Waddell, Martin Farmer Duck, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. PICTURE BOOK. Candlewick Press, 2017. $16.99. Content: G.
Duck lives on a farm owned by a very lazy farmer. Instead of doing the work himself, the farmer expects Duck to do everything. He constantly checks on Duck's work, but actually spends all his days laying in bed. Duck gets more and more worn out until his fellow farm animals decide to take action and run the farmer off the land--"officially" taking over the farm for themselves and Duck.
This is the 25th anniversary anniversary edition and the foreword touts itself as a classic from the get-go. I appreciated the innate justice to the story and imagine young readers will get a kick out of the animals taking charge. The actual text involves a great deal of non-rhyming repetition and it got old really fast, but its just the right length for a good read-aloud. The illustrations are nice and in general its a good all-around picture book but nothing here to blow your mind.
Pre-K, EL (K-3)--OPTIONAL. Reviewer: TC