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Duck in the Truck Paperback – May 1, 2009

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From Publishers Weekly

"A deliciously percussive rhyming story of a feathered truck driver who becomes mired in muck and the three animal Good Samaritans who try and help him," wrote PW. "A quacking good read-aloud." Ages 3-6.
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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.
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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: 11.2 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I am writing this review because so many people are missing the best part of the book. Yes, Duck is not polite and not a very good friend. I believe that is on purpose. The world isn't always a nice place but keeping a child from this fact is actually NOT preparing them to succeed in the world. Think about the book this way. Instead of your child having to experience a mean kid at school you are able to begin to prepare your child to note bad behavior and to allow your child to feel he knows a better way to behave. He can see that choosing Duck as a friend would not be a good choice. He would see that polite words feel better to people's ears. She can feel how a kindness done without a thank you feels empty. You are the one to give these valuable lessons to your child. Use this great book to teach your child to speak nicely and be a good friend. They will get the message from your first reading of this book. Your job IS to interpret books for your very young child.
My Pre-school students and my grand children love this book. One of the best things we can do for our children is to present a simple situation, such as Duck's angry reply to Sheep and Duck leaving his friends stuck in the muck, where the child can point out mean behavior. As an adult/parent we can talk with the child about feelings and a better way to act. My grandson stops at both those places in the book each time I read it to him and points out the behavior flaws of Duck. Bravo to Jez Alborough for the opportunity to talk about being nice without having the child in tears because it happened to them. A remote experience is easier for a child to deal with. This is a wonderful book.
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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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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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