Duck Goes Meow

Book Author & Illustrator Juliette MacIver & Carla Martell
Rights Available World, excl. ANZ, NL, Belgium, USA and Israel

WOOF! says Dog.
MOO! says Cow.
CLUCK! says Hen,
and Duck goes . . . meow.

A little yellow duckling is amongst animal friends who are all sure of the sounds they make: hiss, neigh, moo, cheep, cluck and oink. But when Duck goes ‘meow’, the other animals say no, that is wrong, try again … then Duck’s mama arrives, and boy, do they get a surprise!

• Inspired by an amazing true story from YouTube:

• Young children will have fun joining in with all the animal sounds, and will delight in Duck’s ‘meow’.

• The colourful palette of Martell’s quirky artwork will charm all ages.

Best Picture Book Winner at the 2023 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Storylines Notable Picture Book Award recipient 2023

About the Author
Juliette MacIver
is an award-winning children’s picture book author of many Scholastic titles such as the hilarious and surprising Duck Goes Meow, winner of the 2023 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, Best Picture Book; the wonderful Marmaduke Duck series; Henry Bob Bobbalich; Grasshoppers Dance; Tom and the Dragon; We’re Off to Find a Kiwi; Bye Bye Bye, A Mother’s Day Dilemma and The Moose and the Goose.

Juliette has a BA in Linguistics, and Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the Trinity College of London, and is part-way through a Master’s degree, also in linguistics. She lives near Wellington with her husband and four children.

About the Illustrator
Carla Martell
is an illustrator and designer from Auckland, New Zealand. She specialises in whimsical illustration featuring children, animals and curious characters, hand lettering and surface pattern design. Carla has illustrated a number of books with Scholastic including the award-winning Duck Goes Meow, the much-acclaimed Tulip and Doug as well as Tulip and Sprout, Christmas in Summer, Granny’s Undies, Santa’s Fireproof Knickers, Colin the Christmas Mince Pie and Why Won’t You Sleep?!


Scholastic New Zealand Ltd


250 x 240 mm

Hardback, Paperback and Board Book


Picture Book

Age range
1 + years

Publication Date
March 2023

Rights Available:
World excl. Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Belgium, USA and Israel

Rights Agents:


Lynette Evans, Scholastic New Zealand Ltd

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Bold, munificent colours saturate the page, with animals rotund and lively, their hand lettered animal sounds seamlessly blending into a flawless rhyming text. Readers are taken on a hilarious jaunt as these animals negotiate and encourage Duck to say the right thing, anticipation and humour building with each page turn. The little duck plucks at the heartstrings by being true to itself, and challenging our assumptions.

“Duck Goes Meow distils all the elements of a great picture book into a celebration of the unexpected, with a conclusion that surprises the animals and readers alike.

NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults judges’ report

This is such a great story on many levels. Wonderful sound patterns—onomatopoiea and rhyme give it a sing-song quality and it has a great sense of the ridiculous about it with a duck that refuses to quack. Children of all ages will love hearing it read to them and will in turn love reading it aloud themselves.

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