Sitting Ducks by Michael Bedard

I had seen this book on more than one occasion before I finally opened it up and flicked through. Spotting an illustration that seemed familiar I had a closer look at the page and finally decided that it reminded me of the picture Night Hawk by Edward Hopper.

Page from Sitting Ducks by Michael Bedard

Page from Sitting Ducks by Michael Bedard

Night Hawks by Edward Hopper

Night Hawks by Edward Hopper

Other pages triggered memories of other images, for example, the pipe screen saver on many P.Cs.



Sitting Ducks by Michael Bedard














The book opens with a mass production line were the reader see a never-ending line of eggs on a conveyor belt going through what must be an incubator and out the other side as ducks. The belt is manned by alligators. And as you probably guessed, the ducks are destined to be consumed by the alligators.

This state of affairs is disrupted for one duck. His egg does not follow the normal route and does not hatch out in the incubator but continues on the conveyor belt before falling off and hatching. Spotted by an alligator he is spirited away. The alligator now attempts to fatten the duck to the point where it is worth eating. But, things do not go according to plan.

Familiarity breeds friendship and generates guilty feelings in the alligator and bravery in Duck and together they hatch an escape plan.

An amusing book that links art and story telling to make you laugh as well working through issues of friendship and empathy. Great for using with all ages.

Experience Sitting Ducks on YouTube.


About booksfrommybookshelf

I am a passionate reader of children's books (Primary aged) with a particular interest in picture books. I am always on the look out for children's books at are written by authors from other countries. I am also keen on technology and try to keep abreast of what is happening in a fast changing world. At present my day job is to support teachers and local authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region (UK), which I really enjoy. Another aspect of my work is to present nationally developed work for the National Strategies. With economic cuts my job will terminate in Spring next year and I may be carrying out independent work based around high quality picture books. My other interest include my allotment, knitting and last but not least my family. My Twitter name is Orlama.
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