HAVE YOU SEEN DUCK?
Age Range: 3 - 7
A young boy celebrates his special bond with his stuffed Duck in this latest in the lovey-lost-lovey-found genre. All is right with the world when Duck and the narrator are together. He is Duck’s hero, bringing him everywhere, making him feel safe and cheering him up. But then one day Duck is not anywhere. The boy asks around, describing his lovey—“yellow and raggedy,” “smells like a blanket,” “soft and woolly”—but no one has seen Duck. Forlorn, the boy cannot eat, takes a non-splashy bath and just doesn’t want to do anything without his lovey. But luckily, just before bed, Duck turns up, and, now, Duck is the boy’s hero. Bentley’s charming watercolors present the epitome of a little boy (bare feet and all) and his well-loved stuffy. Peanuts-like, no adult faces intrude on this relationship. The narrator exudes confidence throughout the first half of the book, and his sadness at the end is palpable. Holmes has crafted a very sweet story, but it lacks the humor that keeps readers reaching for Knuffle Bunny or the nudge toward independence of Amber Stewart’s I’m Big Enough (2007). (Picture book. 3-7)