FICTION

How Selfish

words & pictures. (Dot and Duck). Apr. 2020. 32p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9780711244474.
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PreS-K–Following up on How Rude, this author-illustrator duo present the story of Duck and Dot, an avian and human pair of friends who sometimes experience conflict in their relationship. Duck is a bright yellow bird with a big beak, and Dot, a child of indeterminate gender, is clad in a red spotted and hooded shirt. In this episode, it is Dot whose behavior is unseemly. The child will not share with Duck. At each greedy act, Duck thinks “How selfish!” Though Duck attempts to negotiate, the two finally reach an impasse and find themselves bored and lonely. In the end, they learn to share. The story is told entirely in short dialogue, at times seeming like a panel-less comic book with multiple actions on each page. Tallec’s drawings are simple but expressive, done in his signature childlike style. His focus is on the characters, with few background images in the white space.
VERDICT A straightforward offering about sharing.

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