Author: Underwood, Deborah
A duck wanders away from the pond and must find his way back to his duck family.
|Illustrator:||McBeth, T. L.|
Kirkus Reviews (12/01/19)
School Library Journal (02/01/20)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/20)
The Hornbook (00/03/20)
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School Library Journal - 02/01/2020 Toddler-PreS–Four little ducks are quacking along when one gets distracted and wanders off. The poor thing isn't gone long, but when it turns around there are "no ducks!" Hearing a sound, he investigates. Sadly, there are "no ducks" again. Trail after trail leads to the same, prompting various exaggerated expressions from the cartoonish character. This happens until an idea strikes, and a heartfelt family reunion occurs. Underwood's (The Panda Problem, The Quiet Book) latest has a minimalist aesthetic, both in terms of text and illustrations, that works magnificently for toddlers. Everything has a solid blue, orange, white, or black color, including the repeating phrases and onomatopoeia words which are boldly splattered every few pages. Spreads follow the formulaic question-and-response format, which, along with other elements such as clues, offer plenty of opportunities to interact with a storytime audience. VERDICT Caregivers may recognize their own wandering toddler in this funny, yet reassuring title. An excellent read-aloud choice for home and in larger groups.—Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ont. - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.