Mr. McCloskey’s Marvelous Mallards: The Making of Make Way for Ducklings

Coming November 1, 2022!

While writing and illustrating the beloved picture book Make Way for Ducklings, Robert McCloskey brings a flock of ducklings into his tiny New York City apartment. But an artist + a bunch of ducklings in his apartment = chaos! There are ducklings in the bathtub and ducklings in the kitchen, quacking at dawn and sitting on his desk. Can he learn to draw them just right before they grow too big?

This glimpse into the creation of a much-loved story for kids is a must-read for fans of children’s books, or for anyone who is interested in the creative process and the importance of persistence.

From Calkins Creek, an imprint of Astra Publishing. November 1, 2022. Illustrations by Becca Stadtlander.

STARRED REVIEW ★ “Make way for a comical episode that offers insight into the hard work of creativity, in general and in the case of one picture book that has been admired and loved for generations.” –School Library Journal

“He soon discovers that the ducks make difficult roommates, but his work pays off, a success that crowns this step-by-step portrait of an artist working through to a solution.” –Publishers Weekly

JLG Selection 2022