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Duck for a Dayby Meg Mckinlay
Synopses & Reviews
What would you do to take care of the class duck for a day? A genuine, warm, and witty tale of determination and unlikely friendship.
Abbys class has a duck named Max who waddles and quacks and makes your feet all warm when he sits on them. Even though Max is a duck with demands — from an ideal aquatic environment to fresh strawberries — Abby might get to take him home overnight, if she can make everything perfect. And Abby is sure she can do it. The problem is, weird Noah from next door wants to take Max home, too. Abby can hear him digging on his side of the fence, but she knows hell never get Max. A duck needs calm, and what can Noah do about his chaotic backyard and noisy sisters? Splashed with charming illustrations and brimming with humor and heart, this story of bestlaid plans and unexpected cooperation is one that every kid will relate to.
"Offering a droll, understated narrative and angular pencil illustrations, well-matched collaborators McKinlay and Rudge make the most of an auspicious premise. Abby and her classmates are delighted when Mrs. Melvino, their daffy new teacher, introduces Max the duck, making it clear that he is no ordinary class pet: 'A duck is different. A duck has demands.' Since Abby's parents have said no to a dog 'every single birthday and every single Christmas,' but have agreed to hosting a class pet overnight, she is determined to prove to her teacher that she can meet Max's requirements. So is her neighbor, likable and disheveled Noah. The two engage in a good-natured rivalry to create a proper 'aquatic environment' for Max in their backyards. The independent-minded duck is a scene-stealer; in one episode, he uses his 'clever beak' to make a mess of the craft cupboard, signaling to Mrs. Melvino that it's craft time ('Thank you, Max!...What an excellent idea'). Underlying the story's lightheartedness is a neatly delivered lesson about responsibility and cooperation. Ages 7 — 9. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Meg McKinlay is a poet as well as a children's writer. She lives in Australia and divides her time between writing and teaching at the University of Western Australia.
Leila Rudge received a degree in illustration from Bath Spa University in her native England and now lives in Australia.
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