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DUCK ON A BIKE by David Shannon Kirkus Star


by David Shannon & illustrated by David Shannon

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: April 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-439-05023-5
Publisher: Blue Sky/Scholastic

Grab your funny bone—Shannon (The Shark God, 2001, etc.) rides again! Rather his Duck does, when one day on the farm, he gets a wild idea that he can ride a bike. After the first wobbles, Duck sails past Cow, Sheep, Dog, Cat, Horse, Chicken, Goat, Pig, and Mouse. The oversized animals’ reactions range from “How silly” to “Show-off” to “Wish I could ride!” Then a bunch of kids come riding down the farm road and park their bikes beside the house and go inside. The next double spread shows the animals staring ahead with gleeful expressions, like a light bulb lighting up—and readers will know immediately what comes next. The scene of all the animals gaily pedaling bikes is hilarious. And when they put them back, no one knows that 11 farm animals had ever been on a bike. Brightly colored illustrations display a front row, big-screen point of view with bits of images running off the edges of the spread. The in-your-face perspective of the action punctuates the comedy and the page design is ingenious. Even the end page humorously poses the next challenge for Duck—a tractor. The body language of Duck on the bike looks nothing but plausible. A “quackerjack” of a terrific escapade. (Picture book. 5-8)