Meet the one and only Duddle Puck, a plucky duck who does anything but quack in this picture book from New York Times bestselling duo Karma Wilson and Marcellus Hall that is anything but stereotypical.
Everyone knows that ducks quack, right? Well, everyone except Duddle Puck, a puddle duck who just won’t quack. Duddle Puck just loves to make all sorts of barnyard sounds as he jigs around the farm. He can cluck, honk, oink, and neigh with the best of them. But quack? Nope. The other barnyard animals think there’s no room on a farm for a duck that won’t behave like a duck. Yet as they try to teach Duddle Puck be a proper duck, they may just find that their rules aren’t all they’re “quacked” up to be.
Wilson and Hall follow The Cow Loves Cookies by introducing another barnyard eccentric: a duck who refuses to quack. Hall gives Duddle Puck a blue ball cap and a briefcase additional evidence that he is "a very odd duck." Washed in pale watercolors, Marcellus's farm looks a lot like the one in The Cow Loves Cookies, though cows aren't among the many animals that Duddle Puck mimics as the story progresses. Wilson's rhymes drive ahead like an old farm tractor, one that perhaps sputters and backfires from time to time, cataloguing the animals' indignant reactions: " Duddle,' Henny squawked, ducks should always quack!/ A proper puddle duck should really know how to act!' " Bold, telegraphic type blasts across the pages, emphasizing just how much fun Duddle is having, whether he is oinking like a pig while bill-deep in mud or tromping through an outdoor birthday celebration adding a "hip-hip hooray!" of his own. Not one but two closing gags suggest that this nonconformist bird won't be changing his tune anytime soon. Ages 4 8.