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DUCK ON A TRACTOR by David Shannon


by David Shannon ; illustrated by David Shannon

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-545-61941-7
Publisher: Blue Sky/Scholastic

In this similarly funny sequel to Duck on a Bike (2002), Shannon’s adventurous Duck returns to conquer his next riding challenge—a tractor!

Though Duck’s fellow animals have some doubts, his prior triumph subdues them. “Well, if he can ride a bike, maybe he can drive a tractor, too!” It’s a rough go at first, as, unlike a bike, a tractor requires ignition. But after a quick twiddle with the pedals and sticks, Duck turns on the big red machine, perfecting his tractor-driving skills in no time. The fun begins when he invites everyone to hop aboard. As Goat, Cow, Dog, Pig and Pig, and the rest of the gang clamber, jump, and fly to join Duck on the tractor, the resulting chaos delights and thrills with every manic facial expression and every bleat, yowl, and holler. Things take another turn for the delightful when Duck steers onto the main road and trundles by a diner full of people, including some familiar faces. The ensuing reaction shots from the diner’s patrons range from wacky to comically bewildered, utilizing a tight wide angle to frame each batch of faces. Zany humor once again radiates from both pictures and text: reading out loud is a real delight. Bright, textured colors heighten the madcap antics of each character. The finale wraps things up with a mischievous wink.

Fans of Duck’s previous outing will revel in this return to gentle anarchy.

(Picture book. 4-8)