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Children's LiteratureSeveral words per page and detailed illustrations work to show readers how lucky this bird is. He is not paying attention, but dropped ice cream, falling pianos, open manhole covers, revolving doors, and other potential hazards elude the hapless or clueless duck. That is, until he gets safely home, slips on a banana peel inside his own front door, and tumbles into bed. The controlled vocabulary features short sentences. Words such as "Watch out!" and "Whoa!" and "Good Grief!" and "Whew!" might challenge readers as there's no context for these interjections, but there are plenty of picture clues. In the humorous illustrations, there are enough jokes, including the amalgam duck whose colors and parts seem borrowed from throughout the duck world, to challenge more proficient readers to check the signage, as well. Fun to read and fun to look at. This book is part of the "Ready-to-Read" series, Level 1. 2004, Aladdin, Ages 4 to 6.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.