There's a Duck in the House

Children - Animals
22 Pages
Reviewed on 01/25/2024
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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

There's A Duck In The House is a children's book written by Don M. Winn and illustrated by Joshua Wichterich. It is a lazy day. At home, Martha reads a book while Frank goes upstairs to run a bath. When Martha starts screaming, Frank comes running as the sound in the chimney grows louder. Both are afraid until finally, a duck comes out, covered in soot. Frank and Martha both try to shoo the duck outside. The duck jumps on Frank's chair, before waddling up to the bathroom where he climbs in for a bath. For the first time, Frank and Martha see that the duck is brown, not black. Waddling into Frank's closet, the duck steals one of Frank's ties before going to the kitchen to eat Martha's freshly baked cake. Excited at what she is seeing, Martha quickly puts a party hat on the duck, causing Frank to run outside for some fresh air. As the duck follows Frank, Martha suggests they call the duck Oliver. When Frank realizes that the duck is out of the house, he quickly runs back inside, closing all the doors and locking them. Feeling victorious, Frank looks at the duck which is now staring at him through the window...

By this point I was in hysterics, laughing so hard my stomach hurt. Don M. Winn's hilarious tale, based on a true story, amused me so much that I contacted my mother, who lives on the other side of the world, and told her what I'd just read. For the first time, a single book connected us both emotionally via a long-distance phone call. The illustrations are perfectly in sync with the story and I have a feeling that There's A Duck In The House will be one of those wonderful tales that is handed down through generations, causing many giggles for years to come. Amazing stories such as this type are what keep a party flowing, adding a hefty dose of mirth to the festivities. I believe adults and children alike will love There's A Duck In The House and am thankful that I was blessed enough to pick it from the bookshelf for review.

Philip Van Heusen

What would you do if a duck entered your house through your chimney and didn’t want to leave? Find out how aggravating and interesting a visit by a wild duck can be in There’s a Duck in the House by Don M. Winn. Follow the duck as Frank and Martha Tuttle try to shoo him off Frank’s favorite chair, out of the bathtub, and out of Frank’s closet. Enjoy Martha’s attempt at naming the duck and helping Frank learn how to enjoy the duck’s visit. What outfit do you think the duck chose to wear from Frank’s closet? Why did the duck follow Frank around? Your child will “quack up” at the antics of this duck. The book is enjoyable to read, and the illustrations delight the eyes.

Based on a real-life event in the life of Don M. Winn, There’s a Duck in the House will delight the imaginations of all who read it. This whimsical story will allow your child’s imagination to run wild as they try to guess what the duck does next. It will cause your child’s eyes to light up with enjoyment, and their voices to rise in laughter. When you read this book to and with your child, use it as a flash point to ignite conversations about what they would do if a duck—or other bird—visited your house. Help your child learn the difference between reality (what this story is based on) and imagination (what this story became). Take time to read with your child, and the rewards will last a lifetime.

Mimie Odigwe

There's A Duck In The House is a children's picture book written by Don M. Winn and accompanied by delightful illustrations by Joshua Wichterich. This book takes readers on a charming tale with Frank and Martha Tuttle. The couple's serene morning becomes wild when a duck tumbles down the chimney. As the couple tries to guide the duck back outdoors, chaos ensues. The duck, it turns out, has developed a fondness for the couple's home, from their cozy bathtub to the corners of their closets. It revels in their clothes, snacks, and chairs, but most of all, it’s enamored with Frank. Frank isn’t on board with this unwanted houseguest, and the couple tries to get the duck out.

Don M. Winn weaves a delightful narrative peppered with humor that will tickle the funny bones of children and adults alike. The story’s charm is elevated by Joshua Wichterich’s beautiful illustrations, bringing the characters and their feathered friend to life on the pages. This enchanting book is not just a visual treat. It is an engaging shared reading experience for children of all ages. The simple yet captivating storyline invites young readers to ponder the whimsical scenario—what to do when a duck refuses to leave? With its lighthearted tone and vivid imagery, There's A Duck In The House is a heartwarming addition to any children’s library. With an ending that suggests a funny loop, this book delivers laughter and warmth in equal measure, making it a perfect choice for cozy storytime sessions with youngsters.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Have you ever had a bird fall down your chimney into the fireplace? I have. How about a duck? Now, you’re probably wondering how a duck would get into the chimney in the first place. Well, perhaps we’ll never know, but it does make for an interesting and humorous story, as Don M. Winn proves in his book, There’s a Duck in the House. His duck comes down their chimney all covered in soot, then makes himself at home, first in Frank’s favorite chair, leaving a dust bowl of soot all over the chair. Then, he finds his way to the bathroom where Frank’s late morning bubble bath awaits and the duck dives in, turning the clean bubbles and water into a sooty mess. But that’s not all the duck does – he invades every space of the house and makes everything his, even Frank. Yup! He’s decided that Frank is his newest best friend and he’s determined to follow Frank everywhere.

Don M. Winn’s picture book, There’s A Duck in the House, is a riotously funny adventure, based on an actual event. Told in simple language so young readers can easily follow along, the plot follows the duck’s invasion of Frank and Martha’s house and the messy havoc that follows his every step. The illustrations add to the humor of the unfolding plot and readers young and old will be sharing more than a few chuckles. This is a great story for quality, shared family time. Loved it!

Astrid Iustulin

It is a quiet day at Martha and Frank's home. She is reading a book, and he is preparing for a morning bath, but suddenly, something unusual happens. They hear strange noises coming from the chimney; what could it be? To their surprise, it is a duck! Frank tries to get it out by pushing it with the broom, but the creature will not hear of it. Soon, the duck takes over Frank's chair and even steals his bath! Martha has fun, but Frank becomes increasingly desperate. How will their bizarre adventure end? Find out in the hilarious book There's a Duck in the House by Don M. Winn, inspired by a true story.

There's a Duck in the House tells an unusual and funny story that I enjoyed reading. The adventures of Frank, Martha, and the duck made me laugh so much, and I am sure all young readers will be thrilled and want to read this story over and over again. Don M. Winn describes the characters and their moods very well (Frank's desperation is hilarious), and thanks to the beautiful images, readers will love the heroes even more; the duck, in particular, is just adorable. There is a need for stories that make young readers laugh, and this is the perfect book to entertain them. I recommend There's a Duck in the House to anyone who wants to read an amusing and original story to their children. They will certainly be entranced by it.