Farmer Duck

Written by Martin Waddell

Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Books for Babies and Toddlers Featured Books for 3+ readers General Fiction

LoveReading View on Farmer Duck

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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Farmer Duck Synopsis

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.

Farmer Duck Press Reviews

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

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781406365733
Publication date: 01/09/2016
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406365740
Publication date: 07/07/2016
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Board book

ISBN: 9780744536607
Publication date: 04/09/1995
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406365740
Publication date: 7th July 2016
Author: Martin Waddell
Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Board book
Pagination: 28 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks
Other Categories: Bookshelf Essentials

About Martin Waddell

As a childI was read to a lot as a child by people who knew how to read stories. These stories came alive for me, and the love of story has stayed with me ever since. As an adultI'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 artistI work in an old stone barn ...

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