Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wrong Way by Mark Macleod, illustrated by Judith Rossell

A delightfully naughty duckling persists in going his own way. His siblings, Right Way and Your Way, do just what mother duck wants, but Wrong Way insists on marching to his own drummer. Whether his legs are bored with walking or he insists on eating snails when everyone else is going for a swim, he does things his own way. Eventually, his mother and siblings agree that it's not the wrong way - it's just different.

The story is a bit light and a little too heavy-handed in its moral in places, but the real appeal of this picture book is the pictures. The ducklings are adorably fluffy and Rossell has perfectly captured their gawky awkwardness and long legs. Their mother is comfortably fluffy and agreeably indulgent. The soft pastels and delicate details of the ducks and landscape are extremely appealing.

Verdict: A delightfully calming book for toddlers and well worth the extra effort to purchase it - Kane Miller titles can be purchased here as well as through independent bookstores and Barnes and Noble.

ISBN: 9781610670777; Published March 2012 by Kane Miller; Review copy provided by publisher; Added to the library's wishlist

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