Duck and Penguin Are NOT Friends

A humorous and ironic look at building friendship on your own terms
Price: $16.95
  • ISBN: 9781682631324
  • Publication date: 09/01/2019
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 9-1/2" x 9-1/2"
  • Age Range: 4-8


Choosing your own friends is a whole lot more fun than having somebody else decide for you!

Stuffed animals Duck and Penguin are not ready to be friends, despite what their owners Betty and Maud might have you think. Duck and Penguin do not want to swing together, build sandcastles together, and they certainly do not want to be forced to play baby dolls together!

But as soon as Betty and Maud aren’t looking, Duck and Penguin happily whip up some fun of their own.

This laugh-out-loud tale from author-illustrator Julia Woolf is instantly relatable for any socially reluctant child and a humorous pick for read alouds.


Julia Woolf


Julia Woolf has worked for twenty years in animation, including twelve years at Dreamworks in the US. She obtained her MA in Children’s Book Illustration in Cambridge at Anglia Ruskin University. She lives in England, close to the countryside, woods, and seaside—a prime area for sketching.


“The energetic, expressive, and childlike illustrations will elicit chuckles…incorporated onomatopoeic words reinforce their displeasure…. the toys bring the point home.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The text is keenly funny…kids will snicker at the crayon-like lines that are the hilarious and furious eyebrows of Duck and Penguin as they’re subjected to activities they dislike. This readaloud is pure whimsical fun.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


Resources: Activity Sheets

Activity Sheet

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F&P: I, Gr 1, Genre F
Lexile: 430L
Themes: Friendship, Play Dates, Conflict Resolution, Identity
BISAC 1: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION/Social Themes/Friendship
BISAC 2: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 3: JUV051000 JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play

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