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Duck at the Door

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,045 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
One winter night, a cozy house full of animals is awakened by a knock at the front door. They have no idea what they'll find on the other side, and Max the duck is the last thing they expect. Soon this larger-than-life houseguest is making himself at home—and forcing his way into the hearts of his reluctant hosts.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by Festival
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Jan 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Humorous tale of a duck who wants to experience winter and stays behind when his flock flies south. But, um, he realizes that winter is COLD!!! And snowy!!! What's he to do! He knocks at the door of a cozy looking house and finds it is already quite full of animals and their very kind human who offers to take him in and he certainly shakes things up a bit. Will they be eager to have him leave come spring... or will they perhaps miss him just a little?
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Max is a duck who was born in the middle of Spring. He thought he would like Winter just as much, so he did not fly south with his flock when Winter began. In the midst of a snowstorm in December, Max strays onto the porch of pet owner, Irene. In desperation, Max knocks on the door.

Irene opens the door and is very surprised to see a duck on her doorstep in December. She lets Max stay with her, and her pets, for the Winter months. Max is introduced to modern lifestyles like cooking and televisio
Thu Nguyen
As reading this children book, it actually reminds me of the relationship among people. When we have someone around, we dont value them, and when they're gone, we feel missing something. Max in this book is the same. He does things differently, and it may feel a little annoying. But when he left, everybody in the house misses him. "it's better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not."
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-books-read
Duck knocks on the door of a houseful of assorted animals. They are fearful of what may be on the other side of the door so they get Irene up to answer the door. Duck stays the winter since he missed flying south with his flock.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Decent book about missing someone who is gone. Some creative story points. Overall unimpressive.
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Kayla Lazenby
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Picture
Awards: Duck at the Door and Duck Soup - New York Times Bestseller; chosen by Kohl’s in 2010 for Kohl’s Cares for Kids Campaign (special edition printing with plush toys of Max and Duck and Brody the Dog)
Duck Soup - Oprah Winfrey's Book Club for Kids List, Bank Street Best Children’s Book,
Duck at the Door - an Indie Bound Top Ten Pick
No Sleep for the Sheep - Bank Street Best Children's Book, Texas 2x2 Reading List
Grandma Lena's Big 'Ol Turnip - Aesop Accolades
Many of
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
While I love picture books, the cost of stocking your child’s library with hardback books is prohibitive. They make good gifts and are perfect gets from the library for children of all ages. Sometimes you can even find hardback books as special promotions at department stores during holidays. That’s how the Duck at the Door came to our house. Paying five dollars for a book like this is such a treat. I hadn’t read any of the Duck books by Jackie Urbanovic, but I was pleasantly surprised by a cute ...more
Oct 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
In this story, Eve Bunting writes of a duck that chooses not to fly south with his flock for the winter. He moves into a home and learns to live as if he was human: watching TV, cooking meals. Although the owner of the house and the pets like Duck at first, they start to get irritated when he gets a little too comfortable. Right when they can't take it anymore, Duck's flock comes back for the warm weather and Ducks returns to live with his flock. The pets and woman are left alone in the house un ...more
Mar 02, 2010 added it
Shelves: pbgs-2-picture
Knock! Knock, who is at the door so late at night. A family of animals decides to take in this duck for the winter but have no idea how their lives will change by this decision.

The illustrator uses dark to not only show nighttime but to show mystery and suspense. It is dark in the house when the knock comes at the door and again to show sadness when the duck goes back to his flock. The illustrator outlines all of the drawings in black and then uses deep colors to color them in. This makes the an
Gordon Pennington
Dec 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Irene has many pets in her house. On a cold winter night, the pets hear a knocking at the door. There is a duck at the door. Irene lets him inside. He tells them his name is Max. He stayed behind when his flock flew south because he thought he would love winter. He was wrong-it was too cold and too lonely. Irene decided to let him stay through winter. He had a lot of learning to do. He did not know how to live in a house. The other animals teach him the basics after he has messed up quite a bit. ...more
Eva Leger
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: julias-books
Duck at the Door is super, super cute. I doubt anyone could find many kids who wouldn't like this story. The illustrations match the story perfectly, as do the characters, human and non-human. The duck is beyond cool. Not to mention Irene. She's beyond cool also.
I don't know if all kids daydream about having a home like Irene's but I'm positive my daughter does. I know this because she's asked, begged, pleaded, conned, and just about anything else you can think of you try to get her way. She se
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
One winter night, a mysterious knock wakes all the animals of the house up. Panicking, they rush to ask Irene (the owner, apparently) to find out what it is. Sleepily, she finds it's a duck and brings him in to warm up. Max tells his story of how he hates winter, but also doesn't like traveling. Max turns out to be a bit domineering, so everyone is glad when his flock returns from down south. Unfortunately, they learn they actually enjoyed Max's cooking and remote control hogging, and are thrill ...more
Jennifer Velez
This book is about a duck named Max. Max knocked at a door and they opened the door and they welcomed him in. He had stayed behind from his flock, because he thought he would love winter. He stayed at that home for the winter and started to get comfortable. Soon enough he was getting too comfortable that the rest of the animals didn't want him there anymore. His flock came back and he left with them this time. They all started to miss Max, when all of a sudden it was October and they heard a kno ...more
Beyond the Pages
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Duck at the Door was a delightful book. It told the story of Max, a lone duck who stayed behind when his friends flew south for the winter. Filled with colorful illustrations and character lines, this story charmed both me and my children.

What I loved:

Facing a cold season with no warmth was not for Max, so he went to Irene's house and decided to knock. The knock led to many new experiences and introduced him to a number of new friends.

Max returned to his first home, but he did not forget his n
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Knock, knock...thunk...creak...who is at the door? It's so cold outside and all the inside animals are wondering who would brave such a cold night....Let's go ask, Irene!

It's Max, the duck. You see, he stayed behind as his flock flew south. He thought he'd like winter just as well as summer, but he didn't realize it would be cold and lonely. Max stays and contributes (?) to the family, remote hogging, taking baths with Irene, and generally making a nuisance of himself. When it
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My first graders love me to read this aloud, because they can relate with the problems that Duck causes to the family he decides to winter with when his flock flies south. I always point out how Duck sleeps on Brody, and have them imagine how uncomfortable they would be if someone slept on them. Then we talk about why the others are missing Duck when he goes. They love the pictures, and really get into the story. The little bit of suspense at the end when Duck leaves always pulls them in and get ...more
Feb 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Wanting to experience winter, Duck decides to stay behind while the rest of the flock flies south. Surprised to find that it is so cold, Duck knocks on Irene’s door and finds a home for the winter with all of her other animals. The story follows Duck as he, and his fellow housemates, learn to adjust for the winter with a duck in the house. Full page cartoon styled illustrations with their bright basic colors pop right out of this charming the book. Duck and the rest of the animals in Irene’s hou ...more
Hye Eun
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny, animal
A duck knocks at the door on one cold winter day. The family lets the duck in and duck fits right in. However, he started to take over the house by making a mess, taking total control of the remote etc. Other animals were getting annoyed and was happy when the duck finally left in spring. When the duck left, the animals felt empty and missed the duck. The duck came back and everyone was happy. Children can learn to appreciate their friends and family. You can talk about how sometimes you sibling ...more
Brittney Tuttle
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Duck at the Door is a story with a comical character. The settings and characters within this book remind me a lot of the Pigeon from Mo Willem's picturebooks. The storyline has a large amount of dialogue integrated throughout, and the situations are realistic portrayals of the human world. Students are able to relate to the story from a safe and fictional perspective. This book is part of a series for younger grades, and would be a great addition to the classroom. Concepts related to character ...more
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book would capture the interest of many young readers and those who are not quite reading as well. The little duck lost its way during the winter and found a home with a lady who has so many different kinds of pets (dogs, cats, rabbits, birds). When the duck made his self at home many things had to change in order to accomodate him. This book is a great way to teach about sharing and caring. When the duck left for spring the animals felt lonely. We must value our surroundings and appreciate ...more
Paula Heller
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a book for children of all ages, because it teaches them the importance of family and friends. The book shows you that family and friends can at times get on your nerves, but no matter what you will always love them and be happy to see them again especially when you haven't seen them in awhile. Family is always welcomed at the door; the loud duck at the door symbolizes a family member for children. This book also teaches children how to share and respect others in the same household or ...more
Amy Schmitz
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a humorous story about a duck named Max who finds warmth in a home filled with animals. At first the animals are very welcoming to their new friend; however, as Max begins to make himself at home they start to get annoyed. The animals are relieved when Max finally decides to leave but soon realizes that they miss having their friend around. This story would be good for teaching the hard times friends go through. Friends are not always happy with each other but in the end true friends sta ...more
Zequoia Hyche
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family
Such a nice story, that includes very detailed illustrations and a little bit of humor that can keep any reader's attention and an awesome message. I loved how the book can teach us about acceptance, ducks, and what if feels like to make new friends and then potentially leave them. Many children make new friends due to different circumstances. These circumstances might put them in an uncomfortable position; however they gradually will or could make friends and become used to it. Suddenly, time h ...more
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It's about a duck who decided not to fly south for winter and the family he stays with while his flock is away. Just as he is getting comfortable, his flock returns and he goes back with them. His new family missed him and at the end of the story, he returned.... with his flock in tow. I put this on the "circular text" shelf because in the beginning, he knocks at the door during winter and then at the end he does the same thing except he has brought his entire flock alo ...more
Katrina Kim
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it

* Focus on the letter "D"
* Introduces onomatopoeia...knocks at the door
* Read this book to have a discussion about the unstated mannerism of being a host or guest
* Read when there are students that get ignored or tolerated by the rest of the class; demonstrates how the hosts were ignoring Max because they were annoyed, but then they missed him when he left...
* There's an underlining message of "you never know what you have until it's gone".....discuss how we should treat others even if they are
Jun 23, 2011 added it
What a cute book! It's nominated for the 2012 Monarch Award in Illinois. Since I am not a super fan of winter myself, I could identify with the main character, Max. Max didn't join his flock when they migrated for the winter, so he was stuck in a wintery not-so-wonderland. With the help of his new friends however, he makes the best of it, and discovers he has a flair for cooking. Hmmm, perhaps something I should throw myself into over the cold winter months. :) Anyway. Read this book, you'll lik ...more
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: school-books

A fun and happy story that shows the importance of friendship and acceptance. A cute story to read as the warm weather fades and it is getting closer to fall. Readers will like hearing about Duck and all the crazy things he does. The storyline appeals to a variety of readers and the illustrations are artfully drawn. You feel a part o the story with the clear and crisp illustrations drawn throughout the story.

3 words to describe this book : duck, seasons, friendship
Jan 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Max the duck is an annoying houseguest. But when he finally leaves, the house becomed very dull and boring! Max is a funny character, and kids will laugh at his antics. They will want to read more about him, too. (Duck and Cover, Duck Soup)
The story of a duck that decides not to fly south for the winter because he likes it where he is until it starts to get cold and snow. A family of different animals decides to take him in for the winter until the duck has taken over every activity that goes on in the house and the other animals are tired of his antics. A colorful picture book that is a great read aloud for children pre K-3rd grade.
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