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Just Call Me Dumb Cluck! Duck Is Stuck by Zoubida Mounssin

Duck has been flying for quite a while. His wings need a rest.

He lands on the icy lake. In no time he falls asleep, deeply asleep. And when he wakes up…

DUCK IS STUCK.

He flips his feet. He flaps his wings. No go! His feet are frozen in the pond.

Uh-Oh! It wouldn’t be so bad to get stuck in the muck. Swamps are mucky places. It’s not so unusual to be stuck in a truck. Trucks break down and need a tow frequently. But…

“HOW IN THE WORLD DID YOU GET INTO THAT SITUATION?”

IT’S SNOWFLAKE THE RABBIT.

This is embarrassing. Seriously.

Duck has to explain the obvious and ask a bunny for help. Snowflake obliges, with vigorous thumping from her fairly impressive back feet. But…

No cracks.

Blackbird lands on the ice and poses the same question. He tries to break the ice by pecking it. Nothing.

Next the now familiar question comes from the Moses the Moose. Moses has four big hooves, but he’s afraid he’ll crack the ice and then they’ll all be in the drink! Who can help?

Just then a little fish named Rachel sees the problem from the underside of the ice where Duck’s feet are quietly turning blue. And she knows what to do! Quickly she swims to the lodge of the best animal plumber in the pond.

BERT THE BEAVER!

Bert the Beaver’s got just the tool for the job. He applies his big wide tail to the problem.

BAM! BAM! BAM!

CRACK!

And Duck finally catches a break, in Zoubida Mounssin’s Duck Is Stuck (Clavis, 2018). Mounssin’s critter characters deliver their repetitious lines in perfect deadpan style, while illustrator Pascale Moutte-Baur augments the humor on her pages divided by the ice, with the mortified Duck shown above and below. The clever illustrations have the appearance of paper collage and utilize both split page and varying perspectives to heighten the theme of crowd-sourcing cooperation! Three cheers for teamwork!

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