Duck or Rabbit? You Choose

Duck! Rabbit! 

Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Published by Chronicle Books, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-8118-6865-5

Format: Picturebook; Print book; 24 cm

40 Pages ~ Ages 3+

Brief Summary

Read at the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll, Duck! Rabbit! is a unique take on the classic optical illusion book for kids young and old. Rosenthal and Lichtenheld create an awesome conversation and debate about whether the animal they see in the distance is a duck or rabbit? What do you see? Review

Duck! Rabbit! is so many things: humorous, fun, witty and intriguing!  I love that the author and illustrator created a piece in which young readers are not only challenged to use their brain to decide what they see. Some, quite frankly, just might change their mind at the end of the story. I love how Lichtenheld purposefully uses the white space to keep our attention on the animal, even though we know there is a conversation being had “around us.”  I give Duck! Rabbit! 🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇


  • appeals to all ages; even adults would enjoy this book
  • makes the reader think/use imagination
  • allows reader to take part in the story
  • teaches parts of the body and characteristics/ to younger readers
  • easy to read for younger audience
  • creative use of white space to grab the reader’s attention


Is it bad to say I can’t find any?


It would be awesome to see an art teacher collaborate with a teacher librarian, using Duck! Rabbit! as an introduction to a lesson on optical illusions and have students work to create their own.


  • Wumbers by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • E-mergency by Tom Lichtenheld

*both books encourage independent thinking/using your brain; also by the same author/illustrator


  • Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year (2009)
  • Time Magazine Top Ten Children’s Book (2009)
  • ALA Notable Children’s Book (2010)

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