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Tuesday 24 July 2018

Review: Duck!

This brilliant and funny story is about how difficult it can sometimes be to get your message across.

The correct choice of words is paramount when something urgent is relayed. There should be no double meanings involved.

Duck has something to say. It is immediate and forceful. A single word should be enough, Duck imagines. 

But first horse, then cow, followed by pig then sheep, ridicule Duck for his single word of warning that no one seems to take literally! They gang up against him and talk down to him, until they finally get the message.

Australian creators Meg McKinlay and Nathaniel Eckstrom have teamed up to create a visually stunning and entertaining story for young children that reflects on how sometimes what you say and mean, is not always what is understood.

Each beautifully illustrated page will fill readers with laughter as they follow poor Duck in his attempt to call attention to a looming catastrophe without results. The animals that refuse to understand are emotively and expressively depicted. Nathaniel Eckstrom’s ability to create movement and give life to McKinlay’s characters is impressive.

The exquisite covers focus on the sad-faced duck. Bright autumn colours vie for leading role but it’s Duck that gets the prize. Gorgeous end pages covered in a sky with floating clouds lead the reader into the story and farewells in the same way. I laughed my way through this outstanding tale of misunderstanding.

Title: Duck!
Author: Meg McKinlay
Illustrator: Nathaniel Eckstrom
Publisher: Walker Books, $24.99
Publication Date: July 1 2018
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781925381535
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book