The Wolf, the Duck & the Mouse by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
A mouse and a wolf have an inauspicious encounter in the woods and it’s not giving away the plot to reveal that the mouse gets gobbled up. However, once inside the wolf’s belly, the mouse soon discovers that he is not alone. Will the mouse and his new companion be able to escape? Do they want to? An unusual story with deep philosophical implications about what it means to feel safe and secure. It is told in carefully chosen language with a humorous dark edge, often employing the vocative - ‘”Oh woe! said the hunter. “Oh death! These woods are full of evil and wraiths!”’ - switching between this and more everyday expressions.
Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen are a great team, having previously produced Extra Yarn, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Triangle in which Klassen also employed his distinctive sludgy palette. His illustrations always feature seemingly simply drawn eyes which are incredibly expressive, something readers of his own trilogy, I Want My Hat Back (a teaching sequence for this book is available on our Power of Reading subscription site), This Is Not My Hat and We Found a Hat, will recognise.