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Odd Duckby Cecil Castellucci
Synopses & Reviews
Theodora is a perfectly normal duck. She may swim with a teacup balanced on her head and stay north when the rest of the ducks fly south for the winter, but there's nothing so odd about that.
Chad, on the other hand, is one strange bird. Theodora quite likes him, but she can't overlook his odd habits. It's a good thing Chad has a normal friend like Theodora to set a good example for him.
But who exactly is the odd duck here? Theodora may not like the answer.
Sara Varon (Robot Dreams) teams up with Cecil Castellucci (Grandma's Gloves) for a gorgeous, funny, and heartwarming examination of the perils and pleasures of friendship.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013
"Castellucci's comics-style chapter book explores a misfit friendship with lots of help from Varon's bubbly, lighthearted artwork. 'Feathers not well-oiled!' shouts a caption balloon, reflecting Theodora Duck's alarm about her hipstery new neighbor, Chad, as she stands over him, 'welcome' cake in hand. Chad also makes strange sculptures, has multicolored feathers, and scratches himself with a fork. But after an invitation ('Would you like to look through my telescope?') and a revelation ('She had never looked so closely at a star'), Theodora discovers that Chad makes a good companion. Varon (Robot Dreams) has fun contrasting Theodora's prissy femininity with Chad's slovenliness. When a chance remark from a bystander leads to a rift (which of them is the 'odd duck'?), Castellucci (The Year of the Beasts) handles Theodora's remorse and the friends' reconciliation with humor and insight. It's more of a rom-com than a story about juvenile friendship, but silly details like Theodora's swimming posture exercises ('Teacup did not fall once! A new personal best!'), the ducks' ridiculously stringy arms and legs, and the careful avoidance of mush will click with the book's audience. Ages 6 — up. Author's agent: Kirby Kim, William Morris Endeavor." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Cecil Castellucci's books include Boy Proof (Candlewick, 2005), The Plain Janes (Minx/DC Comics, 2007), and The Year of the Beasts (Roaring Brook, 2012). She collaborated with artist Sara Varon on Odd Duck, a graphic novel for young readers. She is the YA editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books and a two time Macdowell Fellow. She lives in Los Angeles.
Originally from the Chicago area, Sara Varon now resides in Brooklyn, New York. When not drawing, she likes to visit the flowers in her yard and pet the neighborhood dogs. Like Theodora, she might be considered an odd duck. Her books include Robot Dreams, Bake Sale, Chicken and Cat, and Chicken and Cat Clean Up. Odd Duck is her most recent graphic novel.
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