November 17, 2017

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redstarDuck on a Tractor/Un pato en tractor. 11 min. Weston Woods. 2017. $59.95. ISBN 9781338161885. BL

PreS-Gr 3 –In 2002, Duck tried out a bicycle in Duck on a Bike, but author David Shannon left his audience on tenterhooks. What’s the next vehicle Duck will try? Here’s the answer: Duck drives the farm tractor, taking the other barnyard animals on a joyride through town. Shannon’s newest Duck tale follows the same pattern as the first, comparing what is said (“Woof!”) with each animal’s accompanying thoughts, which adds to the humor. Shannon’s illustrations are animated and lively. This production provides the story in Spanish and English, with read-along options available in both languages. Walter Mayes narrates the English version, effectively bringing to life each animal. Jorge Reyes is a sheer delight as he narrates the Spanish version with great enthusiasm and barely contained glee. Music and sound effects round out the production, and there’s even an original song. VERDICT Viewers will enjoy this zany rollick through absurdity and wonder what Duck will be up to next.–Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA

This review was published in the School Library Journal May 2017 issue.

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