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Duck for a Day

Fun, quirky and with a great sense of humour the descriptive qualities of Duck For A Day put it head and shoulders above many adult books!

Remember that time of year? When the teacher decides who is going to take the classroom pet home for the holidays?!  Meg McKinley accurately captures the anticipation surrounding this event!

... but of course, this is no ordinary and pet and Mrs Melvino is no ordinary teacher.  The pet is Max the Duck and Mrs Melvino is VERY particular about who takes him home.  No matter what they do, the individuals in the class including our main character Abby - just can't seem to get everything just right for Max and Mrs Melvino's his demands.

"Every day, Max got more demanding."

... eventually the children are compiling mini projects full of the most intricate details to prove they have got everything just so for Mrs Melvino Max.

My Book Corner loved how the nuances of Mrs Melvino's character were built up through this book for younger readers.  However the star of the book really is, apart from Max of course, Noah and the storyline surrounding him.

Not only is Noah in Abby's class but he lives next door, with his messy garden and noisy siblings, he always turns up late, is scruffy and is a bit of a loner.  I love how Meg McKinley turns this character around and develops him throughout Duck for a Day, for me he emerges as a really great character and point of interest, and ultimately one of the key reasons I loved this book so much.

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Abby's class has a duck.
A duck named Max who waddles and quacks and makes your feet all warm with his feathery breathing.
A duck you might get to take home, just overnight, if you can make everything absolutely positively perfect.
Abby can do it. She is sure she can.
The problem is, everyone else wants to take Max home, too.

Nitty Gritty

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Paperback
Pages
96
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978-1921529283

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Duck for a Day 2013-01-07 00:37:23 Jodie McAlister
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Reviewed by Jodie McAlister    January 07, 2013

Must do - Duck for a Day

This is a charming book for early readers. A lovely range of characters to embrace, a quirky teacher and a mischevious duck - a little like the Bob Graham style of left of centre characters which I LOVE. Having just started to embrace longer books with my son this was just the right length and tone - with fun illustrations to boot. I gently questioned him along the way to test his ability to stay engaged minus the normal visual stimulation of a picture book and he stayed with me the whole time. We read this over a week and we both eager to see how it all ended up. A great book to facilitate the movement from picture books (though don't worry - we still read them) and a story I am sure we will return to when he is reading by himself.

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Hi Jodie, I'm glad you & your son enjoyed it so much. You'll both be pleased to know that the next one is out this year - we'll keep you posted!

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