A lonely duck with a wonky leg and a blind chicken form an unlikely friendship in a story of friendship, humour and adventure. Readers are left to ponder deep life questions, and left wondering if you can have an adventurous journey in your backyard with just a bit (or a lot) of imagination? Gecko Press specialise in translated stories and this book was first published in German, written by Ulrich Hub, a writer, actor, screenwriter and director.
The gestural, and expressive illustrations by Jorg Muhle add whimsy to the story. There are changes in type colour and size and a few dark pages when the duo are deep in a forest, this variation in text style helps readers feel like they are on part of the journey too.
I loved the relationship between the Duck and the Chicken. Like all good friendships they don't always see eye to eye, or even get along, but they are support each other and in the end they accept their differences - "You know what bothers me about you?" "What?" "Nothing".
A gentle story for emergent readers who are looking for a step up into easier chapter books.
Title: Duck's Backyard
Author: Ulrich Hub
Illustrator: Jorg Muhle
Translator: Helena Kirkby
Publisher: Gecko Press
Date of Publication: 2022
Ages: (Age range or level that the book is suitable for): 7+
Do you have any advisory warnings for this book: No
Would this book work as a read aloud? Yes
Is there a particular part of the country that it's set in? No
Reviewer': Louana McCormack, Librarian, Opaheke School, Auckland
How are you recommending this book? Recommended
What is the book's opening sentence? It all begins in a lonely backyard where the sun never shines.
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