Monday, November 5, 2018

Picture Book Review: A Truck Full of Ducks by Ross Burach

A Truck Full of Ducks by Ross Burach. unpgd. Scholastic Press/ Scholastic Inc., March, 2018. 9781338129366. (Review from finished copy courtesy of publisher.)

For the first ten years of my school library gig, I worked in a k - 8 school. While it definitely had its trials, one of the joys of my job was sharing absolutely rollicking silly books with my K - 2 students. Sometimes, I even shared them K - 8. (I'm looking at you, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!) This is one I would look forward to reading.

The story starts on the end-pages; so don't skip them. We've got a lot of ducks hanging around an office where the phone is ringing. Bernie, the dog answers and assures the caller that he can, indeed, supply a truck full of ducks. Unfortunately, one extra-hungry duck eats the dog's directions. Not to worry, our intrepid hound will ask random passers-by if they ordered a truck full of ducks. These include a little girl wanting to mail her brother "very far away;" a construction worker waiting for a dump truck; some dudes waiting for an ice cream truck; a pirate waiting for a cracker truck; and a pirate waiting for a cracker truck. Eventually, the ducks need a (hilarious) pit stop, and after one more mismatch, they end up in a dark and scary forest, where the ducks are meant to be delivered to H. Ungry Fox. Yikes!

This exuberantly illustrated picture book contains plenty of visual humor so let your young readers linger. This is a terrific book for reading aloud. 

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