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Duck on a Bike Hardcover – April 1, 2002
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The full bleed illustrations are bright and colorful while the story is humorous and engaging. Don't miss the last page either. All the kids love it. This has become my favorite picture book this year and I will be disappointed if it doesn't receive a Caldecott nod. Add this one to your child's library or give it to a favorite child as a gift. Then sit down and read it together. Neither of you will be disappointed! A great companion book also out this year is "Do Like a Duck Does" by Judy Hindley.
Using a selection of beautiful paints, novel characters, and interesting angles, author/illustrator David Shannon (of "No, David" fame) has created a truly delightful tale. His attention to detail is remarkable. Kids that remember that when Duck passed the goat his thought was, "I'd like to eat that bike!" will be rewarded if they notice that once on such a contraption, the goat makes a point of chewing on the available basket. And honestly, who else could draw a horse sneering any better than Shannon? The curl of the lip is an expression I've often expected on certain finicky animals. Safety conscious parents will note that the pack of kids arriving on the farm, aside from being nicely multicultural and of different genders, are almost all wearing safety helmets. So well done there. And as a personal note, I always give extra points to those illustrators that understand the beauty of the silent gag. The two page spread of the animals eying the new bicycles eagerly will make parents laugh in appreciation and make gleeful those kids that can figure out what is about to occur.Read more ›
It is great to see the barnyard animals grasping at handlebars with hoofs and wings. The pigs ride a tandem bike, rooster a tricycle, and goat gets her wish as she munches innocently on the bike's basket. After all, kids will be kids.
Shannon uses interesting perspective and great staging to bring the illustrations in this book to life. The bicycles are rendered beautifully, and the style of illustration is very different than the one he uses in the David books. It is worth it to buy this book for the artwork alone.
Don't pass the last page of this book without paying attention, or else you'll miss the next big adventure duck is planning!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My four year old son and I love this story, we got a copy of it from Scholastic for I think $5, may have been less, anyway the copy we have has strong durable glossy pages with the... Read morePublished 12 days ago by andi.cucharita
This book is wonderful--great story, captivating illustrations, and silly to boot. As a preschool teacher, this is a beloved book in my classroom. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mama B.
Duck on a bike? Yeah, that is weird, but the kids love it and keeps their attention. Thanks Shannon for another read "again" book that makes the kids giggle.Published 2 months ago by nessaspud
Such a funny story, and WONDERFUL pictures!
Read this book aloud - there is much 'scope for imagination' here!
The CD skips. So frustrated because we love the story. Seller did not allow return. Very disappointedPublished 4 months ago by DDEBEN