9/9/07

'No More Diapers For Ducky ' (Sort of a Book Review)




Today, I went to Barnes and Noble to read a picture book I've been dying to read , instead of waiting around hoping the author would send a review copy. I don't know every author and agents criteria for sending books for review, and I didn't get a copy of Mo More Diapers For Ducky so I decided to go to my favorite section at my local book store and read a copy. So, please excuse this rather informal book review of a good book I read in Barnes And Noble, my favorite book store.

In the book, No More Diapers For Ducky, Bernette Ford and Sam Williams invite us into the world of Piggy and Ducky. Ducky and Piggy share the common pre-school challenge of how and when they should stop wearing diapers. Children learn by imitating other children, and love reading about characters with whom they can identify, especially when the characters identify with each other as well as Piggy and Ducky.

These two friends are friends who can relate, with the exception that Ducky is still in diapers, of course.

William's cuddly illustrations and Bernette's matter-of-fact, yet empathic prose, nicely capture these adorable characters as they cope with their growing pains.



When I arrived at Barnes and Noble, I sat at my favorite table in the children's area, and began to read, 'No More Diapers For Ducky' aloud.



Two little girls who shared my table pretended not to listen to me reading the "baby" book, and keep glancing at me with unsure half grins on their faces.

I think they were the same children who sat with me during story time at the library last week, but I'm not sure. The girls acted as if they were reading their own books, but I could tell they were listening. Here's what I read...

Ducky arrives at Piggy's house wearing her diapers, and knocks on the door. Piggy calls out to her and says he cannot come out to play, because he's on the potty.

Therefore, Ducky goes in Piggy's room and plays with his toys, but returns a while later and knocks on the door again. After knocking, Ducky gets the same reaction, Piggy is still on the potty (actually reading a book) and says he cannot come outside to play.

However, when Ducky was in Piggy's room playing, she realized her diaper was wet, and quickly took it off, saying, "No More Diapers For Ducky!" before knocking on Piggy's door again.

There's the funniest full page illustration of Piggy on the potty in this part of the book. Piggy's pants lay on the floor in the bathroom as he sits on the potty with the most serious expression I've ever seen on a pig!

After Piggy hears that Ducky has removed her diaper and needs to get in the bathroom, the situation is reversed and Piggy goes in his room to play, while Ducky is on the potty reading a book about pigs!


No More Diapers For Ducky
Bernette Ford (Author)
Sam Williams (Illustrator)
Published by Boxer Books, (March 28, 2006)
Ages Baby to Pre-school

8 comments:

Marja said...

I love reading to the children I work with and I will look out for this one.

Blog Author Ann Clemmons said...

Marja, This is a great one! It is a blast to read aloud! Thanks for the comment~ :)

Ann

220-601 said...

so what is your opinion that when they should stop it?

350-029 said...

I really enjoyed this post, fantastic work, I am looking for some more from you.

Anonymous said...

My preschool class is named the Ducks and starts at age two. One of the things we work on during the year is potty training. My kids love this book. I've had a couple start training because they were inspired by Ducky and don't want anymore cold, wet diapers. I love this book.

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