An innocent little duck wants to be a cat, just like his new feline friend.
Duck decides to become a cat, emulating his friend’s slinking ability and hoping to grow ears and claws. But Duck can’t climb a tree or play chase or bat at floating leaves. When Cat overdoes a leap and lands in the water, he clings to a log—and it is Duck to the rescue. Cat thinks Duck is a real hero, and Duck decides that it’s perfectly OK to be “just a duck.” They do a “drip-dry shimmy shake,” and their friendship thrives. Bramsen employs simple rhyming sentences that bounce along in an easy-breezy cadence. Text and illustration are neatly matched, and Duck’s and Cat’s body language and facial expressions are just right. Readers always know which character is speaking, as each has his own particular typeface. There are single- and double-page spreads, vignettes surrounded by bright white space, and multipaneled pages in strong, bright colors. The eye-catching illustrations have a three-dimensional quality, with feathers and fur, grass, tree bark, log and water all appearing textured and touchable. But the tale is equal in every way to the visual appeal. Even the youngest readers will grasp the gentle message of acceptance and friendship, where differences can be cherished and enjoyed.
Sweet, tender and delightful. (Picture book. 3-6)