The charming watercolors will give audiences plenty to look at as these expressive creatures search the house for an alligator-sized hiding place and plot to save their new guest. The animals are clearly the movers and shakers in this household, and Urbanovic has done a fine job of rendering each one with clever humanlike postures and expressions… With a comedic story and strong visuals, Duck and Cover is sure to please.
—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
“When a desperate alligator named Harold, on the lam from the zoo, turns up at Irene’s door, she and her pets are reluctant at first to provide him with amnesty given his crime (he claims to have accidentally eaten someone’s pet)… Max and his crew continue to be a personable bunch, and Urbanovic still knows how to up the melodramatic ante with both her witty narrative (“…they decided to sleep on it. In Irene’s room. With the door locked tight”) and her comically slapstick illustrations (there’s lots of rushing around and waving paws or wings about). She capably depicts the pets’ understandable nervousness around their pointy-toothed houseguest while also portraying Harold as a lovable, if large, reptile with fears of his own (the basement, for example). This is rife with riotous readaloud potential, so grab the previous title and make it a Max Marathon, or just enjoy it solo.”
- Volunteer State Book Award 2011-2012 nominee
(TASL Tennessee Assoc. of school librarians)
- Arkansas Diamond Primary Award nominee
Click on the book cover to read an excerpt from Duck and Cover.