Having made a thorough mess at home in Fix-It Duck, Jez Alborough's feathered hero runs amok at sea in Captain Duck. Suitably slapstick rhyming text and artwork in large comic-style panels depict Duck's wacky misadventures when he hops aboard Goat's boat, taking Sheep and Frog along for a bumpy ride. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Duck, the silly hero of Duck in the Truck and Fix-It Duck, continues his adventures in brief, rhymed couplets, joining Frog and Sheep on a wild boat ride. Duck's truck runs out of gas. While looking for some, he starts Goat's boat without Goat on board. Frog falls out for unplanned water skiing. They then run out of gas far from shore, and spend a cold night riding the waves. When the tide brings them back, they find that the boat is fine. The extra can Goat was going for when Duck started them off is left behind when the embarrassed Duck tries to get away. Still out of gas, he has to watch as the friends, now refueled, take off for fun without him. The adventure starts on the front end-papers where we meet Duck and his glorious red truck. Inside, the visual story continues in a sort of storyboard layout, with the antics depicted in several boxes per page, in scenes of various sizes and placements. The artist's colored drawings create sculpturesque actors whose anthropomorphic doings are both comic and believable. On the back end-papers, Duck sets resignedly off to refill his empty gas can while Frog water-skis happily in the distance. 2002, HarperCollins Publishers,
Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
PreS-Gr 1-The lovable yet disruptive protagonist from Duck in the Truck (2000) and Fix-It Duck (2002, both HarperCollins) is back. Puttering along in his bright red truck, he runs out of fuel. What to do? He snatches a can of gas out of Goat's shed, but his getaway is quickly diverted by the sight of Frog heading to the dock for a boat ride with Goat and Sheep. As Goat runs back for something (it turns out to be gas), he warns them not to touch "the string." Along comes Duck, who can't resist, and soon Frog is waterskiing behind the out-of-control boat. When it runs out of gas, a long night washed out to sea is in store for the friends. Finally, they drift in on the tide, and Goat "busts" the bird for his fuel thievery. A comic ending shows Duck heading off for more gas while the others are back out in the boat. As in the previous two (mis)adventures, Alborough uses funny rhymes and words to great effect. The animals burst out of the boisterous, colorful pictures, which are sometimes in sequenced frames across a spread to show the course of events. This tale will definitely be a crowd pleaser for the preschool set, especially if paired with Eric Rohmann's My Friend Rabbit (Roaring Brook, 2002) for a storyhour on well-meaning, yet trouble-packing friends.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.