DUCK THAT HAD NO LUCK
by Jonathon Long
'There once was a duck who was down
in the mouth.
This best-selling and much honoured
team have done cats too, but this time direct their merciless humour at a duck
with a backpack who wants to head south but after a series of adventures ends up
partying with polar bears.
GLASGOW HERALD 23 JULY 96, Anne Johnstone
Korky Paul's action-packed pictures and Jonathon Long's zany, rhyming story combine to make this a colourful and funny story. The duck has been left behind by the migrating flock and doesn't know the way south. Unperturbed 'he packed up his backpack at double quick speed. With sun cream and beach shorts and things he might need'. The rhymes keep the story going at the relentless pace of the duck, as he crashes on rooftops and through forests and deserts.
Directions from other birds do not help much, and eventually he is welcomed by partying polar bears that have landed at the North Pole. Children from reception class upwards will enjoy the humour in the story and in the detailed chaotic illustrations. Approximate age range: Reception onwards.
CHILD EDUCATION JAN 97, Lynne Burgess
If a jolly romp is what you are after, THE DUCK THAT HAD NO LUCK has it all. Jonathon Long's rhyming story of a duck who slept in and therefore missed the mass exodus to warmer climes is lively and witty and Korky Paul's anarchic illustrations will bear endless scrutiny. The heart of this vibrant book is sheer entertainment for three to six years.
THE SCOTSMAN 18 JAN 97, Lindsey Fraser