A fresh take on a perennially appealing topic—the class pet… Appropriately for its audience, this early chapter book features an open and accessible layout, with frequent pencil illustrations that enhance the humor, help propel the action, and even occasionally add to characterization. Max may be a temporary visitor, but new readers will want to take DUCK FOR A DAY home on a more permanent basis.
—The Horn Book
Offering a droll, understated narrative and angular pencil illustrations, well-matched collaborators McKinlay and Rudge make the most of an auspicious premise… Underlying the story’s lightheartedness is a neatly delivered lesson about responsibility and cooperation.
Keeping to the theme of old concepts in new guises, the sweet story recounted in Meg McKinlay’s DUCK FOR A DAY gives us the eternal tension between pet-crazy children and pet-averse parents… This gentle chapter book for children ages 7-11 turns on the question of whether Abby, with her fastidious parents, or Noah, with his messy ones, will have the joy of hosting Max, the class duck, for one long delicious overnight…Leila Rudge sprinkles the pages with amusing drawings of the wide-faced human characters and the wide-bottomed duck. When things go awry (as they must) and Max vanishes from Abby’s house, it takes all of her and Noah’s ingenuity and mimicry to get him back safely.
—Wall Street Journal