Mail Duck begins his mail route with numerous packages to deliver to his friends, and to the delight of young readers, each package (and flap to lift) is the recipient’s favorite shape: Trudy the Mouse loves triangles and receives a triangular package, while Cecil the Snail loves circles and receives a circular package. Each page also depicts the friends’ homes in the shape of, and filled with, their favorite shapes. Scout the Beaver, who loves squares, has a square home with square windows, square cupboards, and a square fireplace; while Omar the Owl, who loves ovals, has an oval-shaped home in a tree stocked with a watermelon and olives. Upon lifting the flap, readers will discover that each package contains something for a party, and when Duck thinks his work is done and his truck is empty, readers will be surprised to find all the friends are hiding inside, ready to throw a party for Duck when two full-page flaps are opened. Sirotich’s illustrations are full of fun details to observe in each friend’s home—in a particularly notable moment, a baby owl is seen cracking from an egg in the reflection of a mirror. Even the landscapes of each home match the favored shape—rectangular fences, oval leaves, and circular fruit trees.
This book has a fun combination of lift-the-flaps and shapes showcased and a sweet element of kindness in the final surprise for the faithful delivery man. Lots of things to point out, look for and explore beyond the way, which is always a plus for a board book!
Erica Sirotich is an illustrator residing in St. Petersburg, Florida. She likes animals, coffee, books, and adding to her collections of rocks, stamps, and Japanese kokeshi. Her dog Russell Redfur keeps her company while she draws all day. Erica’s authorial debut, the picture book Found Dogs, was published by Dial Books for Young Readers in July, 2017. She has also illustrated picture books for publishers like Little Simon, Running Press, and Albert Whitman &amp;amp; Co, and regularly illustrates for kids’ publications like Highlights, Ranger Rick Jr, Boy’s Life, and more.
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