The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse to Publish October 2017


Somerville, MA – Best-selling picture book creators Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen will debut a stand-alone picture book in fall 2017, Candlewick Press announced today jointly with the publishers of the Walker Books Group worldwide. The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse will release in the U.S. on October 10, 2017. With multiple New York Times bestsellers between them and awards including a Caldecott Medal, two Caldecott Honors, a Kate Greenaway Medal, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, three  E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, the Charlotte Zolotow Award, and many more, Barnett and Klassen have become one of the most dynamic duos in children’s literature.


In this unparalleled new comedy, a woeful mouse is swallowed by a wolf and quickly learns he is not alone. A duck has already set up a lovely little home, rife with delicious food and elegant table settings, courtesy of the wolf’s unchecked gluttony. This charming story offers the signature wit and whimsy that readers of all ages have come to expect from Barnett and Klassen. World rights to The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse were acquired by Liz Bicknell, Candlewick’s executive editorial director and associate publisher, from Steven Malk of Writers House. The book will be edited by Bicknell and designed by executive art director Ann Stott.


Of this new picture book, Bicknell says, “We all know about Jonah and the whale and the old woman who swallowed a fly, but here comes a fresh offering in the pantheon of ‘swallowed but doing just fine’ stories: a simple delectable feast, perfect for storytime.”



Mac Barnett is the author of many award-winning books for children, including Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, illustrated by Jon Klassen, which received a Caldecott Honor, the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award, and an Irma S. and James H. Black Award and was short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. He is also the author of Triangle, the first in the shapes trilogy, illustrated by Jon Klassen, which will debut in March 2017. He writes the Terrible Two series with Jory John and the Brixton Brothers series of mysteries, and is the author of President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, and the Caldecott Honor-winning Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen. Mac Barnett lives in California.



Jon Klassen is the creator of the much-acclaimed hat trilogy, which includes the #1 New York Times bestseller I Want My Hat Back, the Caldecott Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal winner This Is Not My Hat, and the best-selling conclusion We Found a Hat. He is also the illustrator of two Caldecott Honor books, Extra Yarn and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, both written by Mac Barnett, as well as the New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year  House Held Up by Trees, written by Ted Kooser. Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Jon Klassen now lives in Los Angeles.


The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse: 40 pages * ages 4—8 * HC: 978-0-7636-7754-1 * Price: $17.99 ($24.00 CAN) * U.S. On-sale October 10, 2017


ABOUT CANDLEWICK PRESS Candlewick Press is an independent publisher based in Somerville, Massachusetts. For over twenty years, Candlewick has published outstanding children’s books for readers of all ages, including books by award-winning authors and illustrators such as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature emeritus Kate DiCamillo, M. T. Anderson, Jon Klassen, and Laura Amy Schlitz; the widely acclaimed Judy Moody, Mercy Watson, and ’Ology series; and favorites such as Guess How Much I Love You, Where’s Waldo?, and Maisy. Candlewick is part of the Walker Books Group, together with Walker Books U.K. in London and Walker Books Australia. The Walker Books Group has a unique ownership structure that includes all of its employees worldwide. Visit Candlewick online at





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