Saturday, July 7, 2018

Somebody Should Claim This Feathered Friend!

Nobody's Duck

Words and Pictures by Mary Sullivan

Who Can Walk Away From A Cover and Title This Cute?

Alligator watches from the window as a duck sits on the lawn painting her toenails. That same evening Alligator peeks out the window wearing PJs. The duck is wearing a nightcap and is sound asleep holding a stuffed bunny. 

The next morning Aligator steps outside and hollers, "Hey!! Hey, Duck." 
Duck appears to be clueless as the answer is "Who? Me?"
"Yeah! You! Whose duck are you?" asks the Alligator.

Duck reaches inside her satchel and pulls out a "thinking cap." After lots of thinking the reply is, "I'm nobody's duck!"

That does it. Alligator grabs a wagon and pulls duck (who is now wearing a sun hat and enjoying the wagon ride) to various places to ask if the duck belongs to any of the individuals. They travel to the library, movie theater, and so on. Each place the alligator gets a definite NO. The duck doesn't belong to the giraffe librarian, the pig cashier at the movie theater, the elephant Go-Kart cashier, etc. However, at each place, the duck manages to gather fun things to put in the wagon with her. And each stop offers the reluctant gator something new to experience.

We see the duck checking out multiple books at the library while Alligator seems extremely unfamiliar with books. At the movie theater, they watch Dogzilla, Monster from the Pond! Duck has 3-D glasses, a box of popcorn and a drink. She is obviously enjoying the movie while Alligator is biting nails. 

The very sparse text is in the form of speech balloons. But not much text is necessary since the illustrations tell a fun, even hilarious (and I use that word sparingly since it is used too often regarding picture books) story.

So who does that fun duck belong to?

What Concerned Me: Only one itty-bitty concern. While the last page is cute, it felt a bit off and I wasn't sure little ones would understand. 

What I Liked Most: Pretty much everything, but if I had to choose I guess it would be the illustrations, which were digitally drawn and colored. This is a fun book of silliness and experiencing unexpected friendships.

Author/Illustrator: Mary Sullivan
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (February 2018)


The Illustrations really worked for me!
My Illustrator's Award

  • Approx. Word Count: 123
  • Ages: 4 - 7
  • Pages: 40
Book                        Kindle

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