CM . . . . Volume XXIV Number 38. . . . June 1, 2018
Mallard, Mallard, Moose is a silly story of a moose who comes to St. Johnís, Newfoundland, in search of a home for two mallards. He visits the park downtown and even makes his way to a popular restaurant, Mallard Cottage, in Quidi Vidi to find a home for the ducks. In the end, the moose comes to a trail where he is greeted by a goose who wants to care for the ducks. It is then that the story of mallard, mallard, moose turns into mallard, mallard, goose!
Lori Doody was born in St. Johnís and studied printmaking at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. She spent her career focusing on printmaking, particularly etching. Doody does a spectacular job illustrating this book, and itís evident that she pays particular attention to detail. For example, on the front inside cover of the book, there is a pattern of two ducks and a moose, but, on the back inside cover, the pattern reflects the storyís ending and has two ducks and a goose. Whimsical row houses and storefronts can be found throughout the downtown area. While the city is bright, the weather is often bleak. St. Johnís is no stranger to rain, drizzle and fog, and this dark ambiance came through in Doodyís illustrations.
Mallard, Mallard, Moose screams to be read aloud. Itís the perfect addition to any library or classroom collection that is building its Canadian literature. This book was published by the small publishing company, Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides, Inc. located in Tors Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador. Itís encouraging seeing a micro-press that focuses on handcrafting books. Mallard, Mallard, Moose is a gem you donít want to miss.
Courtney Crocker is the Regional Librarian for Central Division with Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries. She lives in Gander, NL.