Synopses & Reviews
This isn’t a book about books; it’s a book about learning to read. A duckling with a pink beak picks up a fat volume and discovers in the irritated comment of the title that it has no pictures. “Can you read it?” asks his sidekick a bug. “I’m not sure” says the duckling. “Words are so difficult.” In luminous watercolors Ruzzier (Two Mice) shows the duckling and bug crossing into a strange many colored world where unfamiliar words are represented as odd machines blobby shapes and bizarre creatures. When the duckling stumbles on a word he knows (“bee” “flower”) its recognizable image pops up among the mysterious ones. Duckling and bug wander through the ever changing landscape of reading—“There are wild words... and peaceful words”—before landing cozily in bed. Ruzzier’s story offers gentle empathy for kids tackling this intimidating task. Observant readers will note that the endpapers represent learning to read too; the initial pair retells the story as a beginner might see it with most of the words scrambled while the words of the final endpapers read clearly—and no pictures there either. Ages 3–5. Agent: Jennifer Laughran Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."