Review of What is Chasing Duck by Jan Thomas

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

What the Book is About

“What is Chasing Duck?” is a simple book about running away from, and then facing one’s fears. Although the book clocks in at 41 pages, those pages are mainly composed of short text and illustrations. Duck is running away from something, and as it encounters other animals–Sheep, Donkey, and Dog–their idea of what chases Duck grows scarier. But Dog challenges them to turn back and face their fears.

The thing chasing Duck is not scary at all. It was just Squirrel bringing Duck the turnips it dropped. Squirrel then drops an acorn. When the other animals pick it up to bring it to him, Squirrel runs faster, thinking that something scary is chasing it.

Book Information

Title: What is Chasing Duck
Author: Jan Thomas
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Copyright 2017 by Jan Thomas
No. of pages: 41

About the Author & Illustrator

I did not find information about the author at her website or in the book, but Amazon has a short entry about her:

Jan Thomas is the creator of What Will Fat Cat Sit On?, A Birthday for Cow!, and The Doghouse. She lives in Socorro, New Mexico.

Visit the author’s website at

Values or Lessons

The book is great for beginning readers. At 4, our son is starting to read some simple words. He still needs a lot of help. But it’s a pretty good start. What is Chasing Duck reminds kids that the things they fear may not be scary at all. And that they need to face their fears. We use this book to remind him about how to deal with fear.


The artwork is great! It is minimalist and not cluttered at all. Each page only has the drawing of the animal characters with sparse text.


Overall, this is a fun book that is easy to read–by both adults and kids learning to read.

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