Monday, April 1, 2019

Grumpy Duck

Grumpy Duck. Joyce Dunbar. Illustrated by Petr Horacek. 2019. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: Duck was feeling grumpy. The pond was dry, so she couldn't paddle in it. She had no one to play with. A little gray cloud appeared over her head.

Premise/plot: Duck is GRUMPY...and she's getting grumpier by the minute. Her friends try time and time and time again to cheer her up, to give her something to do besides feeling upset and/or out of sorts. Can this day be saved?!

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this one. It is always much funnier to read about CRANKY, GRUMPY characters than it is to deal with them in real life. Duck is, in my opinion, relatable. I think readers of all ages will be able to connect with Duck and HER MOOD.

Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 4 out of 5
Total: 8 out of 10

© 2019 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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