Dino Duckling

Alison Murray

Book - 2017

A funny and touching celebration of difference, based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling. Dino Duckling can dive, swim and fish just like his duckling brothers and sisters. But when the time comes for the family fly south for the winter, Dino Duckling finds he really is different!

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Genres
Picture books
Published
London : Orchard 2017.
Language
English
Physical Description
29 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 30cm
ISBN
031651313X
9780316513135
9781408340189
1408340186
Main Author
Alison Murray (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This funny, inspiring read shows how a loving family can both celebrate and cope with differences. When a blue T. rex hatches from a duck's clutch of eggs, it's very apparent that he's different from his siblings. As the tiny ducklings follow Mama Duck through the forest, Dino Duckling thrashes behind, trampling the trees and accidentally making waves once they reach the pond. Though Mama Duck is steadfast in saying that being different makes no difference at all, Dino Duckling finds being different quite difficult. The colorful illustrations, created with screen-printing and digital techniques, use flat backgrounds to spotlight the contrast between Dino Duckling and the ducks. In a set of zany panels, the young T. rex fails miserably as he tries to run, jump, and flap so that he can fly south with his family for the winter. The dejected dino sinks into a mound of despair when he believes he's been abandoned, but Mama and his sibs soon return with a creative solution to their problem. A silly, affirming take on "The Ugly Duckling." Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

With her signature retro art, Murray (Hare and Tortoise) gives "The Ugly Duckling" a prehistoric spin. Dino Duckling's differences are on display even before he's hatched—in the book's opening scene, his pale purple egg towers over those of his soon-to-be-siblings. But Mama Duck is always there to reassure: "Big and wide,/ sleek and slim,/ we're a family/ and we all fit in," she tells her tiny yellow hatchlings and hulking blue tyrannosaur. Mama Duck also teaches her children to "celebrate their differences," and Murray shows the ducklings gleefully diving off of Dino Duckling's tail into the pond below. When it's time to fly south to a warmer climate, Dino Duckling's lack of feathers seems to be a difference he can't overcome, and he worries that he's been left behind. Of course, his fears are unfounded. "We're a family, so we'll find a way," says Mama Duck (it turns out that Dino Duckling is both a good brother and an effective raft). Murray's big-hearted tale and bold screenprints offer a comforting message of acceptance and solidarity. Ages 4–8. (Jan.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Dino Duckling can dive, swim and fish just like his duckling brothers and sisters. But when the time comes for the family to fly south for the winter, Dino Duckling finds he really is different!

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Accepted as one of the family when he hatches in a duck's nest, Dino Duckling happily settles in with Mama Duck and his duckling siblings but wonders how he will be able to fly south for the winter without wings. 25,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A funny and touching celebration of difference, based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling. Dino Duckling can dive, swim and fish just like his duckling brothers and sisters. But when the time comes for the family fly south for the winter, DinoDuckling finds he really is different!

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Dino Duckling looks nothing like his siblings, but Mama Duck says that doesn't matter because they are all a family, but when they get ready to fly South for the winter, Dino Duckling is left behind.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

In this fun and endearing celebration of differences, a dinosaur finds a home with a family of ducks--a fresh twist on the beloved "The Ugly Duckling" tale. Even as an egg, Dino Duckling is different from all the other baby ducks. And when he's born, no one seems to notice that he's actually a dinosaur! Mama Duck knows that there is plenty of room for difference in a loving family, but there's one big problem: How will Dino Duckling fly south for the winter without any wings? Can Dino Duckling ever truly belong? Alison Murray's heartwarming reinvention of a classic is perfect for anyone who has ever wondered how to fit in.