Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Children’s Book Review, Definitely No Ducks

Children’s Book Review, Definitely No Ducks
Reviewed by Susan Stephenson,

Here’s another wonderful story by Meg McKinlay and Leila Rudge, published by Walker Books Australia (2013). It’s a short chapter book or junior novel, titled Definitely No Ducks.

Max, the class duck, is in trouble. The Antarctica display has been totally destroyed. Ripped. Torn. Chewed. And everyone knows Max is to blame. Or is he? Abby and Noah are determined to uncover the truth. If they can’t, they will have to say goodbye to Max forever.

There’s drama a-plenty in Definitely No Ducks. And lots of gentle humour. Kids will relate to McKinlay’s believable, likeable characters, the plot and the setting. They’ll be helped, supported and entertained by Rudge’s delightful cartoonish sketches dotted throughout the book. Walker Books have provided some excellent ideas for extending the literature experience at their website.

If your kids read and loved Duck for a Day, as I did, then do seek out Definitely No Ducks. McKinlay is a master storyteller, somehow finding the perfect balance between what kids genuinely WANT to read, and what adults recommend as fine literature. This book can certainly be read as a stand alone novel, but I think it’s even more fun for kids to read both. Definitely No Ducks would also make a lovely story to read aloud to children as a serial, or just to read a teaser from, so they will be eager to read the rest of the book themselves.

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