Duck for President

Duck for President


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689863776
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 03/02/2004
Series: Click, Clack Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 56,201
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Doreen Cronin is the author of The Chicken Squad series, Cyclone, and many other New York Times bestselling picture books, including Click, Clack, Surprise!; Click, Clack, Ho, Ho, Ho; Click, Clack, Peep; Click, Clack, Boo!; Dooby Dooby Moo; Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure; Bounce; Wiggle; Duck for President; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Bloom; and the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at


A Conversation with Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin & Duck

Doreen, you have given up your career as an attorney in order to take up writing children's books full-time. What inspired you to make this unusual career change?

Doreen Cronin: I actually enjoyed practicing law, but after Click, Clack, Moo had been out for about a year, it became really difficult to juggle both careers. I wanted to do more book signings, I wanted to visit classrooms, and I wanted to go to the American Library Association conferences and Book Expo America. Also, kids who wanted to write me letters started to track me down at the law firm. I'd be sitting at my desk going through motions and briefs, and a stack of first-grade Duck drawings would land on my desk. I knew it was time to go! Actually, some day I'd like to go back to practicing law, but that will be a few years from now.

Doreen, have any of your past cases served as inspiration for your books?

DC: As soon as I figure out a way to incorporate reinsurance litigation into a picture book, I'll let you know.

Doreen, you have said that one of your late father's many legacies was his sense of humor. How has his legacy influenced your writing style?

DC: For the record, I am nowhere near as funny as my dad. If my dad was writing picture books today, I'd still be practicing law! Someone asked me recently if anyone else in my family was a writer. The technical answer is no, but my father was an amazing storyteller. Because he was a police officer, every day was a new story!

Betsy, you began your career as a freelance greeting card illustrator and then began writing and illustrating stories for children's magazines. How did you come to be a children's book illustrator?

Betsy Lewin: An editor at Dodd, Mead & Co. saw a poem that I wrote and illustrated for a magazine and asked me to expand it into a thirty-two-page counting book titled Cat Count. I've been doing children's books ever since, and loving it.

Betsy, did you always know that you wanted to be an artist?

BL: I always knew I wanted to be an artist. My parents said I was born with a pencil in my hand.

Duck, how did you begin your career as a duck on Farmer Brown's farm?

Duck: As an egg; then I moved up.

Doreen, many times an author and illustrator do not meet during the publishing process. When did you meet Betsy for the first time?

DC: I can't remember exactly the first time. But after Click, Clack, Moo was published, Betsy and her husband, Ted, invited my husband and me to their home in Brooklyn and we went out for dinner. A good time was had by all!

Betsy, how has your collaborative process changed since you and Doreen first began working together?

BL: Doreen and I didn't know each other until after Click, Clack, Moo was published. We freely exchanged ideas during the making of Giggle, Giggle, Quack, which I found to be helpful to the book, plus it was a lot of fun. Doreen is very funny. Our senses of humor just seem to click.

Duck, Click, Clack, Moo received the Caldecott Honor and was a New York Times best-seller. Have you won any awards on the farm?

D: Best-Looking and Most Likely to Be Arrested.

Doreen, you collect antique typewriters. Do you use them to write your children's books?

DC: I don't have that kind of stamina! I write longhand and on the computer.

Duck, when we first met you in Click, Clack, Moo, you used a typewriter. In Giggle, Giggle, Quack you relied on a pencil and in Duck for President you use a computer to type your autobiography. Which do you prefer? Do you surf the Internet?

D: I'd prefer a wi-fi laptop, but I haven't been able to convince the boss yet. I used to surf the Net, but Farmer Brown pulled the plug after I ordered 100 copies of Animal Farm.

Betsy, you and your husband, illustrator Ted Lewin, love to travel and often visit exotic places to do research for your books. What is your favorite place to travel to?

BL: We've been to Africa and India the most times, so they're highest on the list so far.

Duck, what is your favorite vacation spot?

D: Cabo San Lucas. Fun, sun, and deep-sea fishing.

Doreen and Betsy, did you have any childhood pets?

DC: We had dogs.
BL: I had a number of dogs and cats -- nothing exotic. My favorite was a cat my father named Ajax because he played with an Ajax cleanser can. I did love Trippy, a dog who barked at everybody but the dog catcher. Sport was my first pet -- a cranky little fox terrier who chased his tail. Loved him, too.

Doreen and Betsy, did you spend any time on a farm while you were growing up?

DC: No. But when I was a reporter covering an agriculture show for my college newspaper, a cow licked my hand and I almost fainted.
BL: Yes. My hometown of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, is surrounded by farms. I had both friends and relatives who lived on farms.

Duck, have you always had political aspirations?

D: Doesn't everybody?

Duck, after you finish writing your autobiography, what will you do next?

D: I'll be taking over for Robert Novak on Crossfire.

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Duck For President 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
NC_Dad More than 1 year ago
I have read this book over and over to my son. He loves this book. I like the fact that it has some educational value as well by providing a little information about elections.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
If you're having trouble choosing a candidate in this election year, Duck's your man or more properly 'your duck.' 'Duck is Great for 2008!' In this delightful children's story our hero may be a winner but he was once a very dissatisfied duck. He lived on a farm with many other animals and Farmer Brown. Each of the animals had a chore, and Duck thought farm work was terribly hard. So, he decided that they didn't have to do what Farmer Brown told them to do and he had an election to prove it. Sure enough, Duck beat out Farmer Brown! Well, it didn't take Duck long to discover that running a farm was actually harder work than doing chores. So, he decided to move on - he'd run for governor. You guessed it, this bird is on a winning streak! As it turned out, Duck soon discovered that running a state was no fun at all. What will he do about that? Doreen Cronin's clever narrative sings with rhymes, 'A fresh bill on Capitol Hill,' while Caldecott honoree Betsy Lewin's whimsical illustrations will bring smiles. - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since we bought the book a few weeks ago it has become my 4 year old daughter's favorite book. We read it almost every night. We also have been having several elections and recounts in our home.
frannyprice More than 1 year ago
clever, likable book. fun for kids and parents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a timely and hilarious send-up of the election process, and what comes after. Enough sly humor for the adults to get a kick out of it, along with the kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 16-month old loves when I read this book to her & I am more than happy to do so. Similar to the humor of Sesame Street, it is written & illustrated in a way to amuse anyone of any age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been looking for an age appropriate book which takes you through the election process for K-4 readers in an easy and amusing way--and I finally found it! This book has the perfect combination of substance and humor. Go Duck!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just as 'Click Clack Moo' introduced young readers to labor relations, 'Duck For President' introduces the electoral process. Using the popular character, Duck, Cronin walks young readers through the beginnings of a nation politician from someone who sees change through someone who has a hard job with little joy. Duck surprises the reader by turning out to be a hard- working leader, but eventually he yearns for the simplicity of the farm. Teachers will want to pair this one with Cronin's first book for a lovely unit on how our government works.
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This is a good book for me and my nook color!!!!!!And i love the books that he made!!!!So i give it a thumbs up!!!!!I recomened!!!
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cocopunk More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT~~ LOVED IT ~~LOVED It!!!!!This book did exactly what I wanted it to do. I think my little ones know understand our election process thank you
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A great book to read to your little ones about the election process. Silly duck!
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EMM More than 1 year ago
As a teacher candidate I would recommend this book for children of all ages. This book gives children a great depiction of the election process through an election on the farm. Children will gain a light and cheerful understanding of what it takes to be a president. Duck not only runs for President of the farm, he also runs for Mayor and President of the United States. This book could be used throughout the year for a great social studies lesson, or just for the listening enjoyment of the class.
Guest More than 1 year ago
great book for kids that can't vote yet especially toddlers and preschoolers !