Review Detail

 
Kids Fiction
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

A fun read-aloud about friendship

The third Duck and Bear book, Come Home Already! explores the need for a balance between alone time and social time. When Bear decides to go on a solo camping and fishing trip, Duck is beside himself with boredom and loneliness. Bear, meantime, is finding his solitary time to be less idyllic than he’d imagined. Duck decides to head out in search of his neighbor and the two surprise each other in the woods.

This story fits into the tradition of friendship pairs common in books for preschool and early elementary children where one friend is exuberant, outgoing, and impulsive, while the other is introverted, easily annoyed, and organized. Like books such as those in the Frog and Toad and Elephant and Piggie series, John and Davies’ story makes for a humorous read-aloud, one which children and adults alike will enjoy rereading.

There were a few questions that came up which distracted me from the storyline. For instance, when Duck realizes Bear is gone, he breaks into Bear’s house and entertains himself with a number of Bear’s things. However, as he lists what he can do to pass the time, he says, “I’ll play my drums!” I found myself wondering whether his drums were at Bear’s house or whether he’d gone back to his own house.

These questions aside, this is a solid story with enjoyable characters. Educators might find it a useful way to discuss the need for alone time. There is a possibility for some quite nuanced conversation, and adults can point out that when Duck and Bear do finally reconnect, Duck makes things both better and worse for Bear. On the whole, this book is worth a read, and most likely, a reread!

Good Points
humorous dialogue
relatable characters
Was this review helpful to you? 

Comments

 
 
Ordering 
 
Already have an account? or Create an account
 
 
 
Powered by JReviews

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

The Queen's Rising
Grave Mercy meets Red Queen in this epic debut fantasy,...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Game Change
Seventeen-year-old Zeb Holloway is happy to work in his...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Wilder Legacy
The life of a Guardian is a dangerous one,...
 
4.8
 
5.0 (1)
The Stars Beneath Our Feet
It’s Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Keeper - Matefinder Next Generation Book 1
Anya has inherited her mother's gift. Born in a...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Spies Like Me
Can she bring these girls together? When she discovers...
 
4.8
 
0.0 (0)
Royal Bastards
Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father,...
 
4.0
 
4.0 (2)
Before I Let Go
Days before Corey is to return home to the...
 
5.0
 
5.0 (1)
Growing Friendships: A Kids' Guide to Making and Keeping Friends
From psychologist and children's friendships expert Eileen Kennedy-Moore and parenting...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Sword and Scion 01: Into the Dark Mountains
How lost one feels when his own character remains a...
 
0.0
 
4.9 (2)
The Pirates of Brisa (Wyrms of Pasandir #2)
When young Eskandar leaves his ship with the tough broomrider...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Building a Trade Empire (Wyrms of Pasandir #4)
Trade had been Shaw’s life, her dream, her future –...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Journeys: Young Readers’ Letters to Authors Who Changed Their Lives
Books can change lives — and here are more than...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Moonlight Meeting: The Nocturnals
In The Moonlight Meeting, Tobin, a sweet pangolin, Bismark, a...
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Hidden Kingdom: The Nocturnals Book 4
A group of veiled creatures--a chameleon, stick bugs and assorted...
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
In Sight of Stars
Seventeen-year-old Klee’s father was the center of his life. He...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)

Latest Member Reviews

Fallout
 
4.0
"What if the Cuban Missile Crisis had ended in a Soviet nuclear strike against the US? What if your..."
 
3.0
"A few popular kids in a rich high school disappeared. Is somebody out there set to make the rich and..."
 
4.0
"Str-S-d: Ill begin with Lucy. She is definitely first on the list. You cant believe how it feels to be..."
 
3.0
"Reader reviewed by Alisha In the Wave Mr. Ross starts a club with the students to communicate easier with each..."
Stolen Kisses, Secrets, and Lies (Mob Princess #2)
 
5.0
"Reader reviewed by bookworm Kate is so awesome. I love her character. She is so sweet. Randi really needs to..."
Stolen Kisses, Secrets, and Lies (Mob Princess #2)
 
5.0
"Reader reviewed by Alexis I love this book. The Blessing and the Blatattrias Organizations are at it again. ..."
 
4.0
"Reader reviewed by lilponyrider4564 This book is about a teacher who conductes an experiment. This experiment is about how it..."
Stolen Kisses, Secrets, and Lies (Mob Princess #2)
 
4.0
"Kate Blessing life as the daughter of a mob king continues in Mob Princess: Stolen Kisses, Secrets, and Lies. This..."
Impact Zone: Cut Back
 
5.0
"Reader reviewed by audo OH EM GEEE i loved this book i am a surfie and i love a good..."
How I Changed My Life
 
5.0
"Reader reviewed by Ruby After I finished this book, my adittude towards other people and myself changed. It was a..."
Impact Zone: Take Off
 
5.0
"Reader reviewed by KW Take Off, along with the rest of the series, was an amazing book. I couldn't help..."
Impact Zone: Cut Back
 
5.0
"Reader reviewed by KW This was another great book by Todd Strasser. It is the sequil to Impact Zone -..."
Impact Zone: Take Off
 
2.0
"Reader reviewed by kai the book is really interesting. it gives a more in sight to surfing ang surfers. the..."
 
2.0
"Reader reviewed by sara this book was a little funny but it was as good as the other ones like..."
Can't Get There from Here
 
4.0
"Reader reviewed by librariane Maybe is a street kidshes run away from an abusive homelife and is now part of..."
 
5.0
"Reader reviewed by Stephanie This book was funny. The main characters are Andy, Josh, Barry, Mrs. Rogers, Jake(narrator), and Principal..."
Impact Zone: Take Off
 
4.0
"Honestly, I didn't think I'd like this book much. I keep an open mind, but I am not a surfer,..."
 
5.0
"Reader reviewed by fleming Haunting at Home Plate was a great book. I personally thought it wasn't scary until..."
 
4.0
"Reader reviewed by Maria Kim There was one boy who was watching his brother playing baseball.He fell from high tree..."
 
5.0
"Reader reviewed by erik Haunting at Home Plate is a great book about a boy who loves baseball. The thing..."