DUCKY by Eve Bunting


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Age Range: 4 - 7
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Even with the considerable talents of Bunting (Moonstick, p. 1108, etc.) and Wisniewski (Golem, 1996), this first-person news-based story of what happens to a plastic bathtub toy when he and the other 28,999 tub toys in his crate are washed overboard during a storm at sea doesn't quite make the transition to the picture-book form. Ducky narrates his long journey into--at last--a child's hands, while an author's note about what scientists learned about currents, winds, and tides from the toys' travels upstages the fictional treatment. Although some children may find it easy to enter into the mind of a bathtub toy, the anthropomorphisms become tiresome, and the suspense is somewhat lacking. The illustrations do evoke the sense of isolation of drifting endlessly on the vast seas; this book will appeal to those who enjoy reading the adventures of toasters, but never makes the leap into the domain of such creatures as the tub people or the more tradition-entrenched little engine that could. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 22nd, 1997
ISBN: 0-395-75185-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1997


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