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Grumpy Duck

Written by Joyce Dunbar

Illustrated by Petr Horacek

Bedtime Stories for Children Books for Babies and Toddlers Featured Books for 3+ readers Stories about Animals

LoveReading View on Grumpy Duck

A bad mood gives rise to a really joyous picture book.  Duck is cross and out of sorts. She can’t paddle in the pond because it’s dry and she’s got no-one to play with.  The other animals invite her to play with them but by then she’s really sulking, so deep in her bad mood – represented by an ever-growing black cloud over her head – that she grumps at them all, spreading her tetchiness. Then finally the black cloud bursts and all the animals, led by Duck, come together for a splashy, playful, raucous rendition of Singing in the Rain. Children will understand exactly how Duck feels, while Petr Horacek’s jewel-bright, richly textured artwork is spectacularly beautiful. 

Andrea Reece

Grumpy Duck Synopsis

The pond is dry and, even worse, there's a grey cloud following her around. Can any of Duck's friends cheer her up? A funny farmyard tale about friendship from Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by award-winning artist Petr Horacek with his trademark colourful flair.

Grumpy Duck Press Reviews

“Petr Horacek is one funny guy, as well as a natural-born teacher and a whizz with a paintbrush. Put him down as the thinking tot’s Eric Carle.”   Washington Post

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ISBN: 9781406378245
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406378245
Publication date: 4th October 2018
Author: Joyce Dunbar
Illustrator: Petr Horacek
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Genres: Bedtime Reading, Animals

About Joyce Dunbar

Joyce Dunbar was born and brought up in Lincolnshire. She taught English for 20 years before becoming a full-time writer. Her books for children include This is the Star, which became a world-wide best-seller, and Mundo and the Weatherchild, which was runner-up for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. The popular Mouse and Mole series has been animated for television with the voices of Alan Bennett and Richard Briers. She lives in Norwich. Read the author's Q&A here.

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