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All Right Already! (Duck & Bear) Paperback – Picture Book, 3 October 2019
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Jory John is co-author of the bestselling All My Friends Are Dead and a sequel, among other humour books. This is his second picture book for children. He lives (and sleeps) in San Francisco, USA.
Benji Davies is an animation director and illustrator of children's books. He lives in London with his wife, Nina, where he writes and draws all day long (almost!).
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- Publisher : HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (3 October 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0008330069
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008330064
- Reading age : 3 years and up
- Item Weight : 187 g
- Dimensions : 23 x 0.3 x 28 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #200,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story is about a duck who wants his neighbour bear to come out and play in the snow. Bear doesn't want to come but Duck persists and then Bear gets a cold. Duck tries to help him but Bear doesn't want the help and finds it annoying. Then Duck catches the cold and is a demanding patient for Bear. Bear thinks that he needs new neighbours - I tend to agree as Duck is very annoying. I am not sure what the message is here as neither character appears to have much fun in the book.
The pictures are basic but nice enough in a very spare way. Given that the story is about snow there are lots of colours used.
In the end this is not a book I would give to a child - there are plenty better ones on the market
Bear is in the middle of taking a bath, when his annoying neighbour Duck selfishly pesters him to come out and play in the snow. Bear doesn't want to come out and play, but makes the mistake of giving in to the pestering and leaves the house without drying himself. Duck orders Bear to do various things he doesn't want to because Duck finds them fun. Bear, because he didn't dry off properly, catches a terrible cold.
Duck volunteers to look after Bear in his misery. He offers to do various things Bear doesn't want him to until, irritated, Bear gives in and says "All right already!", allowing Duck to unflatten his pillow. Emboldened by that, Duck continues to pester Bear until he finally orders him out of his house.
Duck slopes off, complaining about what a jerk Bear is: "Jeez, Bear's bad attitude is making me feel kind of icky". But actually he's feeling icky because he's now caught Bear's cold. Duck mopes about at home for a bit, and then reasons that because he helped Bear so much when he was ill, he deserves to be waited on hand and foot himself – so he guilt-trips Bear into coming over and doing everything for him whilst Bear is clearly still ill and sniffing from his own cold. When Bear isn't quick enough to bring him his tea and pillow, Duck raises his voice demandingly. Bear then muses to himself with a phrase I think a lot of adults can relate to – "I must get some new neighbours".
The moral of the story is that you should never give in to the demands of selfish people who claim to be your friend but only really want to have their own fun regardless of your own needs or feelings. But if you do find yourself in that situation, the best approach is to rise above it and be the better person, even though you won't get any thanks. It's an excellent moral for a children's book, and an antidote to all those books which seem to push the message that you should unquestioningly be best friends with everyone. Respect for people should be universal but friendship must be earned. Duck needs to try harder.
It’s snowing and duck MUST play outside, and bear MUST play with him even if Bear doesn’t want to, even if Bear is dripping wet from a bath, but bear thinks it’s a quieter life to just give in to Duck. of course Bear ends up poorly and instead of letting bear rest and waiting to be asked Duck makes a nuisance of himself being ’helpful’, then ends up poorly himself and even more demanding.
It’s not a fairy story with a happy ending, but it’s something that happens a lot in real life. It’s something that children need to learn how to deal with in order to get through life. It offers much opportunity for discussing alternative and healthier choices for both characters so is very interactive for that reason.
Overall, a very interesting and useful book but won’t suit everyone!
Whilst beautifully illustrated, I’m not quite sure what the moral of the story is and what sort of message it is sending out. It’s not really particularly funny and I felt a rising frustration at the situation for the characters.