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Duck in the Truck

by Jez Alborough

Category: Children & Teen Non-Fiction / Young Children's, Early Learning & Special Book Types
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 7 August 2000
Number of pages: 30

Reading Age: To 6

Here comes Duck in his truck, the wonderful new character soon to be the focus of a whole new series. But watch out for that rock Duck ...too late Duck's truck is stuck in the muck! The truck is well and truly stuck, but luckily help is at hand in the form of a Frog. When the Frog and the Duck fail to eject the truck, they enlist the help of a Sheep who just happens to be passing by in his green jeep. But even the might of the sheep can't move the truck. Fortunately, there is a nearby lake and at this very moment a clever goat floats by relaxing in his boat. He devises a cunning plan which does indeed set the truck free...but with unexpected and hilarious consequences. AGE 4-7

Big, glossy and funny, this story of Duck, who gets stuck in the muck and relies on help from a passing frog, sheep and goat, is written in a rhyming verse similar to the one used in 'This is the house that Jack built'. The illustrations, also by Alborough, are bright and simple and the animals' expressions are perfectly recognizable, particularly the grumpy sheep. A great book for 'sharing with' young children. 3-5 years (Kirkus UK)

What the papers say:
"This is the duck driving home in a truck. This is the track which is taking him back. This is the rock stuck by the truck and this is the muck where the truck becomes stuck." Thus is the scene set for a comic escapade involving a sheep in a jeep and a goat in a motorboat, trying all a manner of tricks to free the cantankerous duck. Alborough's text is perfect for reading out loud, and the mix of close-up and panoramic illustrations give an animated, live action feel. Junior Magazine Nov '99

Author's Biography:
Jez was born in Kingston upon Thames in 1959. He went to art school in Norwich and then set about entering the competitve world of children's books. Jez has now written and illustrated over thirty picture books for children, he was runner up of the 1985 Mother Goose Award with his first book Bare Bear. Jez lives in London with his Danish wife.

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