April 22, 2009

Ducks Don’t Wear Socks by John Nedwidek

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 5:13 pm by suebe2

ducksdont1Ducks Don’t Wear Socks (AR 1. 7 )

by John Nedwidek

Viking

The silly title of this book sets the tone for equally silly text and illustrations.

Maybe most waterfowl don’t wear socks, but Duck does at least when his feet are cold.  He also wears a tie, a cowboy hat, boots and underwear when the mood strikes.

This could be silly enough but give Duck a straightman, or girl, to play off of and it gets even funnier.  Enter Emily.

Emily takes life and herself seriously.   Very seriously.  She isn’t sure what to make of Duck but there’s no chance she’s going to straighten him out.  The only choice remaining?  To join in the fun.

Nedwidek’s spare text is marvelously complimented by Lee White’s colorful illustrations.  Is it just coincidence that all of the adults in the book look serious, some of them painfully so, even when Emily manages to lighten up?

The text is short enough for a newer reader to tackle but words like “wear” and “serious,” with their tricky vowel combinations, may require some assistance. 

Why not share this book, and join in the fun?

–SueBE

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