Icky Little Duckling by Steve Smallman

Icky Little Duckling

Written by Steve Smallman
Illustrated by Tim Warnes

Baby and Toddler   3+ readers   
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What a delightful story featuring a rather bemused rabbit who ends up with none other than a duckling in his burrow. However, rabbit doesn't want duckling to stay but duckling has other ideas. I wonder if they'll learn to live with each other or not.


Icky Little Duckling by Steve Smallman

One day, Mr Rabbit finds a smooth, speckly, perfect thing in the woods, and takes it back to his neat and tidy burrow. But this perfect thing is not quite what he thinks ... Suddenly, CRACK! out hatches an icky, sticky duckling! Mr Rabbit does not want something icky and sticky in his lovely burrow, but the little duckling has other ideas...

About the Author

Steve Smallman

Steve Smallman lives in Staffordshire with his wife, two dogs and two cats. He has four children and a grandchild. Steve has been illustrating children’s books for almost 30 years and writing his own stories for slightly less. He also teaches illustration workshops in schools, including mural-painting. Steve is the author of Smelly Peter the Great Pea Eater (Winner of the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2009) and The Lamb Who Came for Dinner (Shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award and read by Meatloaf on CITV's Bookaboo). When he’s not working, Steve enjoys films, television, gardening and walking in the countryside.

Steve Smallman on Steve Smallman:

I started working as an illustrator when I was in my final year at Art College and now, over 28 years later I still haven't got a proper job! I've illustrated literally hundreds of books, predominantly in educational publishing. A few years ago I was main illustrator for Longman's 'Story Street' reading scheme, illustrating 79 titles and writing 5.

I've worked in children's television, specifically in character development and most notably in the 'Raggy Doll' series in the mid to late 1980's. I have also done a certain amount of licensed work, illustrating characters such as Postman Pat, Bill and Ben and Sesame Street.

I've been described as an 'Animal Artist', not I hasten to add because I'm wild and hairy but because I love to draw animals and especially like to give them human characteristics.

I've been writing children's books for about 6 years and have already had several picture books published with more in development.

I've got 4 great children and although they're all adults now, my memories of them growing up inspire and inform my writing.

Click here to read a Little Tiger interview with Steve Smallman.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Little Tiger Press an imprint of Magi Publications

Publication date

1st February 2012




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