Have You Seen Duck?


This little boy's beloved stuffed duck is missing, and he is lost without it. A beautiful tale of coping, searching, and... finding!

A beloved stuffed Duck does everything with his boy. So when Duck goes missing, the boy looks everywhere for him. "He won't know what to do without me," he says. The boy asks the shopkeeper, the postman, the bus driver, and the dog next door. ...

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This little boy's beloved stuffed duck is missing, and he is lost without it. A beautiful tale of coping, searching, and... finding!

A beloved stuffed Duck does everything with his boy. So when Duck goes missing, the boy looks everywhere for him. "He won't know what to do without me," he says. The boy asks the shopkeeper, the postman, the bus driver, and the dog next door. No one has seen Duck.

Back at home, what's hiding between the couch cushions? Duck!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
A very young boy tells us about his dear toy friend, Duck, who thinks he is "the greatest." They go everywhere and do everything together. He is convinced that Duck will not even start dinner or go to bed without him. How much he needs Duck, however, soon becomes evident when Duck disappears one day. The boy looks everywhere and asks everyone, "Have you seen Duck?" But nobody has. And nothing, not even a chocolate cake, is any fun without Duck. What joy when Duck turns up under the couch pillows! Now our hero knows that Duck is the one who is "the greatest." The brief, simple story is in large print for young readers, who can easily identify with the emotions. A very appealing youngster is the focus, appearing in every scene. When adults appear, they are shown only from the neck down. The drawing is delicate; the added watery watercolors are casually applied, contributing bits of narrative information while supplementing the emotional events. The visuals convey a naturalistic story generating sympathetic responses from young readers. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS—"This is Duck. Duck lives at my house. Duck thinks I'm the greatest. I'm Duck's hero." So begins a young boy's introduction to his favorite stuffed toy. They spend every moment together including mealtime, bath time, and, of course, bedtime. But when Duck goes missing, and the shopkeeper, postman, bus driver, and dog next door haven't seen him, the child is heartbroken. Devastated, he climbs onto the couch, curls up in the corner, and snuggles between the cushions until he suddenly smells, feels, and finds his best friend. Soft pencil and wash illustrations on white backgrounds with large, bold text convey the mood and emotions of the boy and make it easy for young children to read the pictures. This Australian import delicately and skillfully explores the special bond that many children share with their "lovey." The last page ends with a different take on their relationship: "This is Duck. Duck lives at my house. I think Duck's the greatest. Duck's my hero." High on the cuteness scale, this will be a welcome addition to preschool collections.—Rachel Kamin, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL
Kirkus Reviews
A young boy celebrates his special bond with his stuffed Duck in this latest in the lovey-lost-lovey-found genre. All is right with the world when Duck and the narrator are together. He is Duck's hero, bringing him everywhere, making him feel safe and cheering him up. But then one day Duck is not anywhere. The boy asks around, describing his lovey—"yellow and raggedy," "smells like a blanket," "soft and woolly"—but no one has seen Duck. Forlorn, the boy cannot eat, takes a non-splashy bath and just doesn't want to do anything without his lovey. But luckily, just before bed, Duck turns up, and, now, Duck is the boy's hero. Bentley's charming watercolors present the epitome of a little boy (bare feet and all) and his well-loved stuffy. Peanuts-like, no adult faces intrude on this relationship. The narrator exudes confidence throughout the first half of the book, and his sadness at the end is palpable. Holmes has crafted a very sweet story, but it lacks the humor that keeps readers reaching for Knuffle Bunny or the nudge toward independence of Amber Stewart's I'm Big Enough (2007). (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545224888
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,135,305
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Holmes grew up in Perth, Australia. For many years, she worked as a teacher and librarian in a primary school. She now works for the House of Representatives.

Jonathan Bentley is a full-time illustrator whose work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines. He lives in Brisbane, Australia.

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