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Sitting Ducks

By Michael Bedard, Michael Bedard

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Format: Paperback, 40 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 June 2001

Product Description:

Grade 1-3-Bedard's picture book features the same whimsical ducks that appear in his posters. Here, he presents a world inhabited only by white, yellow-billed ducks and wide-eyed alligators. Birds are incubated and hatched in the Colossal Duck Factory, and their eventual destination is the alligators' stomachs. One day, an egg unexpectedly falls off the conveyor belt, and the rudely hatched full-sized duck is spirited out of the factory by a hungry worker. Of course, the reptile has only stuffed poultry on his mind, but the merry antics of the little fellow turn his heart toward friendship. Eventually, the fowl learns that all of the others of his kind spend their days in Ducktown where they "eat and eat until they grow so fat they can't fly away." He mobilises the flock with the truth (in the form of a menu from The Decoy Cafe) and everyone flies south to safety. (The birds use their wings while the alligator boards a plane.) Unfortunately, skillfully rendered, comically appealing artwork just isn't enough to carry an artificially contrived story line that contains occasional lapses of logic. The characters are charming but unconvincing. Perhaps there's hidden meaning here that adult fans of Bedard will recognise, but it's also very likely that the picture-book audience won't be interested.
Alicia Eames, New York City Public Schools
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Michael Bedard has received world-wide acclaim for his humerous and allegorical paintings featuring his now famous duck characters. His most well-known poster, Sitting Ducks, ranks among the top-selling and most widely recognized images in the history of this medium. Born in Windsor, Canada, Michael now resides with his family in Topanga, a small rural community outside of Los Angeles.Michael Bedard has received world-wide acclaim for his humerous and allegorical paintings featuring his now famous duck characters. His most well-known poster, Sitting Ducks, ranks among the top-selling and most widely recognized images in the history of this medium. Born in Windsor, Canada, Michael now resides with his family in Topanga, a small rural community outside of Los Angeles.

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"Funny and poignant." --Children's Literature"This appealing book with its cast of near-irresistible ducks and only mildly menacing alligators is sure to please young readers. Bedard's sprightly illustrations make the work seem like an animated cartoon between picture book covers." --Parents Choice Funny and poignant. Children s Literature This appealing book with its cast of near-irresistible ducks and only mildly menacing alligators is sure to please young readers. Bedard s sprightly illustrations make the work seem like an animated cartoon between picture book covers. Parents Choice" Funny and poignant. Children s Literature This appealing book with its cast of near-irresistible ducks and only mildly menacing alligators is sure to please young readers. Bedard s sprightly illustrations make the work seem like an animated cartoon between picture book covers. Parents Choice" "Funny and poignant." --Children's Literature"This appealing book with its cast of near-irresistible ducks and only mildly menacing alligators is sure to please young readers. Bedard's sprightly illustrations make the work seem like an animated cartoon between picture book covers." --Parents Choice "Funny and poignant." --Children's Literature "This appealing book with its cast of near-irresistible ducks and only mildly menacing alligators is sure to please young readers. Bedard's sprightly illustrations make the work seem like an animated cartoon between picture book covers." --Parents Choice

EAN: 9780698118973
ISBN: 0698118979
Publisher: Puffin Books
Dimensions: 27.58 x 4.01 x 0.3 centimetres (0.32 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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