Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends {Review and Giveaway}

by Dawn

Your kids may be familiar with the names of some baby animals, like kittens and piglets. Sure, those are easy. Bonus points if they know calf or foal. But I’m willing to bet that they (and probably you, too!) have no idea what kind of animal young’un is called a leveret, or a puggle, or my favorite of the bunch, a cheeper. Thanks to Aaron Zenz’ latest picture book Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends, my kids and I are newly informed and still giggling over the cuteness of these little ones.

With each page turn, young readers are introduced to a new baby animal, starting off with some that will probably be familiar. Giggles will likely ensue when multiple animals share the same name, as it did with my kids when we read the word “cub” four times on one page featuring a raccoon, a bear, a panda, and a tiger. Silly, right? Zenz even gets a little tricky when he shows both a baby female and male horse, which technically are both referred to as foals, but each has its own gender-specific name, too. (Do you know them?)

My kids have been long interested in birds, and the two-page spread that features a whopping eight baby birds, each sitting atop a parent, introduced several new words to all of us. (I’ll tell you that the cheeper is featured on this page, but I’m not giving away what it is!)

The text consists of only a few words on each page, introducing over 50 different animals, but the true delight is found in the illustrations. The animals ooze adorableness, and Zenz’s colored pencil artwork has total kid appeal. For families looking for a little giggly reading fun that introduces new words, and possibly even a few new animals, be sure to check out Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends. And for you avid book blog readers, Aaron Zenz and his children regularly post at Bookie Woogie, where they have delightful conversations about children’s literature.

**The 5 Minutes for Books team are happy to be a part of Scholastic’s Parent Circle. Each month, one of our reviewers will select a book from that month’s Scholastic Book Club flyers. I selected Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends from April’s Honeybee flyer.

We are happy to offer a paperback copy of this cute picture book as featured in the Scholastic book club flyer to one lucky reader. Leave a comment to enter, and we’ll announce our winner in our book column on 4/9.

The winner of How Not to Kill Your Baby is #49 Eileen.

5 Minutes for Books reviewer Dawn spends her days surrounded by her preschool students, and her evenings catching up with her own three kids. When she gets the chance, she blogs away at my thoughts exactly.

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{ 72 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cat Davis March 26, 2012 at 12:05 am

That sounds like a really cute book, we’re always looking for new ones to add to our kid’s little library.


2 Liz March 26, 2012 at 12:08 am


Thanks for giveaway.


3 Jenny March 26, 2012 at 12:10 am

We love animal books!


4 Jenny March 26, 2012 at 12:20 am

We love Awana … Puggles are baby platypus and the name of the Awana group for 2 yr olds!


5 Jenn March 26, 2012 at 9:09 am

This book looks adorable! My kids are always asking what noise an animal makes so I’m sure they would love this book!


6 Chuck March 26, 2012 at 9:45 am

Great for the children, thanks


7 Jennifer Thomas March 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

Sounds like a book my 2yo would love!


8 Kristie March 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

Cute! Thank you for the chance to win! :-)


9 TheBargainBabe March 26, 2012 at 10:59 am

That looks adorable! We love the scholastic fliers every month and would love to win the Chuckling Ducklings. :) zucchinisummer AT gmail DOT com


10 Cindi March 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Could the cover of this wonderful book be any cuter?!
I don’t think so… Baby animal books are always fun!
This would be such a fun book to read to my sons…
Many thanks to you!


11 Joy March 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm

My granddaughter would love it. Thanks for hosting!


12 Joy March 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm

The illustrations are adorable ! so cute!!


13 Margaret March 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm

My kids would love this! Please count me in for the giveaway thanks!



14 paige March 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Brilliant! I want in! pretty please!


15 Carol M March 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm

This sounds like such a cute book. I’d love to win it for my granddaughter!


16 HappyMomC March 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Would love to win!


17 Rochel S March 26, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Adorable! My son would love this book!


18 Tammy Gordon March 26, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Cute book! Would love to read this!


19 Debbie jackson March 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm

love to win this debbie jackson
djackson1958 at hotmail dot com


20 Linda Kish March 26, 2012 at 8:48 pm

This looks like a very cute book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com


21 Staci A March 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm

It sounds like a great book with adorable artwork. I’d love to share it with my little ones!


22 Maricris March 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Looks interesting. Oh my boys will love that!


23 samantha w March 26, 2012 at 11:44 pm

This sounds sooo cute.


24 Chetan March 27, 2012 at 7:04 am

Great animal picture book… My son loves animals.. Thanks for this information.


25 Angela E. March 27, 2012 at 10:16 am

Sweet little book for the children.


26 Jessica T March 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Sounds like a cute book for my nephew!


27 angie March 27, 2012 at 6:22 pm

our princess loves animals and books and this I believe she would love


28 Christine Jensen March 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm

This looks darling!


29 Melissa March 28, 2012 at 6:31 am

My kids would love this book!


30 riTa March 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I would love to share this with my two year-old grandson (an later with the one coming in October!) Just this weekend he became more ‘understandable’. Says “Gammaw” a lot; meows all the time (don’t know why!); is fascinated by “kitty” and “puppies”.


31 June March 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm

What a great story book for the kids.


32 Beth C March 28, 2012 at 5:34 pm

My little grandson would love this!


33 K.Pugh March 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Thank you for the chance. Another great giveaway!


34 Debbie Welchert March 29, 2012 at 1:31 am

This would be a perfect book for my grandson to have fun with and learn.


35 Jennifer March 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Love Aaron Zenz books!


36 Bethany March 29, 2012 at 6:10 pm

What a great book to add to any home library! It’s informational, but also oh so much fun! Thanks!


37 Tamra Augostino March 29, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Thanks for adding your giveaway to my McLinky at – stopping by from there.
Thanks for the giveaway.


38 sandra March 30, 2012 at 9:04 am

this book looks so cute


39 gail March 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm

thanks for this giveaway!


40 Patricia March 30, 2012 at 9:57 pm

My niece and nephew are just crazy about ducks! This would be a perfect book for them.


41 catherine c March 30, 2012 at 11:58 pm

would love to win this cute book!


42 Chuck March 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Great for the little ones to read.


43 nannypanpan March 31, 2012 at 6:13 pm

looks like a cute book


44 Mozi Esmes Mom March 31, 2012 at 10:32 pm

My daughter would love this!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com


45 Vickie Couturier April 1, 2012 at 9:26 am

I have 8 grandchildren ,7 of whom are under the age of 6 so this would be such a perfect book to keep at my house to read to them,they love for Mamaw to read to them



46 Lori April 1, 2012 at 10:32 am

What a cute story, please enter me.


47 Debbie jackson April 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm

thanks debbie jackson
djackson1958 at hotmail dot com


48 Anita Yancey April 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm

This is a real sweet book,and my granddaughter would love it. Please enter me. Thanks!


49 Rita M April 2, 2012 at 4:32 am

This book would be a great addition to my granddaughters’ “in process” book collection!


50 Garrett April 2, 2012 at 7:37 am

Nice book, would be great for Easter too.


51 Lauren Knott April 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

My son Jamison would love this!


52 springchicken April 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Thanks for the chance to win this for my preschool classroom. It would be especially nice to use with our unit on farm animals.


53 ACMommy3 April 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm

We are crazy about books at our house and this one looks adorable and fun! :-)


54 Don April 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

What a great spring time book to read.


55 Kathy S April 2, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Thanks for the chance to win!


56 jenn April 3, 2012 at 2:32 am

We would love to add this book to our collection. We love to read and are always looking for quality books


57 amandasue April 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm

This looks like a cute book!


58 Jessica April 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Looks like such a cute book! Thanks so much for the chance to win!


59 Marianne Barkman April 4, 2012 at 1:10 am

This is such a cute book. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

marianne dot wanham at gmail dot com


60 Anja M. April 4, 2012 at 11:15 am

It looks so cute. Would be a great present for my niece. Thanks :)


61 Jeff April 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm

What a nice book to read to your children.


62 Van April 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Sure to be a winner with the kid’s.


63 Teri Prince April 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I would love to get this book for my college age daughter Kate, I have always bought her books for her Easter basket since she was a little girl. With the help of these books she teaches preschool children and is working on her Masters degree in Special Education at George Mason in Va. She has always been a reader to herself and any children she has taught. She also teaches a chapter about farm animals where this would be very helpful she really goes all out makes barns out of boxes brings in little picked fences from garden trimming for fences and all her children in her class bring in stuffed animals to put by barn. This book would be a great educational benifit for her class room library.
ps really miss the Scholastic papers coming home since my Katie has grown up, wish there was a way I could still purchase through those specials.


64 apple blossom April 5, 2012 at 9:55 am

sounds like a cute book thanks for chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com


65 katrina April 5, 2012 at 10:35 am

looks like a super cute book


66 bobby April 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm

my kids would like this


67 ANGEL JACKLYN April 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm



68 Teresa Thompson April 8, 2012 at 9:55 am

My granddaughters would love this book. So cute!


69 Lisa L April 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm

This would be fun for my daughter. Cute!


70 trixx April 8, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I’d love to get this for my niece. trixpixel[at]


71 chery April 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I would really like to have this book. It sounds so adorable.


72 vanessa April 9, 2012 at 8:43 pm

It would be a great book to win!


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