Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Hit the Ball Duck

Hit the Ball Duck

Jez Alborough
Picture Book
For ages 2 to 4
Kane/Miller, 2006   ISBN: 978-1929132966

Duck and his friends are going to the park to play a little baseball. It is decided that Goat will pitch, sheep will catch, and frog (because he is rather small) will call out the plays. With great enthusiasm Duck hits the first pitch. Unfortunately he hits the ball straight into a very tall tree where the ball promptly gets struck. Now what are the animals to do?

The duck gets the idea to throw the bat up into the tree to knock the ball off the branch it is stuck on. Unfortunately Duck's idea misfires and the animals now have both their bat AND their ball where they cannot get to them.

Full of shouts and sounds, and with wonderful illustrations showing the action from various angles and perspectives, this amusing rhyming picture book not only highlights funny duck and his baseball misadventures, but it also shows that team work is essential in a game of this kind and that even the smallest member of a team can play a very important role in the game.

This is one of a series of books about the adventures and misadventures of Duck and his animal friends.