is a sneaky bird and quite self centred When he discovers that the duckling has received a cookie with nuts by just asking, he goes on a rampage He is surely one of the most asking est birds around town Thehe rants, the sillier he looks and the duckling decides to make a peace offering Pigeon cannot believe it, but will not look a gift duckling in the bill, so to say Neo loved the book, particularly because Pigeon was in the middle of the action and there was a cookie I m the asking est pigeon in the town Wow I love this series so much An object lesson Many parents who read aloud to their children may finds themselves one day wondering when, exactly, that fell by the wayside It can be a gradual thing, having trouble choosing a book everyone wants, finding the time away from homework, and showers, and music practice, and dance classes But what I learned last night is, it doesn t have to be There was a new Mo Willems book on display at the library Of course, I picked it up Adults and older children who aren t reading Willem An object lesson Many parents who read aloud to their children may finds themselves one day wondering when, exactly, that fell by the wayside It can be a gradual thing, having trouble choosing a book everyone wants, finding the time away from homework, and showers, and music practice, and dance classes But what I learned last night is, it doesn t have to be There was a new Mo Willems book on display at the library Of course, I picked it up Adults and older children who aren t reading Willems are really missing something last observed in Calvin and Hobbes The art is so simple, so spare, so casual looking, that it may take you a moment to realize what incredible skill went into drawing so effortlessly perfect characters There is a pigeon, beady eyed and aggressive There is a duckling, with enormous blue eyes and adorable feet Go ahead, you try it with a few lines and see what monsters you create I ll wait..I know, it s hard I sat there on the sofa, rooting through my bag of loot from the library trawl, casually stacking everything beside me, face up the children, loathe to start their going to bed rituals, lingered and looked on And then I just whipped out The Duckling, held it in the traditional story time open fashion, and started reading I hadn t left the title page before Natasha had jumped in, lending her patented cute toddler voice to the Duckling.So we read And we laughed It wasn t any time at all, less than five minutes, but all three of us were utterly delighted It was a charming moment, and who doesn t needof those on school and work nights Just because my 13 and 10 year old daughters aren t inclined to be seen checking out picture books themselves, doesn t mean they won t love them.Thus ends the lesson.Library copy These books are so fun to read aloud. Much to the chagrin of Pigeon, little Duckling uses very polite manners to request a cookie, and actually gets one Filled with righteous fury, Pigeon loses his temper and complains bitterly about this terrible state of affairs However, things aren t what they seem, and Duckling has a secret plan Part of the bestselling Pigeon series by genius children s book author and illustrator Mo Willems Awww ducking is a sweetheart. No help needed politely, iceberg, asking, ducklingsHelp needed walrus, count, pigeon, especially, another