Duck found a book, but it doesn't have pictures. At first, he gets frustrated, but when his friend Grasshopper asks if he can read the book, he gives it a try. He shares (with the reader) the kinds of words he is reading: sad, wild, funny, and peaceful, among others. In the end, he discovers that his book with no pictures is pretty cool after all.
I. Love. This. Book. Young children will love listening to the story and creating their own to go with the fun illustrations. The idea that they are reading a book with pictures (even though Duck says there are none) will not be lost on them! There aren't a lot of words, but they are exceptionally chosen and expressive. Duck's insecurity about his own ability is well expressed when he says "words are difficult." Students learning to read will connect with that sentiment, but, because of Duck, may be encouraged to keep trying!
A few, well-selected words allow readers to enjoy this story of discovery. Kids learning how to read will appreciate Duck's comments about some words being hard ... and all readers will love the expressiveness of the illustrations and how they complement his simple word categories.
Despite its title, *this* book is a picture book. The irony will not be lost on young readers.
Explore the world as Duck sees it by asking your young reader for examples of different types of words. What are other words that are sad or peaceful? With second graders, it is a chance to explore synonyms. Each spread offers a story within a story that readers can create on their own, too.
6 and Up
3 to 8
Buy! Duck is adorable, his expressions are priceless, and the kids will want to read this over and over again.