He braves the wild and performs daring stunts...in his dreams.
In his superhero cape, extra-strong helmet, and X-ray glasses, Daredevil Duck is the bravest in the world...sort of. Actually, he wants to be brave but is afraid of many things—things that are too high, too wet, too dark, too fluttery. Sometimes the other ducks tease him. (He rides a rather squeaky tricycle.) But somehow, simply by trying new things, Daredevil Duck manages to conquer some of his fears. Not that there aren't some setbacks: his ride on the lake in an inner tube terrifies him. When he tremulously climbs a tree to rescue a garrulous mole's yellow balloon, he ends up taking an unexpected flight, succeeding at this bit of derring-do. From then on, he tries to be brave in smaller ways, like turning off the light when he goes to bed and zooming on his tricycle without holding on. Though they tease him a bit, his friends get it and actually give him the title of bravest duck in the world, emblazoned in a double-gatefold spread. The book's ingenious design features several flaps of various shapes and sizes that allow readers to see Daredevil Duck both as he is and as he imagines himself. This device beautifully supports Alder's valuable message about childhood fears.
Simple, sweet, and very effective. (Picture book. 3-6)