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Peep and Ducky
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Peep and Ducky

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by David Martin, David Walker (Illustrator)

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Lucky, lucky, lucky! Follow two adorable friends at play in a read-aloud for the very young that trips off the tongue.

Ready, set, go! Whether you’re playing pretend games (beep, beep) or flying off the slide (ka-thump), flopping into a puddle (splish, splash) or running around a tree ("Can’t catch me!"), an afternoon at the park is so much better


Lucky, lucky, lucky! Follow two adorable friends at play in a read-aloud for the very young that trips off the tongue.

Ready, set, go! Whether you’re playing pretend games (beep, beep) or flying off the slide (ka-thump), flopping into a puddle (splish, splash) or running around a tree ("Can’t catch me!"), an afternoon at the park is so much better when your best buddy is there. Peep and Ducky share giggles and tickles and bumps in this sweet excursion from David Martin and David Walker.

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Publishers Weekly
Martin (Let's Have a Tree Party!) covers the highs and lows of a play date in the park with this story of two young friends-a tiny yellow duckling and an even tinier blue bird. The rhymed verse has a playfulness that echoes the birds' light rambunctiousness: " 'Play cars,' says Peep./ 'Beep, beep,' says Ducky./ 'I'm a jeep,' says Peep./ 'I'm a trucky,' says Ducky." Walker (Bears in Beds) gives the friends lumpy bodies and expressive dot eyes; loose black outlines help both the birds and certain key props (a slide, a picnic table) stand out against the soft, painterly backgrounds. There are some bumps (both literal and figurative) along the way, but nothing that some simple, earnest apologies can't fix. It's a quiet but well-observed portrait of a budding friendship-including that all-too-familiar moment of truth when "Momma says, 'Time...'/ And Poppa says, 'To go go!'/ But Ducky and Peep cry,/ 'No, no, no!' " Parents ought to find it a useful model of what a successful outing among friends looks like. Ages 1-4.
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Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
A toddler chick and a toddler duck meet for a playdate in the park on a warm, sunny day, and the fun begins. Whether playing cars (with Peep as a jeep and Ducky as a "trucky"), flying off the playground slide (with subsequent rubbing of "bummy" and tickling of tummy), or flopping in the mud with a wiggle and a giggle, these two best buddies are masters of entertaining themselves. Their friendship has its unlucky moments, as any friendship does: juice can get spilled, a toy bucket can get broken. And even the longest, loveliest playdates come to an end when parents utter the fateful words: "Time to go." But as one Momma lifts Peep and one Poppa lifts Ducky, a piggyback ride home makes both friends know how much they are "lucky, lucky, lucky." Martin's sprightly rhyming text trips pleasingly off the tongue, and Walker's colorful, expressive pictures capture all the moments of an enchanting day, complete with hilarious time spent on side-by-side potties. This rollicking portrait of the sweet, simple pleasures of young childhood is a picture book treat that should leave child readers feeling as lucky as Peep and Ducky. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS—Peep, a small blue bird, and Ducky, a small yellow duck, meet in the park and spend the day playing together. "Ducky runs to Peep./Peep runs to Ducky./Such good friends./Lucky, lucky, lucky." They zoom down the slide, chase each other in a game of tag, and play in a mud puddle. At lunch, there's a spilled-juice episode, followed by potty time. At the sandbox, Ducky's father and Peep's mother announce it's time to go home. The youngsters are reluctant to separate but are soon waving at each other on their way home. In the mixed-media illustrations, the two characters are consistent in size and color, and backgrounds show a pleasant park setting. Additional.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
A new easy-to-read friendship tale is sure to resonate with "lucky, lucky, lucky" preschoolers everywhere. When Peep goes to the playground with his mommy and runs into Ducky and his daddy, the result is definitely lucky. In gentle rhyming verse, the two encounter the usual highs and lows of playground adventures. A trip down the slide might end in a sore bummy, but a little tickle makes everything better. Likewise a small tiff over a bucket might break it in two, but good friends always know how to make up with each other. After a long bout of play, it's time to go home, but the two don't whine, promising instead to play together another time. The couplets make for easy reading, their sing-song quality lending them to large crowds or one-on-one interactions with equal ease. Likewise, the buoyant mixed-media art neatly complements the up-tempo tone. Cute without being cloying, these pudgy feathered stand-ins for child readers are bound to entice small listeners to clamor "Again" when the story's done. As soft and refreshing as a cool glass of lemonade, and twice as sweet. (Picture book. 2-6)

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Candlewick Press
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Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 3 Years

Meet the Author

David Martin has written many books for children, including Let’s Have a Tree Party!, illustrated by John Manders; All for Pie, Pie for All and Little Bunny and the Magic Christmas Tree, both illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev; and We’ve All Got Bellybuttons!, illustrated by Randy Cecil. David Martin lives in Vermont.

David Walker has illustrated several children’s books, including Flip, Flap, Fly! by Phyllis Root and Bears on Chairs and Bears in Beds, both by Shirley Parenteau. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Peep and Ducky 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
David Martin's Peep and Ducky is quick and adorable. It boasts easy, flowing rhymes that will have kids eager to read, and hear, over and over again. It's the rhyme scheme that I think will really appeal to children, especially those who are just learning to read. When read aloud, Peep and Ducky's adventure sounds so upbeat and exciting; it's bound to make the little ones smile! David Walker's illustrations work in harmony with Martin's story. The colorful pictures are simple enough for a child to grasp the concept of events, particularly important if the audience cannot read yet, and detailed enough for the older ones to appreciate. Ages at least 1-3 will enjoy the story, but I think it's one that will stick in a child's mind for a while longer. Whether Peep and Ducky are playing make believe, racing around and playing in the mud, Martin and Walker expertly portray fun and friendship; the promise of another perfect day. *Book provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review*