The talented team who brought you the Caldecott Honor winner Click, Clack, Moo turn their sights on politics in this knee-slapping picture book starring a duck with designs on public office.
Back on the farm, Duck is fed up with chores that leave him "picking tiny bits of grass and espresso beans out of his feathers." So with a sign that reads "Farmer Brown Must Go! Farm Election Tomorrow!" the ambitious bird throws his hat in the ring, launching a remarkably successful political career. After winning the barnyard election, Duck realizes that his situation hasn't improved, and he decides to turn his attention to the governorship -- and the presidency. As it turns out, our web-footed friend has a positive gift for campaigning. He connects with voters through pancake breakfasts, parades, and television appearances and lands himself in the Oval Office! Sound like a great job? "'Running the country is no fun at all,'" thinks Duck, and with the "help" of a help-wanted ad, he peacefully retires to do what all great presidents do to preserve their legacy.
Cronin and Lewin's tale is just the ticket for lighthearted inspiration and serious laughter. Clever illustrations of Duck striking presidential poses -- including a tongue-in-cheek scene of him pondering his "fowl" fate in rough times -- are simply hysterical, making this a silly read for young kids and an even funnier one for more sophisticated types. No quacks about it, our vote goes to this dynamic duck. Matt Warner