DUCK GETS A JOB by Sonny Ross


by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 6
Email this review


A hip-looking white duck with a bandanna and blue ankle boots tries to find a job he will enjoy.

Duck looks for a city job despite the dull-seeming descriptions he reads in the job ads. After snagging an interview, his next task is to assemble his interview suit: a black hat and an attaché case. After small mishaps on the way, he is interviewed by a faceless white man (Mr. Boss) and gets the position. In his cubicle, surrounded by white humans, he is bored into slumber by spreadsheets. Leaving that job, he decides to become an artist. (Is this autobiographical?) This time, a black woman, wearing jeans and the same blue ankle boots as Duck, interviews him. He finally finds his niche at Creative Magazine and happily commutes, via skateboard! The text is short, in keeping with early-elementary attention spans, though the theme seems better suited to millennials than little kids. The posterlike mixed-media illustrations are droll, but the limited palette, relying on blues, browns, white, and black, likewise has a very mature look. Visual jokes add interest (inclusion of ducks in famous paintings is amusing), but the adults sharing this with children seem to be the appropriate audience. Still, the important message here is that the creative life is a great choice.

The book effectively suggests that the term “rat race” may no longer be applicable to urban job life, but its audience is uncertain. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: June 12th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-7636-9896-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Templar/Candlewick
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2018


ChildrenANIMALS WORK by Ted Lewin
by Ted Lewin
ChildrenART DOG by Thacher Hurd
by Thacher Hurd