Duck! Rabbit! – Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
In a play on a classic optical illusion, two disembodied voices argue whether a strange white animal is a duck or a rabbit. Are those ears, or a bill? Is it quacking, or sniffing the air for danger? The two voices may never agree!
Duck! Rabbit! is a beautifully simple book–it’s hard to imagine a 32-page argument about the identity of a nondescript white animal being entertaining, and yet it really is! I loved the playfulness of the two voices as they argue, and the art struck me as very playful too, simplistic while still challenging the eye and the brain to sort out the well-known optical illusion. There was just one problem–the sharp-looking lines coming from the text, marking it as speech. In comparison to the soft curves of the rest of the art, those lines were distractingly jagged, and they seemed like an afterthought. I think, design-wise, it would have been better to either make the text be inside speech bubbles or have no speech indication at all. It’s a pretty small problem, though, and overall the cleverness of the art and the text won me over on this one! A definite four stars.