Review Blog

Jul 02 2015

Ducks to water by Brett Avison

cover image

Ill. by Janine Dawson. Five Mile Press, 2015. ISBN 9781760066062
(Ages: 2-7) The product of a New Zealand author and Sydney-based illustrator, Ducks to water is the fourth book in the Bigger Digger series (others are Stuck in the muck, Pigs might fly and A bigger digger). The verse is engaging and fun to read aloud. The illustrations are bright and colourful and the rural setting has an Australian farm feel. There was just one thing that bothered me and it is the use of the word 'dumb' to describe the ducklings who think Oscar the dog is their mum. It seems an inappropriate word to use in a picture book for young children, who are usually discouraged from its use. It is a shame as the rest of the rhyming verse is incredibly enjoyable. The narrative itself is fun and fast-paced. Young Bryn and his dog follow the quacks, to find the ducks have no water in their pond. They enlist Ted and Ken to help fix the problem and afterwards they are all, human and ducks, able to enjoy the water. There is also the humourous side story of the ducklings hatching and thinking the dog is their mum, which will amuse young readers to no end! There is a nice pop-up on one of the last pages of the ducklings jumping into the pond. Overall, a rollicking fun story, good for encouraging children to read along with the story, great for exploring rhyme and narrative, and wonderful, comical-style illustrations.
Nicole Nelson

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
2017 Children's Peace Literature Award Short List
Inkys Awards 2017
2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award
2017 NSW Premier's History Awards
The Queensland Literary Awards 2017
CBCA Awards 2017 winners
Environment Award for Children's Literature 2017
Speech Pathology shortlist 2017
2017 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals
2017 Branford Boase Award
2017 UKLA Book Awards

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates