MichaŽl Escoffier. Kris Di Giacomo, illus. Claudia Bedrick, trans.
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A simple text and a delightfully spare cartoon art style make this book from France an easy read-along, but there's plenty of food for thought here as one rather pushy little duck insists on always being first. Barging ahead of his siblings and even his mother for play time and bath time, he suddenly finds that, for lunch time, he ought to be sure about what's on the menu before stepping up to be firstóand it quickly becomes clear that this is no message book but rather a subversive bit of comedy for readers up to 7.
"The look on the pushy duckling is priceless as she realizes that being first isn't all it's cracked up to be.... This delightful book will allow children to predict what will happen next and surprise them at the end."óSchool Library Journal