First Second, Hardcover, 9781596435575, 96pp.
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Theodora is a perfectly normal duck. She may swim with a teacup balanced on her head and stay north when the rest of the ducks fly south for the winter, but there's nothing so odd about that.
Chad, on the other hand, is one strange bird. Theodora quite likes him, but she can't overlook his odd habits. It's a good thing Chad has a normal friend like Theodora to set a good example for him.
But who exactly is the odd duck here? Theodora may not like the answer.
Sara Varon ("Robot Dreams") teams up with Cecil Castellucci ("Grandma's Gloves") for a gorgeous, funny, and heartwarming examination of the perils and pleasures of friendship.
A "Kirkus Reviews" Best Book of 2013.
Sara Varon is a printmaker, graphic novelist, and children's book author/illustrator living in Brooklyn. Her books include "Odd Duck, Bake Sale, Robot Dreams, Chicken & Cat, "and" Chicken & Cat Clean Up". They have received many accolades--among others, "Odd Duck" was selected by "Kirkus Reviews" as one of the Best Children's Books of 2013, "Bake Sale" was named a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for 2012, and "Robot Dreams "was on Oprah's Kids' Reading List in 2008. In 2013 Sara Varon was a recipient of the Maurice Sendak Fellowship.
"Varon’s gentle art and Castellucci’s nuanced writing combine in a sweet, quiet tale that celebrates the joys of being unique." -- Booklist
* "This clever celebration of individuality delights." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A lively friendship story that shows it’s more fun to be different than “normal,” and most fun of all to be different with a buddy." -- The Horn Book
* "Warm and with solid insight into the nature of quirk, this title will amuse most readers, and it may be a welcome balm for those who feel a bit different." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"Middle-graders on the verge of dog-eat-dog adolescence may find the idea of oddball pals sticking together a bolstering and affirmative one; the quirky tale may also serve as a nice prompt for a class discussion of friendship or idiosyncratic behavior." -- BCCB