Lucky Duck by Jonathan Shipton is a nice picture book for bedtime reading. It's available from places like Amazon for £4.99, but we got it as part of a brilliant value pack from Bananas.co.uk which included 10 Macmillan picture books (including this one) for £8. They're out of stock at the minute but do search around as often these things come back in stock, or on a similar seller's website.
Lucky Duck is a story about a little duck who goes missing. The grandson was particularly fond of the star of this story, as he's rather keen on ducks anyway. The little boy in the story is obviously sad at losing his duck, as they had played and read and slept together for years. But duck went missing at Gran's house and sadly just could not be found, so the little boy had to go on growing up without him and find new toys with which to occupy himself instead. Eventually, the boy returns to Gran's house as an adult, with his own son in tow. His son goes exploring in Gran's attic, and guess what he finds? Yes of course, it's Duck!
An adult will think this is a lovely story, and I'd imagine that slightly older children will enjoy it too. The trouble with this book from a very young child's point of view is that to really appreciate the surprise of finding duck, you have to have some basic understanding of the concept of time. And of course, most very young children don't have that understanding! So when duck is found all those years later, it's really not that big of a deal to the average three or four year old.
The layout, length of text and general format are all very much aimed at the average three to five year old, but the choice of text would only really be understood by a slightly older child, while the actual subject is more likely to appeal to a two or three year old.
Besides that, this is a nice bedtime story book. The words flow relatively easily, and call for a good amount of expression and tone throughout which the listener will appreciate. The pictures are really nice as well, with lots of large, boldy coloured illustrations on every page.
This is hardly up there with The Gruffalo or This is the Bear, but as part of a bargain pack like we got our hands on - this is a nice little story to have in your collection. Bought individually for £5 I don't think quite so much of it. Perhaps it has it's place bought alone by a parent trying to explain a lost favourite toy, but as far as bedtime reading goes, this is acceptable but nothing special.
Lucky Duck is a rather sweet little picture book aimed at young children and written and illustrated by Jonathan Shipton and Suzanne Diederen. It tells the story of the very strong bond one little boy has with his very special toy - a story which I am sure that most children and parents will be able to relate to.
The little boy is Lenny and the special toy is Duck. Duck is the sort of toy that does everything with Lenny - drawing, playing, even going on holiday which is sadly where it all goes wrong. On holiday, which is staying at Gran's house by the sea, they still do everything together right up until the time when they are due to go home. All of a sudden Duck has disappeared and Lenny is distraught. Even though they look everywhere they have to leave without him.
Many years pass and even though Lenny plays with lots of other toys he never forgets Duck. Then one day when he is grown up and married with a son of his own, they go back and visit Gran. Lenny's little boy goes off exploring and lo and behold! he finds Duck in the attic, a little more dusty and dirty but nevertheless, Lenny's same duck. The last couple of pages finish off the story beautifully with these words:
And that's what happens with some lucky ducks.
They get lost ...
And squashed ...
and left behind, but one day....
..they find their boy!
I always think this is so sweet at the end and also as well it makes you realise the significance of the title. All the way through you may be thinking that the duck is not so lucky, but then with such a lovely ending, you can see why he is a 'Lucky Duck' after all!
There are a couple of things that I particularly like about this story. Firstly, at the beginning, we learn that the duck is so special because it was given to Lenny by his dad. This is good, because, so often in this type of story, the special relationship is between the mum and the child. Also, I like the way there is such a strong bond between the child and the toy. Both my daughters have toys that they love so much that you would almost think they were real and that is just like it is with Lenny and his duck! Also though, our toys often get taken out all over the place, and sometimes they get lost too! I forever seem to be warning the girls about this, and now, having read 'Lucky Duck', I can remind them of what happened to Lenny and his duck, and often that is enough to help them decide that it's probably a better idea to leave theirs at home!
It's a very straightforward little story but one that I feel is very meaningful to young children. Every page has just a small amount of text and that is always accompanied by some beautiful illustrations. These are all very gentle and tranquil with soft colours which gives a bit of an old fashioned feel to the book. The language is very accessible too, and it's the sort of book that once children have read a few times, they can easily start retelling the story back to you.nd at the moment can be bought on Amazon for only
Overall we really like this book and recommend it for children up to the ages of about five or six. It is published by MacMillan and at the moment can be bought on Amazon for £4.99
Duck is Lenny's best thing and they do everything together, so Lenny is heartbroken when his toy is lost one summer. Lenny never forgets his special friend, not even when he is all grown up with children of his own. Then one day, Lenny's son, Ben, is playing in his grandmother's attic when he makes a very important discovery...This is a beautifully warm story about childhood treasures and family affection through the generations.