The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse

This is a story about a mouse, and how he got swallowed up by a wolf, and who he met down in its belly, and what happened after that.

Details The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse

TitleThe Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse
Release DateOct 10th, 2017
PublisherCandlewick Press
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Animals, Humor, Fiction

Reviews The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse

  • Whispering Stories
    Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.comOne day a wolf found a mouse and gobbled him up. When the mouse reached the wolf’s stomach, he discovered that he wasn’t alone, there was a duck asleep in bed.Duck was surprised to see Mouse, as much as Mouse was surprised to see Duck. It did not take the two long to become good friends. The two of them cooked together, ate wonderful meals together and had fun. However, all their fun made the wol...
  • Hilary
    Jon Klassen is a much better illustrator than author and works well with Mac Barnett. This is a funny story, I wasn't expecting to like this, it starts with a mouse getting eaten by a wolf. I thought that this was going to be one of those teach-you-a-lesson books but as soon as the mouse reaches the wolf's stomach it finds a duck living there, complete with kitchen, table, chairs and record player, you realise the tone of the book is happy and fu...
  • Odette Knappers
    Een prachtig verhaal! Heerlijk! Bijzonder getekend, maar wel een beetje donker en duister voor kinderen misschien.
  • Mathew
    Utterly bonkers in the very best way. What would you do if you were a little mouse who had found himself swallowed by a wolf? Despair of course! But fear not, for there's a friendly duck sat there in the belly of beast...and he owns a vintage turntable to boot. As with all of those collaborations between Barnett and Klassen so much of the humour comes from knowing that they both know something that we can't quite put our finger on. Unlike the Hat...
  • Rian *fire and blood*
    The duck and mouse are shenanigans incarnate.
  • Laura Harrison
    An absolutely gorgeous picture book. Good story that I wish was a little longer. Is it Caldecott worthy? You bet it is!
  • Christie Angleton
    I had the EXTREME PRIVILEGE of hearing the author and illustrator read this book at NCTE 2017. Magnificent artists sharing a work of genius.
  • Prince William Public Library System
    How does Mac Barnett find the time to keep cranking out such great material? The Wolf, The Duck, and The Mouse is his fifth picture book of this year alone. Five books in one year?!?!?! That’s crazy prolific! And this one is probably my favorite all, which is saying something, seeing as Triangle, another collaboration with illustrator Jon Klassen that came out a mere 7 months ago, was already high on my list of Best Books of 2017.The Wolf, The ...
  • Danielle
    This book is fine, and the illustrations are great, but I'm not sure who the target audience is. Are children supposed to understand that a nice dinner includes good cheese, a "flagon of wine" and some beeswax candles? Do children know what wraiths are? It's a good idea and I love an origin-type story (why the wolf howls at the moon), but I think this one was a miss.
  • Kim
    Hilarious! Mac and Jon at their best! This will make for a laugh out loud read aloud!
  • Rachel
    *Spoilers. First, the summary on the front flap makes you feel like the author is mocking the use of a front flap, but it makes you smile right from the start. The illustrations aren't quite my thing but it still works! It works well! There in the beginning when you make the connection that there are so many things to find in a wolves stomach Because he's eaten them- and therefore the duck and mouse are eating things that have already been eaten....
  • Jenna (Falling Letters)
    Lord, this duo just gets better and better! Lots to laugh at but I particularly liked Mouse’s hockey stick.
  • Peacegal
    Wonderfully bizarre and delightfully surreal. As a very young tot, I probably would have been freaked out by the theme of the wolf gobbling everyone up, but as an adult I got the whacked-out sense of humor. Older kids who can understand it (and their parents) will get a kick out of this one.
  • Alicia
    Hilarious, clever, and a bit dark. Klassen's illustrations knock this droll tale out of the park. Excellent!
  • Bethany
    Put aside your science for a moment. No, a duck and a mouse can't live in a wolf's stomach. It just doesn't work that way. But pretend that they can. It makes so much sense to feel safest inside the worst thing that can happen! (Just ask Kimmy Schmidt. She'd get along splendidly with these two.) Worried that a wolf will eat you? He already did, so there you go. No wolf will ever eat you again.The dry humor, unexpected bliss in a belly, and signat...
  • Tracie
    After being swallowed by a wolf, a mouse and duck become enamored with their newfound security ("When I was outside," explains Duck, "I was afraid every day wolves would swallow me up. In here, that's no worry.") and fight to defend it.Quirky, clever, and darkly humorous, this tale isn't for everyone--but fans of Jon Klassen's "Hat" trilogy will be pleased. Fittingly, Klassen complements this story with his stark illustrations in a palette predom...
  • Carrie Gelson
    So a duck and a mouse take up residence in the belly of a wolf. Only Barnett and Klassen could pull this off. 
  • Mehsi
    I read this one in Dutch, but my review will be in English.What happens when a Wolf eats a tiny little mouse? Well, a house party! Yes, really. I totally hadn't expected THAT when it happened on the third/fourth page. Our tiny mouse, freshly eaten and now in the stomach of a wolf finds himself in the home of someone else. I was just in stitches seeing the duck, in his bed, looking all angry at someone who disturbed him. Which btw, makes me wonder...
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    One day in the forest, a small mouse meets a big wolf. When the wolf inevitably swallows the mouse, he’s in for a big surprise. There, inside the wolf, is a duck laying in bed. Duck has taken up residency inside wolf, and why not? Life is good, and as duck explains to mouse “I may have been swallowed, but I have no intentions of being eaten.” As the two friends begin to live the high life, wolf begins to have a stomach ache, and the better ...
  • Becky
    First sentence: Early one morning, a mouse met a wolf, and he was quickly gobbled up. Premise/plot: Is that how you were expecting the story to open? Are you at all surprised that almost *all* of the book is set IN the wolf's stomach? The main characters are a MOUSE and a DUCK. These two meet--in the wolf's stomach--and both come to share the same opinion: THIS IS THE GOOD LIFE. Life on the INSIDE is much better than life on the OUTSIDE. On the i...
  • Erin
    Oh, woe! Oh, doom! What could be worse than being eaten by a wolf? Being forced out of its belly, according to Duck and Mouse. For real. They love living in Wolf's belly! They don't have to fear being chased or eaten everyday. Food comes to them for nothing. You'd be surprised by all the things a wolf eats and has laying about in its stomach. One night, a hunter shoots at the wolf. Oh, no! Their home is being attacked! When the wolf's legs get ca...
  • Nick Swarbrick
    All the best picturebooks I come across I read because Mat shows them to me. Today’s delight was this subtle reversal of the folktale theme of the devoured victim, where a mouse is gobbled up by a wolf only to find a very different set of lifestyle choices with a duck who lives in the wolf. Clever images - like the fully equipped kitchen in the wolf’s belly - add to the comedy; the duck and the mouse having dinner together is a laugh-out-loud...
  • Jess
    October 2017 - it turns out that one of my favorite picture book genres is animals getting swallowed by other animals (and sometimes escaping, but not always). I'm not sure what that says about me, but I do think that sense of danger makes the books exciting for kids, too. Ben certainly loves some examples, like One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree. Here, though, the trickery works in a different, delightful way. I'm equally a fan of Klasse...
  • Edie
    This is one of my favorite books of the year with Mac creating a story old fashioned in its language (flagon, woe, doom) and Klassen bringing it to life. What could be a scary story tunes out to be the chance to live the good safe life, with tablecloths and beeswax candles. Children will roar over the possibilities of what you can do inside a wolf's stomach (and what you can find there)and delight in the world that is portrayed. It's an adventure...
  • Cat
    Pretty funny little book! Not for everyone, I suppose, but it is pretty silly and I'm sure most kids will get a laugh out of it! Parents, too! A duck takes up residence inside a wolf after it is swallowed. A mouse soon follows and the two have a wonderful life until a hunter appears to kill the wolf. Illustrations were hilarious!
  • Annie
    So many of my favorite picture books involve characters being eaten. Or the threat of it. See PIERRE or WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE or I WANT MT HAT BACK. Or LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD. It’s the trope that keeps on giving. Thanks, Freud. Anyway, this is the first book I’ve encountered where the characters, having been eaten, decide that it’s the only way to live. The circle is complete! I love it.
  • Turrean
    Very much in the darkly comic vein of other stories from these two. I found it a bit over the top, though if we expect kids to buy Red Riding Hood and Peter and the Wolf, this is right in the same neighborhood.
  • Martha
    What a clever fable! I love Mac's twist at the end, charming. Jon Klassen's mixed media illustrations are sumptuous. They have a three dimensional quality, even the wolf's coat. The students will love the humor of this animal tale.
  • Chance Lee
    Fun story with wonderful Jon Klassen illustrations. (I realize "wonderful Jon Klassen" is redundant.) A mouse is swallowed by a wolf, but finds that it's actually a nice, safe place inside the wolf's belly... although it would be nice if there were more light. The story takes some fun, humorous turns. I LOL'd a couple of times. Would be delightful to read to older children as they start to grasp the concept of irony.