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Duck for President Hardcover – January 1, 2008

4.5 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews
Book 3 of 5 in the Click, Clack, Moo Series

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PreSchool-Grade 2--This award-winning team returns with a third story of farm animals with ambition. Duck is tired of doing his chores (mowing the lawn and grinding the coffee beans), and decides to hold an election to replace Farmer Brown. When he wins, Duck quickly realizes that running a farm requires too much hard work, and sets out to run for governor. With the help of the hens, and speeches "that only other ducks can understand," he eventually ends up running the country. Executive office gives him a headache, however, so Duck returns to the farm to work on his autobiography--on a computer, with the typewriter from Click, Clack, Moo(S & S, 2000) in the wastepaper bin next to him. Lewin's characteristic humorous watercolors with bold black outlines fill the pages with color and jokes. Cronin's text is hilarious for kids and adults and includes a little math and quite a bit about the electoral process. The animals, who have no verbal language that humans can understand, are empowered by the use of the written word, and the subliminal message comes through loud and clear--one can almost hear youngsters thinking, "Watch out grown-ups! Just wait till I learn to read."--Jane Barrer, Washington Square Village Creative Steps, New York City
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"A great tool for parents and teachers seeking to make learning fun."

"Cronin again balances wit and jovial warmth in scenarios that will have readers laughing out loud.... This sitcom on the farm more than lives up to its title and demands repeat visits."

Cronin's text is hilarious for kids and adults and includes a little math and quite a bit about the electoral process. The animals, who have no verbal language that humans can understand, are empowered by the use of the written word." -- School Library Journal 3/1/2004 "School Library Journal 3/1/2004" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416958002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416958000
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,102,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Writing a satirical picture book is very hard work. Yet when author Doreen Cronin and her partner in crime illustrator Betsy Lewin wanted to write a coy clever encapsulation of politics for young `uns, they knew they had a character at their fingertips just itching to be used. Having first appeared in the duo's much loved, "Click, Clack, Moo", and risen to power in the subsequent, "Giggle, Giggle, Quack", Duck is a hero for our times. Now the famous fowl has set his sights on a goal worthy of his stature. He's running for president.

When the book begins Duck is working at Farmer Brown's farm, doing the necessary chores. But this becomes tedious to Duck and he insists on holding an election. Farmer Brown is chagrined soon after to find that Duck beat him fair and square. Duck is pleased with his success, but he soon finds that running a farm is hard work. Very hard work. So, without further ado, Duck runs for governor. Sporting placards that read, "I'm a duck, not a politician!", he visits small-town diners, marches in parades, and (my favorite line in the book), "gave speeches that only other ducks could understand". Duck beats the governor but finds that running a state is, you got it, "very hard work". So it's off to run for the presidency. You see where this is going. After making it into the White House duck finally finds that he still has to do a lot of work. A quick searching of the want ads reveal that Farmer Brown is looking for a good duck. The VP is placed in charge, duck returns to the farm, and the last shot we see of him is as he's writing out his memoirs.

This is probably my favorite book out of all the Cronin/Lewin concoctions. Kids will be amused by duck's antics and the silly ways in which he rises to power.
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I love Doreen Cronin's work, and this book is no exception- I absolutely loved Duck for President, as did my parents, and my little sister (who is in high school). Cronin's humor is quirky and fun, and her books are always as enjoyable for adults to read as for children.
The reason that I didn't give the book more stars is this: My 6 year old niece, who loved Click, Clack, Moo and Diary of a Worm was somewhat less than enthusiastic about Duck for President. I don't think she quite got the humor of it. I still think it's a great book... But- for the age group that it's aimed at, it's a little off the mark.
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I love the other two books in this series, Click Clack Moo and Giggle Giggle Quack. I think this new book is the funniest yet. The story centers on our loveable trouble maker Duck who decides that he is tired of his chores. In order to get out of his farm duties he decides to run for head of the farm. Much to farmer Browns chagrin he is elected but when the job proves to be too much to handle he moves on to the governors office and finally the presidency. There are a ton of insider jokes about politics throughout the book that will go over the kids heads. But that is exactly what makes it so fun for me to read. One particularily funny part has Duck going on late night tv to play the saxophone ala Bill Clinton. Also I am from Florida and there were a few jokes aimed at us relating to sticky ballots lost and close elections. My four and a half year old daughter enjoyed the book because she loves Duck but most of the content was beyond her. The book is very timely now with the upcoming elections and I think most kids can gleam a little of the political process from it while anyone who can remember the past couple of presidential elections will find it hysterical.
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By A Customer on June 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. The pictures are sweet, the illustrations are beautiful, and the message is really clever.
I am 24, and I love this book.
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A Kid's Review on January 30, 2005
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I am a fith grader but I still like to read this book. I think it is very clever because it relates the duck to real presidents like he plays the saxaphone and one of his logos is "I Like Duck." This book can be for all ages including adults. There are numerous hillarious parts in the story. The illustrations are very funny and creative, also. The duck is very adorable so it is hard not to fall in love with the book.
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"Click Clack Moo" and "Giggle Giggle Quack" are big favorites at my house; their charming illustrations and witty sentences make them favorites with both kid and grown-up, despite some bits that adults will understand more than kids: how many kids know old manual typewriters and the funny sounds they make? In the first two books, it does not seem to matter: the riotous humor comes from the entertaining idea that cows would go on strike to get electric blankets, or that ducks would argue for a diving board.
"Duck for President" the humor seems geared almost exclusively to the grown-ups, or at least to much, much older children. Duck leaves the farm to run for public office, so we lose the funny interactions between all the animals and their farm humans. My daughter would have preferred more of this compared to the details of Duck's runs for mayor governor and President.
I get the sense that the enormous talents of Cronin and Lewin were twisted towards this topic by an editor with an eye for election-year sales. ...
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