In this quirky yet sweet picture book about the joy and power of reading, Duck learns that even books without pictures can be fun. While he and his friend Bug may struggle at first to decipher their book, they stick with it, and before long they discover that not only can they read it, but it deserves a place on the shelf with all their favorite picture books. Author-artist Sergio Ruzzier has created a fanciful tribute to books of all kinds. It includes bothwords AND pictures.
"Title notwithstanding, this is a picture book. But it's about the power of words, explained in a visual way. A duckling finds a book lying on the ground, but his interest turns to frustration when he sees that it has no pictures. Encouraged by a friendly bookbug, the duckling tries to read the book. The accompanying picture shows him literally crossing a bridge into the world of words, where the illustrations are full of rich color and imaginative shapes. When he realizes he can pick out some of the words, the two characters become caught up in the story. Fanciful pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations fill in the spare narrative line. As the duckling gains confidence, the pictures become more detailed and colorful. Unique endpapers add another dimension to the story. The opening ones show just the text of the book with its letters scrambled, while those at the back print it in the correct order, echoing the duckling's beginning and ending as a reader. This imaginative story cleverly invites new readers into an enticing world of discovery.--Whitehurst, Lucinda Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"This isn't a book about books; it's a book about learning to read. A duckling with a pink beak picks up a fat volume and discovers, in the irritated comment of the title, that it has no pictures. "Can you read it?" asks his sidekick, a bug. "I'm not sure," says the duckling. "Words are so difficult." In luminous watercolors, Ruzzier (Two Mice) shows the duckling and bug crossing into a strange, many-colored world, where unfamiliar words are represented as odd machines, blobby shapes, and bizarre creatures. When the duckling stumbles on a word he knows ("bee," "flower"), its recognizable image pops up among the mysterious ones. Duckling and bug wander through the ever-changing landscape of reading-"There are wild words... and peaceful words"-before landing cozily in bed. Ruzzier's story offers gentle empathy for kids tackling this intimidating task. Observant readers will note that the endpapers represent learning to read, too; the initial pair retells the story as a beginner might see it, with most of the words scrambled, while the words of the final endpapers read clearly-and no pictures there, either. Ages 3-5. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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