Hit The Ball, Duck by Jez Alborough

Hit The Ball, Duck

Written by Jez Alborough

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Duck and his friends have already a number of serious disasters: Duck’s exuberance tends to get the better of him. Here, the friends are off to play with bat and ball. Everyone has a job to do, Goat will bowl, Sheep can catch, Frog will call when Duck is out and, Duck will bat. But Duck’s first whack sends the ball flying high into a tree where it firmly sticks. How the animals get the ball out of the tree involves one calamity after another before the game can resume. Told in bouncing rhyming couplets which perfectly capture the daftness of the plot, this makes perfect reading aloud. (2+)


Hit The Ball, Duck by Jez Alborough

Duck and friends go out one day
with a bat, a ball and a glove to play.

Duck hits the ball – but where does it fall?
On a branch in the tree, now they can’t play at all.

Frog has an idea, Duck lends a hand
but nothing turns out quite as planned.


'With a nod to Dr. Seuss and a wink to John Burningham, Jez Alborough deals an irresistible lesson in rhyme and rhythm as well as storytelling, which is hugely entertaining.'

'Rhyme, illustration, wit and inventiveness combine to produce outstanding quality.'

'Alborough's text is perfect for reading out loud and the mix of close-up and panoramic illustrations give an animated, live-action feel.'

'Colourful, arresting and busting with action.'

'A really great story; the best Duck book so far.'

About the Author

Jez Alborough

Jez Alborough was born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey in 1959. As a young boy he was always very creative but it was not until a guest bought him a box of crisp white paper, some pencils and a rubber that he expressed his creativity in drawing. As Jez says "It was an act of support and encouragement which I have never forgotten. The identity of this guest remains to this day a mystery. I like to think he was my guardian angel."

Jez is very much in demand for storytelling events for children, as well as speaking about his work to librarians and teachers.

He lives in London with his wife and enjoys playing the guitar and walking along the river.

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40 pages
Interest Age: From 3 To 6


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Harpercollins Publishers

Publication date

3rd April 2006




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