Angus and the Ducks

by Marjorie Flack

Hardcover, 1930



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Doubleday (1930); Early Start Edition


A curious Scottish terrier decides to investigate the strange noise coming from the other side of the hedge.

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LibraryThing member dchaves
A little scary. Reminiscent of two-year olds who wander yet still require the security of a parent.
LibraryThing member maryanntherese
A simple story about a curious puppy who tangles with two ducks.
LibraryThing member auntieknickers
A great favorite at our house years ago.
LibraryThing member korneder
such a cute portrayal of curiosity, a dog wanting to know what is making the sounds over the hedge. he discovers its ducks who then surprise him and scare him back into the comfort of his owner's house. good discussion about bravery, and comfort
LibraryThing member ranaemathias
Flack, Marjorie. (1997). Angus and the ducks. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR).
Angus is a young Scottish Terrier who is very curious about the world around him. Like most dogs, when the door is open they run out. Angus decides to run out the front door one day and explore the other side of
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the hedge. What he encounters-ducks-sends him back into the house where he hides and decides NOT to be curious for a while. This book on CD-rom was read aloud with musical effects and sounds. The background piano notes add to the drama of his adventures outside. The CD-rom offered two ways to listen- one with page signals and one without. This cute story is suitable to young children (up to age 6) who will love the sounds of the ducks.
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LibraryThing member fuzzi
A delightful 'old' story for young children and those who enjoy picture books. Angus is a Scottish terrier who discovers the ducks who live next door. Very enjoyable story from the 1930's.
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Originally published in 1930, Angus and the Ducks is the first of several picture-books devoted to the doings of its eponymous canine hero, an energetic, curious Scottish terrier puppy, and is a sheer delight to read. The simple text follows Angus as he slips out one day - the door between INDOORS
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and OUTDOORS being accidentally left open - and sets out to investigate the odd quacking sounds coming from the other side of the green hedge surrounding his yard. His encounter with the ducks on the other side doesn't go quite as expected - never get between a duck and its water trough! - and Angus is routed by his anatine foes, and suitably chastened. For the time being, that is...

An amusing tale, one which captures the delightful joie-de-vivre, the boundless enthusiasm of puppies - their eagerness to explore, their keen appreciation of any and all objects as possible chewing toys, their yappy (in Angus' case) communication style - Angus and the Ducks has both narrative and artistic charm. I echo the reviewer who has praised the typographical choices made with this one, as the judicious use of capitalization really adds emphasis, and the layout of the text itself works flawlessly with the images. The artwork is simply charming, alternating between full-color illustrations, and black-and-white spreads, and perfectly captures Angus' antics. All in all, a sweet little book, ideally suited for young dog lovers! I can't wait to read the subsequent two Angus titles, Angus and the Cat and Angus Lost!
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LibraryThing member MaowangVater
Angus, a young puppy, is very curious about the world around him like who was that little dog in the mirror and “Things-Which-Come-Apart and those Things-Which-Don’t-Come-Apart such as SLIPPERS and gentlemen’s SUSPENDERS and things like that.” He’s also very curious about things outside,
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but there his ability to investigate things is limited by a leash and the person holding it. But one day an open door allows him to escape outdoors and find out what was making that quacking noise next door, and there he makes some surprising and startling new discoveries.
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