Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Nathaniel Eckstrom
Duck! The ‘quiet afternoon on the farm’ with swishing horse tails and cud chewing cows, is disturbed by shouting! What is going on? Horse reminds his alarmed feathered friend that while he is ‘small and waddly’, Horse is ‘noble and tall‘. Thereafter, when Cow tells the small and waddly animal with ‘funny webbed feet’, that she, in fact, has ‘fine cloven hooves’. Can the bird with ‘funny webbed feet’ penetrate Pig’s ‘fine pink snout’ through his call? It seems not!
Sheep lays out all the animal categories for Duck, ‘Are you even listening? You are a duck and he is a horse and she is a cow and he is a pig and I am a sheep…’ By this stage, readers will be bursting with curiosity and frustration! Listen to the fine feathered farm bird! What will make all the animals pay attention, for….
Duck! joins other funny farm centred picture books such as Brenda is a Sheep and Baabwaa & Wooliam though it’s message is quite different. What’s more this uproarious title is bound to result in loud joining in and actions! Pay attention, for you never know when you may need to…