Fix-It Duck

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Overview

A leaking roof? A window stuck? These are jobs for... Fix-It Duck!

He's got his tools. He's smart-he's strong. What can possibly go wrong?

But Duck is up to his old tricks. Now who'll end up in a fix?

Jez Alborough's inimitable Duck first appeared in Duck in the Truck.

Duck's attempts to deal with various minor disasters only ...

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Overview

A leaking roof? A window stuck? These are jobs for... Fix-It Duck!

He's got his tools. He's smart-he's strong. What can possibly go wrong?

But Duck is up to his old tricks. Now who'll end up in a fix?

Jez Alborough's inimitable Duck first appeared in Duck in the Truck.

Duck's attempts to deal with various minor disasters only lead to more problems.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The trouble begins with a leaky roof in the sequel to Duck in a Truck, Fix-It Duck by Jez Alborough, and follows the, er, handy quacker on a series of missteps. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Duck is back, this time with toolkit in hand. A drip into his teacup causes Duck to decide that he needs to fix his leaky roof—"This is a job for FIX-IT-DUCK." But first he has to borrow a ladder from Sheep. Sidetracked by trying to fix Sheep's stuck window, another self-proclaimed job for FIX-IT-DUCK, he ends up smashing the window entirely, just as a rainstorm is beginning. By the time he is finished trying to tow Sheep's house to shelter, Sheep's house has rolled away and lies half submerged in the river. If Sheep was worried about water getting in before, now he has a real problem. In the end it turns out that Duck's roof was never leaking in the first place—the drip came from his forgetting to turn off the water after his bath. The rhyming text here is sure to delight as a read-aloud. "It's broken," says Duck. "What a lot of bad luck." "Oh, no!" moans Sheep, "not FIX-IT-DUCK!" The large, colorful illustrations burst out of their frames with Duck's uncontrollable energy and enthusiasm—Duck in the tub with rubber duckie swimming nearby, and Duck in his bathrobe are particularly hilarious. I would have liked some hint at the end, however, that Duck's destructiveness could be undone. Sheep's house is last seen abandoned in the river, which makes Duck's romp as repairman conclude rather disturbingly.
Children's Literature
Duck is back, this time with tool-kit in hand. A drip into his teacup causes Duck to decide that he needs to fix his leaky roof¾"This is a job for FIX-IT-DUCK." But first he has to borrow a ladder from Sheep. Sidetracked by trying to fix Sheep's stuck window, another self-proclaimed job for FIX-IT-DUCK, he ends up smashing the window entirely, just as a rainstorm is beginning. By the time he's finished trying to tow Sheep's house to shelter, Sheep's house has rolled away and lies half submerged in the river. If Sheep was worried about water getting in before, now he has a real problem. In the end it turns out that Duck's roof was never leaking in the first place¾the drip came from his forgetting to turn off the water after his bath. The rhyming text here is sure to delight as a read-aloud. "It's broken," says Duck. "What a lot of bad luck." "Oh, no!" moans Sheep, "not FIX-IT-DUCK!" The large, colorful illustrations burst out of their frames with Duck's uncontrollable energy and enthusiasm¾Duck in the tub, with rubber duckie swimming nearby and Duck in his bathrobe are particularly hilarious. I would have liked some hint at the end, however, that Duck's destructiveness could be undone. While the closing endpaper shows Duck mopping up the mess in his own house, poor Sheep's house is last seen abandoned in the river, which makes Duck's romp as repairman conclude rather disturbingly. 2002 (orig. 2001), HarperCollins,
— Claudia Mills
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Duck, Sheep, Goat, and Frog are together again in this sequel to Duck in the Truck (HarperCollins, 1999). This time, Duck fancies himself a repairman when he thinks his roof is leaking. He leaves to enlist the help of his friends and finds more things that seem to need fixing, only to cause havoc and quite a bit of damage to unfortunate Sheep's trailer. In the very first picture, Frog notices the real reason for the leak (Duck has forgotten to turn off his bathwater), but he cannot get his attention. Alborough tells the story in rhyming couplets with a cadence that engages listeners and advances the action through hilarious scenes. The large, vivid illustrations provide the visual narration for the misadventures. The pictures both delight (bright red truck, vibrant green jeep, multicolored umbrella) and comfort (claw-foot bathtub, fluffy bathrobe, steaming mugs). This book will have broad appeal to preschool audiences and work well for storytime crowds.-Laurie von Mehren, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Alborough's Duck (Duck in the Truck, 2000) is a forgetful, accident-prone goofball, but with his can-do enthusiasm and his watch cap and tool chest, he has the charm of a French comedian. While Alborough's verse doesn't display a whole lot of verbal dazzle—"Plop! goes the drip that drops in the cup. / Duck looks down and Duck looks up. / A leak in the roof. Oh, what bad luck! / This is a job for . . . FIX-IT DUCK." But he needs a ladder to reach his roof, which requires a trip to Sheep's trailer house. And sure enough, Sheep appears to have a leak in his skylight—a skylight that Duck, in the thrall of neighborly fix-itiveness, quickly turns into splinters of glass. That occasions a wild, jerry-rigged tow to Goat's shed to get Sheep's trailer out of the rain and ends with Sheep's home flipped on its side in Goat's duck pond. Alborough peddles his low farce is an entirely jaunty atmosphere, complete with Duck's fire-engine red roadster and a selection of beatific rural venues. And somehow it all seems quite plausible, which gives this installment that much more of a kick for young readers and their fix-it parents. (Picture book. 3-6)
San Francisco Chronicle
Wonderful comic illustrations…action packed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007302895
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Sales rank: 479,408
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Jez Alborough is the author/illustrator of more than thirty books for children, including Cuddly Dudley, Where's My Teddy?, Watch Out!Big Bro's Coming!, Balloon, It's the Bear, My Friend Bear, and Bare Bear, a runner-up for England's prestigious Mother Goose Award. Mr. Alborough lives with his wife in London, England.

Jez Alborough is the author/illustrator of more than thirty books for children, including Cuddly Dudley, Where's My Teddy?, Watch Out!Big Bro's Coming!, Balloon, It's the Bear, My Friend Bear, and Bare Bear, a runner-up for England's prestigious Mother Goose Award. Mr. Alborough lives with his wife in London, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2005

    Fix it duck review

    Duck wants to fix the leak. He goes to borrow a ladder from sheep. He trips. In the end, he forgot to turn off the bathwater. Every time Duck tries to fix stuff, it goes wrong. I like it, because it is funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2002

    A great book to read with young children.

    My 2 1/2 year old loves to have his dad read this book to him. If your child shows interest in fixing things, this is a great story. A little long but the pictures are so good, you can improvise.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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