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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Monkey and Duck Find Some Luck! by Donna L Curtin and John P Curtin, Jr. is the story of how Monkey met his best friend, Duck. Monkey was walking in the park one day when a Duck came flying suddenly out of nowhere and hit him. The Monkey went to see if the Duck was okay, and Duck said he needed a doctor because his leg was hurt. They tried to hobble off to a doctor. The hobbling was not working and Duck came up with the idea of flying. Monkey held on to the Duck's good foot but again the Duck fell to the ground. Monkey realized he had hurt his arm. They saw a wagon and decided to use it. Will they be able to reach the doctor all by themselves or will they have to ask for help?
This is an adorable story of friendship, and it is fun to learn how the Monkey and the Duck meet and become the best of friends. The illustrations are delightful and colorful and they make all the characters in the story palpable and tangible to readers, along with giving the story a good pace and movement. The friendship between the Monkey and the Duck and the circumstances under which they become friend are real and relatable, and many readers will be able to identify with that. It is a good story for tutors to use for read-aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries to help children understand how different people with different personalities can be best friends, and it will be fun to ask children to speak about how they met their best friends.