Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell
  

Farmer Duck

Written by Martin Waddell
Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

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Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month July 2016 A timeless classic with stunning illustrations Farmer Duck tells the story of a hard-working Duck who is saved from his life of drudgery when the animals on the farm revolt against their lazy farmer, tip him out of bed and send him packing. Now all the animals own the farm and do the work. Martin Waddell’s simple text captures the unjustness of the situation without labouring the point while Helen Oxenbury’s illustrations bring the farm dynamic vividly to life. This handsome board book edition celebrating the book's 25th anniversary makes it perfect for young readers. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Synopsis

Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell

A stunning 25th anniversary large board book edition of a picture book classic, this is the story of a hardworking duck, who has the very bad luck of living with a lazy farmer. The duck cooks and cleans, tends the fields and cares for all the other animals on the farm - and all while the famer lies in bed! Oh, how the duck has to work! That is, until the day the other animals decide to take action, and come to the rescue with a simple, but heroic plan...

Highly commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the winner of a British Book Award, this tale of farmyard friendship and justice is as powerful and as charming as ever, and is from two of the most celebrated picture book creators of all time - Owl Babies author, Martin Waddell, and Bear Hunt illustrator, Helen Oxenbury.

Reviews

"Marvellously expressive pictures and a stisfying text make this the outstanding picture book of the year." Sunday Times

About the Author

Martin Waddell

As a child

I've been blown up, buried alive and had cancer as an adult, and survived all these experiences, so I'm a very lucky man. I live where I lived as a child, and nearly all my stories come from things that have happened to me here, at the foot of the Mountain of Mourne.

As an artist
I work in an old stone barn beside my home, and dream my stories in the garden and on long walks on the beach in front of my house. I never write anywhere else. This is where I belong.

Things you didn't know about Martin Waddell

I can wiggle my ears. I am a very noisy tennis player. I had a cat that could open doors. My dog hears my stories before I write them. I scored a hat trick on my debut in adult football, but wound up as a goalkeeper. I used to run a junk stall. I like bringing up egg-shaped stones from the beach to my garden. I like apple tarts. I hate onions. I’m a happy man

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Book Info

Format

Board book
28 pages

Author

Martin Waddell
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Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

7th July 2016

ISBN

9781406365740

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