Bold, munificent colours saturate the page, with animals rotund and lively, their hand lettered animal sounds seamlessly blending into a flawless rhyming text. Readers are taken on a hilarious jaunt as these animals negotiate and encourage Duck to say the right thing, anticipation and humour building with each page turn. The little duck plucks at the heartstrings by being true to itself, and challenging our assumptions.
'Duck Goes Meow' distills all the elements of a great picture book into a celebration of the unexpected, with a conclusion that surprises the animals and readers alike.
Winner of the Picture Book category in the 2023 New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults
Tulip was famous in her neighbourhood for two reasons: 1. She was a fearless adventurer. 2. She went everywhere with a seriously strange sidekick - a potato, called Doug!
Carla Martell's illustrations are super fun and vibrant, hitting that right spot between current and not-too-likely-to-date-too-soon - not always an easy feat. The design makes good use of each whole double-page spread but plays around with the ways that it does so, and Carla plays with perspective in ways that really pull you into the story and give it dimension.
Briar Lawry | The Sapling
Carla Martell's illustrations are adorable, reminding me of another favourite artist, Oliver Jeffers. The colours are vibrant and pop off the page. The view of adventureland, at least Tulip's, is spectacular.
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