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Duck in the truck



1st U.S. ed.
Publication Information:
[New York] : HarperCollins, 2000.
Physical Description:
33 unnumbered pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 25 x 28 cm
General Note:
"First published in the U.K. by HarperCollins, 1999.
Duck finds himself in an awful mess when his truck gets stuck in the mud, yet when he turns to friends for help, he is sure they will find a way to get him out of his sticky situation.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader LG 2.5 0.5 35669.


Call Number
J Blue (Alborough)
Things That Go Alborough

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Duck's truck is stuck in the muck.

Who will help him out?

First, frog lends a hand. Then sheep helps push, too. But duck's truck won't come unstuck! Can anyone help him get out of the muck? Or is duck out of luck?

Find out in this rollicking read-aloud by the inimitable Jez Alborough.

Author Notes

Jez Alborough was born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey in 1959. After secondary school, Jez went to Art School in Norwich. After college, he spent two years as an editorial illustration freelancer, before he started writing and illustrating his own children's books. In 1984 his first book, Bare Bear, was published and in 1985 Jez was runner-up in The Mother Goose Award for this book. He has now written and illustrated over thirty books for children

Alborough and 500 schoolchildren in London embraced each other for fifteen seconds in a giant "hugathon," raising nearly six thousand dollars for charity and earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records in celebration of the publication of his book Hug.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

"This is the Duck driving home in a truck./ This is the track which is taking him back." So begins this deliciously percussive rhyming story of a feathered truck driver who becomes mired in muck and the three animal Good Samaritans (a frog, a sheep and a goat) who try to help him. As Alborough's (It's the Bear; My Friend Bear) words roll out in an infectious, hard-hitting beat with more than a few rhythmic surprises, he metes out his bold pictures in perfect accompaniment. A triptych of vignettes creates a slow-motion effect as the truck first strikes a rock, is then shown aloft, and finally hits the muck; close-up spreads focus on the exasperated characters attempting to budge the vehicle. With light-hearted tension, wry characterizations and lots of squishy mud, this tale makes for a quacking good read-aloud. Ages 3-6. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

A rhyming text relates the troubles of a duck whose truck gets stuck in the muck. Large, clear illustrations, which alternate between double-page spreads and panels of various sizes, are the main strength of the book; the art makes the most of the story's physical comedy, with exaggerated humor and an engaging animal cast, including a frog, a sheep, and a goat who all come to help out. From HORN BOOK Fall 2000, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. Duck drives along the road--not exactly looking where he's driving--when his tire hits a rock, landing his truck in the mud. Or, as the rhyming text says it, "This is the rock struck by the truck / and this is the muck / where the truck becomes stuck." Frog offers to push, then Sheep lends a hand, and finally Goat comes by with a plan that frees the truck. Carefree Duck drives off without a backward glance, though Frog, Sheep, and Goat remain stuck in the muck. The text rolls along with its thumping rhymes, while the large-scale ink-and-watercolor illustrations quietly steal the show. Deftly personified through expression and gesture, the animal characters speak through a visual convention that even young children know well: the cartoon. A pleasing picture book that invites even prereaders to share the joke. --Carolyn Phelan