In language that is inventively adroit, duck dares to copy her farmyard friends by dazzling, dozing and dilly-dally-dangling in a playful explosion of various romps. Deceptively simple, the question of ‘what did the duck do’ is answered by rhythmic actions to enchant and impress, until they all join in ‘dancing, dashing and dabbling’ together in a riot of fun.
The soft yet energetic illustrations are a perfect foil to the text and make this an altogether charming experience. Jane Massey knows how to get the best from watercolour and textures, while Joyce Dunbar knows how to be original. What better way to introduce little ones to a love of language and image?