Dunbar, Joyce Grumpy Duck

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When Duck’s grumpiness becomes contagious, what can possibly turn it around?

Duck is in a very grumpy mood. The pond is dry, and she doesn’t want to roll in the mud with Pig, sing with Rooster, doze with Tortoise, eat laundry with Goat, or join any of the other animals in their pastimes. To make matters worse, the gray cloud that’s following Duck is growing bigger by the minute, and now her friends are feeling gloomy as well. What will it take to cheer them all up? Two prolific picture-book creators look to the skies for a humorous tale of not-fair-weather friendship.

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Joyce Dunbar has published more than eighty books, including Shoe Baby and Pat-a-Cake Baby, both illustrated by her daughter, Polly Dunbar. She lives in Norwich, England.

Petr Horácek grew up in Prague, where he trained at the Academy of Fine Arts before becoming a graphic designer, illustrator, and painter. Inspired by his two daughters, he has created numerous books for children, including Blue Penguin, Strawberries Are Red, and The Greedy Goat. Petr Horácek lives in England.

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PreS-Gr 2—Duck is grumpy because the pond is dry and she has no one to play with. When she complains to several animals, they each invite her to play with them. Dog suggests they dig holes. "Digging holes would make my feathers dirty," says Duck. She refuses Pig's offer to play in his "gloopy puddle," because ducks don't like gloop. Duck would rather quack than join Rooster in a "cockadoodle chorus." She calls Rabbit silly for proposing a hopping contest, finds Tortoise's offer to doze together boring, and refuses to eat clothes with Goat. With each rejection, the small black cloud over Duck's head enlarges until it becomes so "ginormous" that now all the animals are grumpy. Not to worry, though. The gigantic cloud doesn't "block out the sun forever" but instead releases torrents of rain. The pond fills up, and the animals, happy again, join Duck as she "splish[es]" and "splosh[es]" in the downpour. Endpapers filled with large raindrops hint at what will eventually relieve Duck's gloom. The mixed-media illustrations, all gorgeous double-page bleeds, depict an elongated duck, head bent under an ever-present cloud. The detailed renderings of each animal are large, sometimes spilling onto an opposing page until each appears shrunken in gloom under a cloud-filled sky. The animals' exuberant enjoyment of the rain and the rainbow that follows is a delightful conclusion. VERDICT Repetitive text and plenty of onomatopoeic sounds that encourage group participation make this an excellent choice for group sharing.—Marianne Saccardi, Children's Literature Consultant, Cambridge, MA

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