Duck’s best friend Goose is gone for winter and Duck is lonely. The animals try to cheer Duck, but Duck, Duck, Pig is too messy, and Duck, Duck, Moose is too scary. Will Duck be alone until Goose gets back? Or can Duck come up with a game they all can play?
I really enjoy books in which friendship is built by working through a problem. It's a common thing in everything from Lord of the Rings to Okay For Now. And it's a great way to get children to understand deeper meanings without hitting them over the head with it.
I think that Joy did a great job creating a situation in which we could relate to these animamorphic characters on a very human level, which is something that is an absolute must if I can connect to a book or movie about woodland creatures. It was sweet, but also something that didn't felt dumbed-down for the enjoyment of little ones. The illustrations are definitely appropriate to the story.
This would be a good story to read multiple times over years in order to get a child to understand it in a different way as they grow up with the book.