JANE KOHUTH lives in Massachussets and is a bookseller at independent bookstore Wellesley Booksmith. Ducks Go Vroom is her first book for children. VIVIANA GAROFOLI is the illustrator of Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here! by Barbara Park. She lives in Buenos Aires.
PreS-Gr 1-This level-one reader uses rhyming words to enhance phonemic awareness. It does so with a simple story about all the things that ducks can do ("Ducks slurp/Ducks burp"). The spare text allows for little narration, but picture clues divulge that a duck family is off to visit a loving goose relative, and the day includes activities familiar to young children. The animals embrace, eat lunch, and spend a messy afternoon baking, followed by cleanup and a fond farewell. Concentrated colored backgrounds add to the visual appeal of the pages, which have either black or white text and bright cartoon illustrations. The fact that the ducks use a remote control to operate their TV and talk on a cell phone adds a contemporary touch to this otherwise timeless story. A solid choice for libraries needing entry-level readers.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.