Odd Duck: great picture book about eccentricity and ducks


Cecil Castellucci and Sara Varon have a new picture-book/kids' comic out from FirstSecond today called Odd Duck, and it's a delight (no surprise there, I never met a Cecil Castellucci project I didn't like).

Odd Duck is the story of Theodora, "a perfectly normal duck" who likes her routine -- swimming, stretching, taking books out of the library, buying duck kibble, doing craft projects (with duck burlap, naturally) and star-gazing. When Chad moves in next door, Theodora can tell she's not going to get along with him. He makes weird abstract sculptures, dyes his feathers funny colors, and talks a mile a minute.

When both of them are stuck together overwinter (Theodora never manages to migrate, and Chad breaks his wing making abstract sculpture) they discover a shared love of the stars, and become best friends. But when they overhear a mean duck in town say, "Look at that odd duck!" they both assume she's talking about the other one, and that kicks off a rotten fight, and a lot of soul-searching.

This is a beautiful parable about eccentricity, friendship, self-awareness, the majesty of the night sky, and the benefits of balancing a cup of tea on your head (for posture!). The artwork is gorgeous (thanks to FirstSecond for supplying the first chapter excerpt below), and the writing is absolutely charming. When I got my advance copy, my five-year old demanded nightly readings of this one for a solid week.

Odd Duck







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3 Responses to “Odd Duck: great picture book about eccentricity and ducks”

  1. teknocholer says:

    Your daughter would probably like another book about a different-drummer type,  Tacky the Penguin.
    http://www.amazon.com/Tacky-Penguin-Helen-Lester/dp/0395562333/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1368632509&sr=8-1

  2. Stickarm says:

    Sara Varon is an astounding genius and a very nice person. So good to see her work here.

  3. I love Sara Varon’s work. Lovely art that is filled with empathically interesting characters. My daughter loves her Chicken and Cat books.

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