Grumpy duck

Joyce Dunbar

Book - 2019

Duck is grumpy in light of the fact that the pond is dry and when she complains to her friends, they each welcome her to play with them.

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Subjects
Genres
Fiction
Picture books
Published
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2019.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN
9781536204247
1536204242
Main Author
Joyce Dunbar (author)
Other Authors
Petr Horáček (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Duck is sulking and stomping around the farmyard with highly expressive orange feet. Her grumpiness is justified in one respect—the pond has dried up, so there's no paddling—but otherwise it's self-indulgent. She claims she has no one to play with, even though her friends are the very definition of solicitous (Goat, who is munching on the laundry hung out to dry, even offers to share a shirt snack). Duck just gets grumpier, peering down her pointy beak with scorn and disdain as a gray cloud that's been forming over her head grows bigger and bigger, turning "blue and purple and yellow until it was BLACK!" and putting everyone in a foul mood (Tortoise decides "to stay in his shell forever and ever"). Horác?ek, usually a solo act, makes a winning team with Dunbar (Pat-a-Cake Baby), her brisk, direct prose providing sufficient personality and emotional momentum to match his gorgeously textured animal portraits: a radiantly pink pig wallows in brocadelike crimson mud; a rooster is a riot of copper and emerald feathers. A glorious, giddy group rain dance—and homage to "Singin' in the Rain"—closes the book, showing that no cloud or mood can stay dark forever. Ages 3–7. (Mar.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—Duck is grumpy because the pond is dry and she has no one to play with. When she complains to several animals, they each invite her to play with them. Dog suggests they dig holes. "Digging holes would make my feathers dirty," says Duck. She refuses Pig's offer to play in his "gloopy puddle," because ducks don't like gloop. Duck would rather quack than join Rooster in a "cockadoodle chorus." She calls Rabbit silly for proposing a hopping contest, finds Tortoise's offer to doze together boring, and refuses to eat clothes with Goat. With each rejection, the small black cloud over Duck's head enlarges until it becomes so "ginormous" that now all the animals are grumpy. Not to worry, though. The gigantic cloud doesn't "block out the sun forever" but instead releases torrents of rain. The pond fills up, and the animals, happy again, join Duck as she "splish[es]" and "splosh[es]" in the downpour. Endpapers filled with large raindrops hint at what will eventually relieve Duck's gloom. The mixed-media illustrations, all gorgeous double-page bleeds, depict an elongated duck, head bent under an ever-present cloud. The detailed renderings of each animal are large, sometimes spilling onto an opposing page until each appears shrunken in gloom under a cloud-filled sky. The animals' exuberant enjoyment of the rain and the rainbow that follows is a delightful conclusion. VERDICT Repetitive text and plenty of onomatopoeic sounds that encourage group participation make this an excellent choice for group sharing.—Marianne Saccardi, Children's Literature Consultant, Cambridge, MA Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Feeling very grumpy when her pond dries up, Duck stomps around under an increasingly gloomy cloud, rejecting offers to join her animal friends in their pastimes, including rolling in the mud with Pig and eating laundry with Goat, until a change in the weather brightens everyone's mood.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Duck is grumpy in light of the fact that the pond is dry and when she complains to her friends, they each welcome her to play with them.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Duck is grumpy in light of the fact that the pond is dry, so when she complains to her friends, they each welcome her to play with them.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

When Duck's grumpiness becomes contagious, what can possibly turn it around?Duck is in a very grumpy mood. The pond is dry, and she doesn't want to roll in the mud with Pig, sing with Rooster, doze with Tortoise, eat laundry with Goat, or join any of the other animals in their pastimes. To make matters worse, the gray cloud that's following Duck is growing bigger by the minute, and now her friends are feeling gloomy as well. What will it take to cheer them all up? Two prolific picture-book creators look to the skies for a humorous tale of not-fair-weather friendship.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

When Duck’s grumpiness becomes contagious, what can possibly turn it around?Duck is in a very grumpy mood. The pond is dry, and she doesn’t want to roll in the mud with Pig, sing with Rooster, doze with Tortoise, eat laundry with Goat, or join any of the other animals in their pastimes. To make matters worse, the gray cloud that’s following Duck is growing bigger by the minute, and now her friends are feeling gloomy as well. What will it take to cheer them all up? Two prolific picture-book creators look to the skies for a humorous tale of not-fair-weather friendship.