A career-minded duck conveys an important message about finding your own way in this funny, quirky story.
Duck wants a job. All his friends have jobs in the city, and they never stop talking about them. Duck doesn’t think a job in the city sounds very exciting, but he decides to try it — and it’s not long before he discovers that it is not for him! He knows he needs to follow his heart and pursue his dream of being an artist. And when he does, he realizes he’s found a job that he truly loves.
It’s a story that may be as inspiring to professionally alienated adults as it is entertaining for kids. Both audiences will appreciate the stylish Risograph drawings—which combine bold graphic shapes with softly speckled textures—and the plucky, if slightly neurotic, protagonist who just wants to do what he loves. —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The text is short, in keeping with early-elementary attention spans…the important message here is that the creative life is a great choice. —Kirkus Reviews
Adults might be better suited to appreciate the sly jokes about the drudgery of cubicle farms, but the overall message of sticking with your true interests instead of following the flock is one that’s sure to resonate with kids. —Booklist
…the message of being true to yourself and doing what you love is a good one…Subject matter and text within the illustrations make this better suited to an older audience. —School Library Journal