Illustrator: Nathaniel Eckstrom
Publisher: Walker Books
Published: July 2018
Duck may not have much to say, other than his/her name, apparently but the other farmyard creatures ignore it at their peril. Young readers will revel in turning the pages in this hilarious tale and tracking the progress towards inevitable disaster as the poor misunderstood duck shouts increasingly loudly only to be accused of attention-seeking, rudeness and prejudice. The exuberant illustrations by Nathaniel Eckstrom cheekily convey the increasing bewilderment, frustration and impotence Duck feels as his public service message is ignored to the detriment of the previously quiet farmyard. An ideal read-aloud, this delightful book invites audience participation and reminds adults that even little folk, as author Meg McKinlay pertinently notes in her dedication, may have important things to say!