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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.