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Fix-it Duck (Duck in the Truck) Paperback – July 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Duck in the Truck
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007106246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007106240
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,250,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The trouble begins with a leaky roof in the sequel to Duck in a Truck, Fix-It Duck by Jez Alborough, and follows the, er, handy quacker on a series of missteps.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

reSchool-Grade 1-Duck, Sheep, Goat, and Frog are together again in this sequel to Duck in the Truck (HarperCollins, 1999). This time, Duck fancies himself a repairman when he thinks his roof is leaking. He leaves to enlist the help of his friends and finds more things that seem to need fixing, only to cause havoc and quite a bit of damage to unfortunate Sheep's trailer. In the very first picture, Frog notices the real reason for the leak (Duck has forgotten to turn off his bathwater), but he cannot get his attention. Alborough tells the story in rhyming couplets with a cadence that engages listeners and advances the action through hilarious scenes. The large, vivid illustrations provide the visual narration for the misadventures. The pictures both delight (bright red truck, vibrant green jeep, multicolored umbrella) and comfort (claw-foot bathtub, fluffy bathrobe, steaming mugs). This book will have broad appeal to preschool audiences and work well for storytime crowds.
Laurie von Mehren, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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

The illustrations are great and add to the story.
Linda Long
He has the the entire book memorized and out of all of his books we read this one at least twice a day.
T. Winter
This book is hysterical, my husband absolutely loves reading this book to our 3 year old daughter.
J. St John

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on June 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"Plop! goes the drip that drops in the cup. Duck looks down and Duck looks up. A leak in the roof. Oh, what bad luck! This is a job for...FIX-IT DUCK." Now, how to fix that roof. It's way too high to reach, so he drives over to his friend, Sheep's house to borrow a ladder. While there, he hears a "rattle, creak, and squeak." Sheep's window is stuck. Never fear...this is a job for Fix-It Duck. "He does what he can to close up the gap. He glues it, screws it, and gives it a tap." SMASH..... And so begins an entertaining chain of events story that will have little ones giggling as Fix-It Duck causes one mishap after another while trying to "help" his friends. Jez Alborough's lilting, rhyming text is engaging, and filled with energy, rhythm, and humor. Bold, bright, and busy cartoon artwork adds just the right touch to this hilarious misadventure, and sharp readers will notice the source of Duck's leaky roof trouble on the endpapers and title page (a running bathtub faucet), and will revel in the fact that they're in on the joke. Perfect for preschoolers, Fix-It Duck is a wonderful, manic romp that begs to be shared and read aloud, and a terrific sequel to Mr Alborough's Duck In The Truck.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A great read-aloud for preschool through 2nd grade (at least). I love the way Jez Alborough has used the pages so creatively by varying the drawing "frames" and the text "boxes." Kids will love how Duck fearlessly bumbles through trying to fix one thing and then another, making things worse and worse. The tension builds throughout the book until the surprise ending. Make sure you carefully examine the two-page spreads at the beginning and end of the book. The first sets the stage for what's to come, and the last one gives closure to the story. It reminds me of WATCH OUT, BIG BRO' IS COMING! by the perspective used in the pictures, and the surprise ending.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Warrigal on November 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Like The Empire Strikes Back, a sequel that is even better than its predecessor. Duck once again combines guileless ego, an over-reaching confidence and a breezy facility for externalising his troubles and wreaks havoc as a self-appointed handyman. His long-suffering friends - frog, sheep and goat - are again along for the ride and Alborough's hilarious, rhyming text will have you hamming it up like the voice talent on a Pixar DVD extra. As noted in previous reviews, the illustrations are full of enjoyable detail and layouts have a flair and sophistry more often seen in comic strips directed at older readers. Don't overlook the first and last pages, which serve as preface and epilogue in illustrated form. For readers aged 3 and up, this has been a very welcome addition to our home library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is wonderful - it has my 3 and 4 year old girls rolling with laughter. They know all the rhymes and and sometimes say them before me.
We have had it almost a year and they still want to read it all the time. Fortunately it reads aloud so well that I am happy to oblige.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A great read-aloud for preschool through 2nd grade (at least). I love the way Jez Alborough has used the pages so creatively by varying the drawing "frames" and the text "boxes." Kids will love how Duck fearlessly bumbles through trying to fix one thing and then another, making things worse and worse. The tension builds throughout the book until the surprise ending. Make sure you carefully examine the two-page spreads at the beginning and end of the book. The first sets the stage for what's to come, and the last one gives closure to the story. It reminds me of WATCH OUT, BIG BRO' IS COMING! by the perspective used in the pictures, and the surprise ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. K. on May 29, 2008
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
It's okay, the story is fine. But compared to Duck in the Truck this one is just okay.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Silverstone VINE VOICE on April 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
After leaving his friends stuck in the muck, Duck is living in the same rural area as Sheep, Frog and Goat. Unfortunately for them, Duck now fancies himself a handyman. However, his absent-minded ways make him more of a menace than a helper. In fact, his "Fix-It" skills are less than even any shade tree mechanic. Like with the first book, Alborough manages to surprise with a clever twist, that on second reading his foreshadowed throughout the book. Once again the clever story line is complemented extremely well by the outstanding illustrations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Robinson on March 12, 2007
Format: Board book
A short, rhyming story, this would make an excellent read-aloud for younger kids. Duck is sitting in his living room on a rainy day when a drop of water drips into his tea cup. He immediately launches into "Fix-It Duck" mode, setting out to repair the roof. But he doesn't have a ladder, so he sets out to borrow one from his friend Sheep. Sheep mentions that the window in his own roof (Sheep lives in a camper) leaks, and Fix-It Duck is on the job again. The reader rapidly figures out that Fix-It Duck, while well-intentioned, is an uncoordinated and accident-prone menace. But the thing about Duck is that he never gives up when things don't go as planned. He just makes a new plan, and keeps on going. For example, here's when he "fixes" Sheep's window:

He does what he can to close up the gap.

He glues it, screws it and gives it a tap.

(SMASH - picture of broken window)

"The problem," says Duck, "is your glass is too thin."

"My house," wails Sheep. "The rain's coming in!"

"What we need," says Duck, with a glint in his eye,

"is to pull your house to somewhere dry."

And things get more out of control from there, with an added, funny twist revealed at the end.

I found the text in this book quite catchy. It reads like a song. I was making lunch immediately after reading it, and kept hearing "This is a job for ... Fix-It Duck" repeating in my head, in a cheerful sort of way. The illustrations are exuberant and whimsical, with enough attention to detail to reward repeat readings. For instance, the amiable Duck drinks his tea out of a smiley-face mug, while the house-proud Sheep has a vase of colorful flowers in his window, and serves tea in flower-printed mugs.
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