Duck for President: with audio recording [NOOK Book]

Overview

From the New York Times bestselling creators of Click, Clack, Moo, this eBook with audio provides an entertaning introduction to politics.

My fellow Americans:

It is our pleasure, our honor, our duty as citizens to present to you Duck ...
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Overview

From the New York Times bestselling creators of Click, Clack, Moo, this eBook with audio provides an entertaning introduction to politics.

My fellow Americans:

It is our pleasure, our honor, our duty as citizens to present to you Duck for President. Here is a duck who began in a humble pond. Who worked his way to farmer. To governor. And now, perhaps, to the highest office in the land.

Some say, if he walks like a duck and talks like a duck, he is a duck.

We say, if he walks like a duck and talks like a duck, he will be the next president of the United States of America.

Thank you for your vote.

Re-released with a new cover for the 2008 election year, this winning picture book from Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin follows a plucky duck on his journey toward higher office.

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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

Publishers Weekly
As the run-up to the 2004 presidential election gathers momentum, it appears that George W. Bush may have more than Democrats on his tail. Duck, the ever-scheming star of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type has thrown his feathers in the ring. Fed-up with the drudgery of his barnyard chores, Duck decides to officially buck authority and hold an election to determine who should be in charge. The web-footed wonder narrowly defeats Farmer Brown, but soon discovers that running a farm is not all it's cracked up to be. Duck plans a move to greener pastures by entering-and eventually winning-the race for governor. However, for the ambitious feathered hero, only the highest office in the land will do, and he charts a course for the Oval Office, which also has its drawbacks. Though Cronin's latest Duck tale introduces the basic mechanics of the election process, it lacks many of the silly high jinks and clever plot turns that gave its predecessors their charm. A few nods to past presidents appear in both text and art (Nixon, Clinton, G.H.W. Bush), offering older readers a knowing wink. The focus on Duck's dissatisfaction and loneliness at the top makes the story line perhaps better suited to adults, even as Lewin's chunky-outlined watercolors continue to cater to the younger crowd with her usual dashes of humor and daffy sweetness. Her depictions of the campaign-trail motorcades, parades and town meetings are a hoot. All ages. (Mar.) FYI: The book will have a March 2 laydown date. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Duck showed he was shrewd and politically savvy in Caldecott Honor winning, Click, Clack Moo Cows that Type and its sequel, Giggle, Giggle Quack. When he tires of grinding the farmer's espresso beans, he decides it is time to run for head of the farm. It is no surprise that he crushes the farmer in the farm election. The surprise comes when, despite missing ballots, recounts show Duck narrowly defeating the governor and then, the President of the United States. Duck has a surprise, too. He soon realizes running states and countries is not much fun and heads back to the farm, content to write his autobiography. This book is filled with adult-pleasing references of sticky missing ballots and playing the saxophone on late-night television. Seriously, folks, this book leads not only to chuckles, but to aptly describing the burden of chores connected to glorious offices. 2004, Simon & Schuster, Ages 5 up.
—Susie Wilde
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This award-winning team returns with a third story of farm animals with ambition. Duck is tired of doing his chores (mowing the lawn and grinding the coffee beans), and decides to hold an election to replace Farmer Brown. When he wins, Duck quickly realizes that running a farm requires too much hard work, and sets out to run for governor. With the help of the hens, and speeches "that only other ducks can understand," he eventually ends up running the country. Executive office gives him a headache, however, so Duck returns to the farm to work on his autobiography-on a computer, with the typewriter from Click, Clack, Moo (S & S, 2000) in the wastepaper bin next to him. Lewin's characteristic humorous watercolors with bold black outlines fill the pages with color and jokes. Cronin's text is hilarious for kids and adults and includes a little math and quite a bit about the electoral process. The animals, who have no verbal language that humans can understand, are empowered by the use of the written word, and the subliminal message comes through loud and clear-one can almost hear youngsters thinking, "Watch out grown-ups! Just wait till I learn to read."-Jane Barrer, Washington Square Village Creative Steps, New York City Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Just in time for an election year, the feathered troublemaker of Click, Clack, Moo (2000) and Giggle, Giggle, Quack (2002) enters the political arena, with sidesplitting results. Weary of chores, Duck organizes a farmyard election and ousts Farmer Brown-only to discover that running a farm is harder than it looks. So Duck moves on, campaigning first for Governor, than President, and winning each time by, well, a nose. Lewin follows Cronin's lead in losing no opportunity to lampoon recognizable political figures. Seeing Duck flash a two-fisted "V For Victory" sign, edge out a decidedly Hillary-esque gubernatorial incumbent, play saxophone on late-night TV, and lean wearily on the presidential desk may amuse grownups more than children-but the comedy flows freely on more levels than one, and there's sufficient hilarity for all. Seeing the error of his ways, Duck finally returns to the farm, and is last seen working not on chores, but, graduating from typewriter to computer, his memoirs. All things considered, he has plenty to write about. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442460966
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Edition description: No Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 200,576
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • File size: 22 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

Doreen Cronin
Doreen Cronin is the author of many bestselling picture books, including Click, Clack, Boo; Dooby Dooby Moo; Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure; Bounce; Wiggle; Duck for President; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; and the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at DoreenCronin.com.
Betsy Lewin is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and its sequels, Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Duck for President; Dooby Dooby Moo; and Thump, Quack, Moo; in addition to a number of other picture books, including So, What’s It Like to Be a Cat? and Where Is Tippy Toes? She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Interviews & Essays

A Conversation with Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin & Duck

Doreen, you have given up your career as an attorney in order to take up writing children's books full-time. What inspired you to make this unusual career change?

Doreen Cronin: I actually enjoyed practicing law, but after Click, Clack, Moo had been out for about a year, it became really difficult to juggle both careers. I wanted to do more book signings, I wanted to visit classrooms, and I wanted to go to the American Library Association conferences and Book Expo America. Also, kids who wanted to write me letters started to track me down at the law firm. I'd be sitting at my desk going through motions and briefs, and a stack of first-grade Duck drawings would land on my desk. I knew it was time to go! Actually, some day I'd like to go back to practicing law, but that will be a few years from now.

Doreen, have any of your past cases served as inspiration for your books?

DC: As soon as I figure out a way to incorporate reinsurance litigation into a picture book, I'll let you know.

Doreen, you have said that one of your late father's many legacies was his sense of humor. How has his legacy influenced your writing style?

DC: For the record, I am nowhere near as funny as my dad. If my dad was writing picture books today, I'd still be practicing law! Someone asked me recently if anyone else in my family was a writer. The technical answer is no, but my father was an amazing storyteller. Because he was a police officer, every day was a new story!

Betsy, you began your career as a freelance greeting card illustrator and then began writing and illustrating stories for children's magazines. How did you come to be a children's book illustrator?

Betsy Lewin: An editor at Dodd, Mead & Co. saw a poem that I wrote and illustrated for a magazine and asked me to expand it into a thirty-two-page counting book titled Cat Count. I've been doing children's books ever since, and loving it.

Betsy, did you always know that you wanted to be an artist?

BL: I always knew I wanted to be an artist. My parents said I was born with a pencil in my hand.

Duck, how did you begin your career as a duck on Farmer Brown's farm?

Duck: As an egg; then I moved up.

Doreen, many times an author and illustrator do not meet during the publishing process. When did you meet Betsy for the first time?

DC: I can't remember exactly the first time. But after Click, Clack, Moo was published, Betsy and her husband, Ted, invited my husband and me to their home in Brooklyn and we went out for dinner. A good time was had by all!

Betsy, how has your collaborative process changed since you and Doreen first began working together?

BL: Doreen and I didn't know each other until after Click, Clack, Moo was published. We freely exchanged ideas during the making of Giggle, Giggle, Quack, which I found to be helpful to the book, plus it was a lot of fun. Doreen is very funny. Our senses of humor just seem to click.

Duck, Click, Clack, Moo received the Caldecott Honor and was a New York Times best-seller. Have you won any awards on the farm?

D: Best-Looking and Most Likely to Be Arrested.

Doreen, you collect antique typewriters. Do you use them to write your children's books?

DC: I don't have that kind of stamina! I write longhand and on the computer.

Duck, when we first met you in Click, Clack, Moo, you used a typewriter. In Giggle, Giggle, Quack you relied on a pencil and in Duck for President you use a computer to type your autobiography. Which do you prefer? Do you surf the Internet?

D: I'd prefer a wi-fi laptop, but I haven't been able to convince the boss yet. I used to surf the Net, but Farmer Brown pulled the plug after I ordered 100 copies of Animal Farm.

Betsy, you and your husband, illustrator Ted Lewin, love to travel and often visit exotic places to do research for your books. What is your favorite place to travel to?

BL: We've been to Africa and India the most times, so they're highest on the list so far.

Duck, what is your favorite vacation spot?

D: Cabo San Lucas. Fun, sun, and deep-sea fishing.

Doreen and Betsy, did you have any childhood pets?

DC: We had dogs.
BL: I had a number of dogs and cats -- nothing exotic. My favorite was a cat my father named Ajax because he played with an Ajax cleanser can. I did love Trippy, a dog who barked at everybody but the dog catcher. Sport was my first pet -- a cranky little fox terrier who chased his tail. Loved him, too.

Doreen and Betsy, did you spend any time on a farm while you were growing up?

DC: No. But when I was a reporter covering an agriculture show for my college newspaper, a cow licked my hand and I almost fainted.
BL: Yes. My hometown of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, is surrounded by farms. I had both friends and relatives who lived on farms.

Duck, have you always had political aspirations?

D: Doesn't everybody?

Duck, after you finish writing your autobiography, what will you do next?

D: I'll be taking over for Robert Novak on Crossfire.

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    My 3 year old son loves this book.

    I have read this book over and over to my son. He loves this book. I like the fact that it has some educational value as well by providing a little information about elections.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    WITH A QUACK QUACK HERE, AND A QUACK QUACK THERE

    If you're having trouble choosing a candidate in this election year, Duck's your man or more properly 'your duck.' 'Duck is Great for 2008!' In this delightful children's story our hero may be a winner but he was once a very dissatisfied duck. He lived on a farm with many other animals and Farmer Brown. Each of the animals had a chore, and Duck thought farm work was terribly hard. So, he decided that they didn't have to do what Farmer Brown told them to do and he had an election to prove it. Sure enough, Duck beat out Farmer Brown! Well, it didn't take Duck long to discover that running a farm was actually harder work than doing chores. So, he decided to move on - he'd run for governor. You guessed it, this bird is on a winning streak! As it turned out, Duck soon discovered that running a state was no fun at all. What will he do about that? Doreen Cronin's clever narrative sings with rhymes, 'A fresh bill on Capitol Hill,' while Caldecott honoree Betsy Lewin's whimsical illustrations will bring smiles. - Gail Cooke

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2010

    all the "duck" books are great

    clever, likable book. fun for kids and parents.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2004

    A READ it again Book!

    Since we bought the book a few weeks ago it has become my 4 year old daughter's favorite book. We read it almost every night. We also have been having several elections and recounts in our home.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2004

    Leave it to Duck!

    I have been looking for an age appropriate book which takes you through the election process for K-4 readers in an easy and amusing way--and I finally found it! This book has the perfect combination of substance and humor. Go Duck!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2004

    Don't Forget to Vote!

    This is a timely and hilarious send-up of the election process, and what comes after. Enough sly humor for the adults to get a kick out of it, along with the kids.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

    "A fresh bill on capitol hill"

    As a teacher candidate I would recommend this book for children of all ages. This book gives children a great depiction of the election process through an election on the farm. Children will gain a light and cheerful understanding of what it takes to be a president. Duck not only runs for President of the farm, he also runs for Mayor and President of the United States. This book could be used throughout the year for a great social studies lesson, or just for the listening enjoyment of the class.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2005

    Hysterical - for kids & adults!

    My 16-month old loves when I read this book to her & I am more than happy to do so. Similar to the humor of Sesame Street, it is written & illustrated in a way to amuse anyone of any age.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2004

    A must have for home and classroom

    Just as 'Click Clack Moo' introduced young readers to labor relations, 'Duck For President' introduces the electoral process. Using the popular character, Duck, Cronin walks young readers through the beginnings of a nation politician from someone who sees change through someone who has a hard job with little joy. Duck surprises the reader by turning out to be a hard- working leader, but eventually he yearns for the simplicity of the farm. Teachers will want to pair this one with Cronin's first book for a lovely unit on how our government works.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 12, 2013

    No

    No

    Emily Stewart

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Cheese

    I think it smells like cheese

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Emma george

    This is a good book for me and my nook color!!!!!!And i love the books that he made!!!!So i give it a thumbs up!!!!!I recomened!!!

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    A fun waY TO TEACH KIDS ABOUT ELECTIONS

    LOVED IT~~ LOVED IT ~~LOVED It!!!!!This book did exactly what I wanted it to do. I think my little ones know understand our election process thank you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    Super Cute

    A great book to read to your little ones about the election process. Silly duck!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    VOTE OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA ROX

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    H

    Chezz

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    H b v

    I no! OBAMA!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Victoria Millette

    Gggggggoooooooooooooooiooio¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿?¿?¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿???¿¿¿?¿dddddfddddd@/:&,;()-+'"?!!?"'@/@)(((&)&;(,,

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Oh my gosh...

    Tht is s i c k! This is a childrens book! Some of you people forreal need to get a life no lie!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2004

    super ducky book

    great book for kids that can't vote yet especially toddlers and preschoolers !

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