Collectibles - Full House Books

Same To You, Duckface!

It reads like a Full House Sisters book, but with Stephanie and D.J. as the sisters. The setting is the start of the 3rd season - Steph is starting 2nd grade, D.J. is starting Junior High (7th grade). While the dialogue is almost precisely matched to the episodes, it's still lots of fun, as we get to see a lot more of the characters' feeling, and Ms. Worth does a very good job of describing things so young readers can get a sense of time, place, etc.

Liberties are taken a little with episodes, as the 2nd day sees Stephanie as the one with the crisis. Rather than weeks later, Stephanie gets in trouble for teasing Walter , a.k.a."Duckface", the 2nd day of school, the same day that goes much better for D.J. in Jr. High. Not much is seen of Michelle in this one, just little snippets, instead the book focuses very well in this part on Stephanie and her situation in this, one of the best "Full House" episodes when it comes to showing her and her friends in school. We saw a lot more of Michelle in school than Steph in the series.

Then, after Stephanie and Walter have ironed things out, D.J. gets annoyed that Stephanie (and everyone else) needs to use the phone. So, D.J.'s first babysitting job comes a few months earlier than in the series timeline. The altering of this timeline may be what prompted them to be more courageous and alter it in the later book series -)

In the end, D.J. gets her own phone after that babysitting mess, and we see a nice ending, just as in that episode. While this book is out of print, as are all non-series ones, "Same To You, Duckface" is an excellent book for children, and if you can find it at a used bookshop or on the Web somewhere, you will have yourself a very good read. I bought this one because it was the first, but there are other "Full House" books out there, too, based on episodes.

By: Doug Fowler

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The first ever written of the "Full House" books based on the episodes, this book is an excellent one for young children; and, it's easy to see why. Bonnie Worth, the author, used it to springboard into many childrens' books of varying reading levels.