A Good Day for Ducks Reviews

School Library Journal

“This charming story captures the joy of a rainy day….. The tale will resonate with many small children. The ink and watercolor artwork adds to the lighthearted mood….VERDICT A comforting and appealing choice for storytimes and one-on-one sharing.”
–Robin Sofge

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Kirkus Reviews

“Impressionistic illustrations use light, splashy washes of color with scratchy ink outlines and white backgrounds, conveying both the excitement of the rainy outdoor scenes and the familiar, cozy atmosphere inside. The simple plot, short length, and rich vocabulary make this a fine choice for toddlers just beginning to listen to real stories, but there’s enough interest and action for older preschoolers as well. Just right to enjoy after a rainy-day outing while sipping a cup of hot chocolate and perhaps wearing a pair of bunny slippers.”

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Seattle Book Review

“We rated this book:  [5/5]…Author Jane Whittingham has written a spare text filled with onomatopoeia and lyrical writing that will charm little ones and those who read to them. The gorgeous watercolor illustrations by Noel Tuazon seem to be washed by the stormy day, and they are the perfect complement to this enchanting story. This is a sweet story children will ask for over and over.”
—Rosi Hollinbeck

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CM Magazine

“A Good Day for Ducks would make for a good bedtime story as it does not contain any sort of strong plot or exciting events. However, the basic storyline is likely relatable to the intended young audience.

The author selected basic sight words and includes lots of repetition throughout the story, making the book suitable for beginning readers. Children would likely pick up the vocabulary quickly after hearing it read aloud several times.”

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“With a large font format, plenty of onomatopoeia, and simple watercolour illustrations, this offering is a great read aloud for preschool groups or family time. The lovely depiction of a brother and sister who are close in age, and perfect companions, heartwarmingly shows a wonderful example of being content with simply playing in the rain, sharing a snuggly drink, and quietly drawing together.”
—Nicole Rowlinson

Youth Services Book Review

What did you like about the book? This is a sweet story about two young children enjoying a wonderful rainy day….The text is very simple and this will appeal to younger children. Sounds effects such as ‘drip drop’, ‘splish splash’, and ‘quack quack’ will also appeal to a younger audience and could be fun for a library story time.”
Kristin Guay, Centerville Library, Centerville, MA

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Fab Book Reviews

“A Good Day for Ducks is the wonderfully rhythmic, sing-song tale of siblings who show readers just how best to enjoy the rain- and how to make the most of cozy and fun indoor activities after the rain….Readers will likely find much to love in the lightheartedness that A Good Day for Ducks offers. The combination of effective, chanting-like text (perfect short length for toddlers and up to appreciate!) with lovely, soft watercolor and ink drawings makes for another great picture book from the Canadian author and artist duo.”

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Orange Marmalade

“This exuberant ode to the joys of rainy days is toddler perfection!

The brief, lyrical text ripples with energy…Swishy, perky watercolor illustrations amplify the sense of freedom and joy. Ages 18 months and up.”

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Canadian Bookworm

“This is a book in celebration of a rainy day, of siblings, and of the fun of experience. Like Jane’s previous book Wild One, this is a book about children enjoying nature.”

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Book Time

“In A Good Day for Ducks by Jane Whittingham we get to embrace our inner child and spend a day in the rain…This book makes me wish for rainy spring – not fall – days.”

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Vancouver Mom

“Gentle repetition and some onomatopoeia are keys to toddler happiness. Add textured illustrations and she’s hooked. This book lays out a perfect day in the rain complete with splashing, puddle jumping and watching the ducks. We enjoyed all the repeats and action words and phrases that are fun to say.”

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