It's Useful to Have a Duck

By ISOL (Illustrator)
(Groundwood Books, Loose Leaf, 9780888999276, 32pp.)

Publication Date: March 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2009 Kids' List
“A boy lists the many things he can do with a duck: use him as a hat, a nose, a whistle, or a straw. It's a sweet, funny, straightforward list ... until you flip the book over and discover that It's Useful to Have a Boy. Now, it's the duck's turn to report on everything the boy mentioned, but with a wonderful, ducky spin. This offbeat book, with funny illustrations by Argentine author/illustrator Isol, gets you thinking about seeing what seems to be the same thing from quite different points of view.”
-- Jackie Lotsberg, Wild Rumpus, Minneapolis, MN


A little boy finds a rubber duck and uses him as a hat, a straw, a nose. But how does the duck use the little boy? By turning the book over, readers find the same story told from the duck’s point of view. Witty line drawings and text by the gifted Argentine author/illustrator Isol remind even the youngest child that there are always two points of view, and more than one way to be. This charming, innovative book in the form of an accordion is beautifully packaged in a slipcase.

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