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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books; New edition edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007302622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007302628
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

"This is the Duck driving home in a truck./ This is the track which is taking him back." So begins this deliciously percussive rhyming story of a feathered truck driver who becomes mired in muck and the three animal Good Samaritans (a frog, a sheep and a goat) who try to help him. As Alborough's (It's the Bear; My Friend Bear) words roll out in an infectious, hard-hitting beat with more than a few rhythmic surprises, he metes out his bold pictures in perfect accompaniment. A triptych of vignettes creates a slow-motion effect as the truck first strikes a rock, is then shown aloft, and finally hits the muck; close-up spreads focus on the exasperated characters attempting to budge the vehicle. With light-hearted tension, wry characterizations and lots of squishy mud, this tale makes for a quacking good read-aloud. Ages 3-6. (Feb.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

The mud may be sticky in this piece of rhymed tomfoolery from Alborough (Can You Jump Like a Kangaroo?, 1996, etc.), but the wordplay is clear and washed. Duck is motoring along a rutted country road in his old clunker truck. The truck hits a stone, bounces once, and lands in the glop. Duck hops off``These are the feet that jump the Duck down/into the muck all yucky and brown''and finds his vehicle stuck fast. Through illustrations that are so welcoming readers will want to crawl right into the artwork, Alborough then introduces Frog and Sheep and Goat, who yeomanly lend a hand. As Duck's wheels at last gain traction and he tools off into the sunset, he literally does his helpmates dirty: ``This is the Duck driving home in the truck/leaving the Frog, the Sheep, and the GoatStuck in the muck!'' A tale that is sweet, funny, and messythree attributes with which any child can identifycombines with sprightly verse and inviting illustrations to make Alborough's latest a thorough success. (Picture book. 3-6) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Jez was born in Kingston upon Thames in 1959. He went to art school in Norwich and then set about entering the competitve world of children's books. Jez has now written and illustrated over thirty picture books for children, he was runner up of the 1985 Mother Goose Award with his first book Bare Bear. Jez lives in London with his Danish wife.

Customer Reviews

It's a cute story with great rhymes.
Dawn
It's the only book I've memorized from reading so many times!
SharrieLynn
I love this book & my 2 year old son loves it too!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By mister hernandez on September 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a volunteer reader for the Denver Public Library and I recently read this book to a group of preschool children. It's a fun book! The rhyming and repetition patterns of the text are characteristic of some of the finest books for young people. As far as the content of the story, yes, Duck is a character of suspect temperament, but I thought the author made that clear (Duck is an antihero). You are not expected to cheer for him. Besides as the reader, you should point out Duck's flaws to your listeners (it's your "moral" obligation). Ask your son/daughter how he/she would feel if someone treated him/her the way Duck treats his "friends". I spent time with my listeners and asked them about whether Duck was being nice to the other characters in the story and emphasized the importance of treating people well....check out the book for yourself at a library.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I agree wholeheartedly with the reviews that say "Bad Manners" review is shortsighted to say the least. If you want to engage in passive parenting and not use this book in any interactive and instructive way, then I suppose it's not the best choice. Why? Duck is like many people we meet in the world, not a bad Duck, just a little lacking in the social graces and a tad self-absorbed. Fortunately, he has good friends that model the good stuff and help him with his quandry. His story is told in a fun and engaging way with wonderful rhymes and gorgeous illustrations. It's a great book for engaging youngsters in discussions about things like friendship, patience, problem-solving and gratitude...in a completely age-appropriate way. And it's a fun ride, to boot.

Bad book? Not at all. Perhaps for someone who wants a book to do her parenting for her. But most will find it a treasure. Personally, I find it refreshing that this book teaches little lessons without explicitly telling you what those lessons are. It means I get to talk with my child--and that's what "quality time" is all about! BUY IT!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Warrigal on March 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My kids have both loved this one. The art is inspired, the predicament is hilarious, the rhyme scheme mostly works, Duck is the most gloriously hopeless egoist since Mr Toad, and the author appears to have faith in parents in general and thus leaves the ethical commentary up to you.

The ending has been the object of some controversy, but I like to think that Frog, Sheep and Goat took themselves off to the pub by way of an epilogue, forged a friendship for the ages, and then dined out on the story for years.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "kubakat" on May 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a funny book whether you are 2 or 70! The predicament of the duck and his friends is delightful. The illustrations are lovely. I have looked for more books by this author. Great book, in the most frequently requested pile....
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Green Millie on May 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I really like the whole duck series. I first borrowed "Fix-It-Duck" from the library, and then I ended up buying it because my son (and I) enjoyed it so much. Then I borrowed "Duck in the Truck" and "Captain Duck." These are very amusing stories which are really well written and well illustrated. (The cadence of Fix-It-Duck is particularly pleasing.) I highly recommend all three. Yes, this duck is a bit rude at times, but I think it just provides a good opportunity for you to talk with your child about what he/she should do in the same circumstances. For example, at the end of "Duck in the Truck," the duck drives off and leaves his helpmates stuck. This is where you can explain how the duck, in turn, should have helped his friends get out of the mud. Another example is when the duck snaps at the sheep for honking his horn and telling him to move out of the way. Well, the duck is upset and stressed b/c his truck is stuck in mud, so I'm not surprised that he wasn't all sweetness and light in his response! I hope you enjoy these books as much as my family has.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Silverstone VINE VOICE on January 11, 2007
Format: Board book
This is my 2-year-old's favorite book right now. The illustrations are quite clever with some wonderful expressions and body language on the duck and friends. The storyline is simple with a lot of rhyming words which contributes to my daughter's enjoyment. The ending is not quite what one expects, but it can easily be turned into a discussion as to why the duck abandons his friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My son absolutely loves this book and so do I!! Poor duck is always getting into trouble and dragging his friends along with him (literally)! This time his truck is stuck in the muck. All the duck books are great to read over and over again, and they have great pictures as well. ( Fix it Duck is a must have along with this ).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LonestarReader VINE VOICE on September 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
When I read to kids, I enjoy it so much when the story has some rhythm and rhyme. This is a simple little story that is a fun read with very entertaining illustrations. The animal characters are drawn with humor and expression. The book would be a great choice for emerging readers since the illustrations and rhymes support the beginning reader. The storyline is presented in frames on some pages which would help with sequencing and retelling also.
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