Stuck Duck

Children - Grade K-3rd
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 03/31/2022
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Author Biography

Brooke Vitale is a children's book editor, author, and proud founder of Charge Mommy Books, an independent publisher of playful, high-quality stories that children can really enjoy. She has written over a hundred books, including The Magic Is in You, The Mandalorian: A Clan of Two, Goonies: An Illustrated Classic, and her new Charge Into Reading Early Reader series, featuring Stuck Duck, Bug Hunt, How to Pick a Pet, and I Am Not a Rooster. Brooke spent more than fifteen years as an editor at prominent publishing companies, including Penguin Books for Young Readers and Disney Publishing. She now runs, a website dedicated to helping aspiring authors navigate the publishing and self-publishing industry. Brooke can be found on Instagram @Brooke.Vitale. For more information on her newest venture and upcoming books, visit or head over to @chargemommybooks on Instagram to see a new piece of a story dropping every day.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

Stuck Duck by Brooke Vitale is a cute story about a duck who starts out having a great day until something unexpected happens. Duck is feeling happy, and he picks a flower, content to take it on a walk with him, but there are some monkeys blowing trumpets above him, and soon a trumpet lands on Duck’s head. The trumpet is stuck on his head, and Duck cannot remove it after several tries. Duck asks a girl, a cat, and a dog to help him, but the trumpet stays firmly fixed to his head. Moving from mad to sad, Duck enters the zoo, thinking that this day is the worst of his life. However, an animal at the zoo may be able to assist him in an unexpected way.

Brooke Vitale has written a sweet book about the emotions a duck feels as his day goes from happy to challenging. Stuck Duck has colorful illustrations that support the text and bring the characters to life. Bright colors draw readers to the animals on the pages. The book addresses the emotions a child may feel if he or she is experiencing a good day, but a problem presents itself. Then, as the book progresses, the reader sees how the duck processes his anger and frustration. The book is perfect for preschool-aged children who may have trouble handling their feelings after an unexpected occurrence. Additionally, children will love the drawings of the characters as they sympathize, or empathize, with the protagonist.