The Duck Who Didn't Like Water (Hardcover)
Spring 2021 Kids Indie Next List
“Duck avoids water at all costs, even the tiniest of drops from the sky. One night, a storm brings a hole to his roof and a new friend to his door — a frog! When they try to find Frog’s home, it’s nowhere to be found. That’s okay, because Duck and Frog get along rather well — even if Frog loves rain! This is a very sweet story about how life is a lot less damp when you’ve got a good friend with you. I want to give them both a hug!”
— Andrew King, University Book Store, Seattle, WA
Duck is not like other ducks. Duck doesn’t like water and is perfectly fine alone, thank you very much. But then, one dark and stormy night, an outgoing, water-loving, and very lost Frog turns up at Duck’s door. Can this odd couple find Frog’s home? And will they find friendship along the way?
Steve Small has worked in animation for over thirty years as a director, designer, and animator. The work has varied from working on Disney features to designing and directing shorts, TV series, and commercials. He’s the illustrator of I’m Sticking with You and the author and illustrator of The Duck Who Didn’t Like Water and Wellington’s Big Day Out. Steve lives in London and when he’s not painting and drawing, you’ll likely find him feeding the crows on Blackheath Common.
Duck dislikes swimming, boating, and (basically) water. One stormy night, he discovers a very wet frog at his doorstep and gives him shelter. The next day, they search for Frog’s home, without success. When the mail-delivery pelican arrives, he recognizes Frog and offers him a ride home across the river. After thanking Duck, Frog leaves. For several days, nothing seems right to Duck. Something is missing. Crossing the river despite pelting rain, he finds Frog and, after a joyful reunion, says, “Home doesn’t feel like home if you’re not there!” Frog concurs with a hearty “RIBBIT” and happily moves back in with Duck. Small, who illustrated Smriti Prasadam- Halls’ I’m Sticking with You (2020), makes his authorial debut with this sweet-spirited offering in which the narrator smoothly interprets Frog’s ribbits, adding to the story’s levity. The book’s charm and gentle humor lie in Small’s expressive depiction of characters in the digital artwork. The richly colored, dramatic storm scenes, which contrast beautifully with the otherwise light, bright illustrations, are particularly fine. A fortuitous, foul-weather friendship.
— Booklist, Online Exclusive