The Duck Who Didn't Like Water (Hardcover)

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By Steve Small, Steve Small (Illustrator)
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Duck HATES water. But when a big storm tears a hole in his roof, he meets Frog, who LOVES water. An adorable tale of compromising for the sake of friendship, simply told and beautifully illustrated. — Joe Michon-Huneau

Spring 2021 Kids Indie Next List


“Duck avoids water at all costs, even the tiniest of drops from the sky. One night, a storm brings a hole to his roof and a new friend to his door — a frog! When they try to find Frog’s home, it’s nowhere to be found. That’s okay, because Duck and Frog get along rather well — even if Frog loves rain! This is a very sweet story about how life is a lot less damp when you’ve got a good friend with you. I want to give them both a hug!”
— Andrew King, University Book Store, Seattle, WA

Description


See a duck take to the water of friendship in this gorgeously warm, funny book about the joy of making an unexpected connection.

Duck is not like other ducks. Duck doesn’t like water and is perfectly fine alone, thank you very much. But then, one dark and stormy night, an outgoing, water-loving, and very lost Frog turns up at Duck’s door. Can this odd couple find Frog’s home? And will they find friendship along the way?

About the Author


Steve Small has worked in animation for over thirty years as a director, designer, and animator. The work has varied from working on Disney features to designing and directing shorts, TV series, and commercials. He’s the illustrator of I’m Sticking with You and the author and illustrator of The Duck Who Didn’t Like Water. Steve lives in London and when he’s not painting and drawing, you’ll likely find him feeding the crows on Blackheath Common.

Steve Small has worked in animation for over thirty years as a director, designer, and animator. The work has varied from working on Disney features to designing and directing shorts, TV series, and commercials. He’s the illustrator of I’m Sticking with You and the author and illustrator of The Duck Who Didn’t Like Water. Steve lives in London and when he’s not painting and drawing, you’ll likely find him feeding the crows on Blackheath Common.

Praise For…


Duck is literally an odd duck: he doesn’t like water of any kind, not for swimming or paddling, or even in raindrop form. One dark and stormy night Duck finds a lost Frog outside his door. Days go by as Duck and Frog try in vain to find Frog’s home, until mail carrier Pelican comes by and offers to deliver the amphibian. With Frog gone, though, Duck’s house doesn’t feel like home anymore, and he sets out to reunite with his friend. This story is simple and sweet, but it’s Small’s illustrations that truly shine. Full of Wallace-and-Gromit-esque cuteness, Small’s wispy digital art pops in primary colors and clean, white backgrounds that make dramatic sequences such as the storm that brings Duck and Frog together (and the later storm Duck must brave to find Frog) all the more compelling. Frog’s small, stout figure and comically long legs are a delightful foil to Duck’s height and the broad curves of his vibrantly yellow rain hat and coat. Side character details add to the charm, with hard hat–wearing Beaver fixing Duck’s roof, otters in fly-fishing waders offering directions, and bespectacled Mole calmly sipping tea from a china cup. With plenty of visual Easter eggs and longer chunks of text, this is better suited to one-on-one bedtime cuddles than a larger storytime, especially since Duck and Frog are snuggled down for their own nap on the final pages.  KP
— BCCB

Duck dislikes swimming, boating, and (basically) water. One stormy night, he discovers a very wet frog at his doorstep and gives him shelter. The next day, they search for Frog’s home, without success. When the mail-delivery pelican arrives, he recognizes Frog and offers him a ride home across the river. After thanking Duck, Frog leaves. For several days, nothing seems right to Duck. Something is missing. Crossing the river despite pelting rain, he finds Frog and, after a joyful reunion, says, “Home doesn’t feel like home if you’re not there!” Frog concurs with a hearty “RIBBIT” and happily moves back in with Duck. Small, who illustrated Smriti Prasadam- Halls’ I’m Sticking with You (2020), makes his authorial debut with this sweet-spirited offering in which the narrator smoothly interprets Frog’s ribbits, adding to the story’s levity. The book’s charm and gentle humor lie in Small’s expressive depiction of characters in the digital artwork. The richly colored, dramatic storm scenes, which contrast beautifully with the otherwise light, bright illustrations, are particularly fine. A fortuitous, foul-weather friendship.
— Booklist, Online Exclusive


Product Details
ISBN: 9781534489172
ISBN-10: 1534489177
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication Date: March 30th, 2021
Pages: 32
Language: English