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Duck for President

Duck for President

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by Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)

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Our Fellow Americans:

It is our pleasure, our honor, our duty as citizens to present to you Duck for President. Here is a duck who began in a humble pond. Who worked his way to farmer. To governor. And now, perhaps, to the highest office in the land.

You may think you know duck from Click, Clack, Moo. Or from Giggle, Giggle, Quack. But


Our Fellow Americans:

It is our pleasure, our honor, our duty as citizens to present to you Duck for President. Here is a duck who began in a humble pond. Who worked his way to farmer. To governor. And now, perhaps, to the highest office in the land.

You may think you know duck from Click, Clack, Moo. Or from Giggle, Giggle, Quack. But there's much more to Duck. Much, much more

Some say, if he walks like a duck and talks like a duck, he is a duck.

We say, if he walks like a duck and talks like a duck, he will be the next president of the United States of America. Ladies and gentleman, you owe it to your country to elect Duck for President.

Thank you for your vote.

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
The talented team who brought you the Caldecott Honor winner Click, Clack, Moo turn their sights on politics in this knee-slapping picture book starring a duck with designs on public office.

Back on the farm, Duck is fed up with chores that leave him "picking tiny bits of grass and espresso beans out of his feathers." So with a sign that reads "Farmer Brown Must Go! Farm Election Tomorrow!" the ambitious bird throws his hat in the ring, launching a remarkably successful political career. After winning the barnyard election, Duck realizes that his situation hasn't improved, and he decides to turn his attention to the governorship -- and the presidency. As it turns out, our web-footed friend has a positive gift for campaigning. He connects with voters through pancake breakfasts, parades, and television appearances and lands himself in the Oval Office! Sound like a great job? "'Running the country is no fun at all,'" thinks Duck, and with the "help" of a help-wanted ad, he peacefully retires to do what all great presidents do to preserve their legacy.

Cronin and Lewin's tale is just the ticket for lighthearted inspiration and serious laughter. Clever illustrations of Duck striking presidential poses -- including a tongue-in-cheek scene of him pondering his "fowl" fate in rough times -- are simply hysterical, making this a silly read for young kids and an even funnier one for more sophisticated types. No quacks about it, our vote goes to this dynamic duck. Matt Warner

Duck doesn't believe that any of the candidates are worth a hiccup; no, this web-footed clucker believes in his scheming heart that only he truly deserves to be president. The next step for the star of Click, Clack, Moo, of course, is to make the voting public realize that a winged creature belongs in the White House. Whether you're a dove, a hawk, or just plain chicken, Duck for President is required reading for citizens of all ages.
Publishers Weekly
As the run-up to the 2004 presidential election gathers momentum, it appears that George W. Bush may have more than Democrats on his tail. Duck, the ever-scheming star of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type has thrown his feathers in the ring. Fed-up with the drudgery of his barnyard chores, Duck decides to officially buck authority and hold an election to determine who should be in charge. The web-footed wonder narrowly defeats Farmer Brown, but soon discovers that running a farm is not all it's cracked up to be. Duck plans a move to greener pastures by entering-and eventually winning-the race for governor. However, for the ambitious feathered hero, only the highest office in the land will do, and he charts a course for the Oval Office, which also has its drawbacks. Though Cronin's latest Duck tale introduces the basic mechanics of the election process, it lacks many of the silly high jinks and clever plot turns that gave its predecessors their charm. A few nods to past presidents appear in both text and art (Nixon, Clinton, G.H.W. Bush), offering older readers a knowing wink. The focus on Duck's dissatisfaction and loneliness at the top makes the story line perhaps better suited to adults, even as Lewin's chunky-outlined watercolors continue to cater to the younger crowd with her usual dashes of humor and daffy sweetness. Her depictions of the campaign-trail motorcades, parades and town meetings are a hoot. All ages. (Mar.) FYI: The book will have a March 2 laydown date. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Duck showed he was shrewd and politically savvy in Caldecott Honor winning, Click, Clack Moo Cows that Type and its sequel, Giggle, Giggle Quack. When he tires of grinding the farmer's espresso beans, he decides it is time to run for head of the farm. It is no surprise that he crushes the farmer in the farm election. The surprise comes when, despite missing ballots, recounts show Duck narrowly defeating the governor and then, the President of the United States. Duck has a surprise, too. He soon realizes running states and countries is not much fun and heads back to the farm, content to write his autobiography. This book is filled with adult-pleasing references of sticky missing ballots and playing the saxophone on late-night television. Seriously, folks, this book leads not only to chuckles, but to aptly describing the burden of chores connected to glorious offices. 2004, Simon & Schuster, Ages 5 up.
—Susie Wilde
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This award-winning team returns with a third story of farm animals with ambition. Duck is tired of doing his chores (mowing the lawn and grinding the coffee beans), and decides to hold an election to replace Farmer Brown. When he wins, Duck quickly realizes that running a farm requires too much hard work, and sets out to run for governor. With the help of the hens, and speeches "that only other ducks can understand," he eventually ends up running the country. Executive office gives him a headache, however, so Duck returns to the farm to work on his autobiography-on a computer, with the typewriter from Click, Clack, Moo (S & S, 2000) in the wastepaper bin next to him. Lewin's characteristic humorous watercolors with bold black outlines fill the pages with color and jokes. Cronin's text is hilarious for kids and adults and includes a little math and quite a bit about the electoral process. The animals, who have no verbal language that humans can understand, are empowered by the use of the written word, and the subliminal message comes through loud and clear-one can almost hear youngsters thinking, "Watch out grown-ups! Just wait till I learn to read."-Jane Barrer, Washington Square Village Creative Steps, New York City Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Just in time for an election year, the feathered troublemaker of Click, Clack, Moo (2000) and Giggle, Giggle, Quack (2002) enters the political arena, with sidesplitting results. Weary of chores, Duck organizes a farmyard election and ousts Farmer Brown-only to discover that running a farm is harder than it looks. So Duck moves on, campaigning first for Governor, than President, and winning each time by, well, a nose. Lewin follows Cronin's lead in losing no opportunity to lampoon recognizable political figures. Seeing Duck flash a two-fisted "V For Victory" sign, edge out a decidedly Hillary-esque gubernatorial incumbent, play saxophone on late-night TV, and lean wearily on the presidential desk may amuse grownups more than children-but the comedy flows freely on more levels than one, and there's sufficient hilarity for all. Seeing the error of his ways, Duck finally returns to the farm, and is last seen working not on chores, but, graduating from typewriter to computer, his memoirs. All things considered, he has plenty to write about. (Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

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Doreen Cronin Picture Bks.
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Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Doreen Cronin is the author of The Chicken Squad series, her debut novel 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; and the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at DoreenCronin.com.

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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 !