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Hit the Ball Duck By Jez Albough

Posted on: December 12, 2009

HIT THE BALL DUCK by Jez Albough

Scholastic Inc./Kane Miller Books

557 Broadway

 New York, NY 10012 ISBN:13:918-0-545-15821-3

Preschool to First Grade, Ages 4-7 yrs.

32 Pages



I have to admit I have long been a fan of Jez Albough’s books. This one is no exception. This visually appealing picture book with its simple flowing rhyming text is one that kids will want to read or have read to them over and over again. So parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles pull up a chair and get comfortable.

Filled with bright primary colors the slightly oversized whimsy style illustrations, kids will be drawn to this simple friends’ story. Even the end pages are a delight that the little ones will enjoy seeing as they point out Goat, Sheep, Frog, and, of course, Duck in the red car.

The story starts out with the friends on their way to play baseball. Little do they know what adventure awaits them as they reach the park, rearing to get busy batting around a ball.

When the ball gets stuck in the tree, the friends try to climb the tree to get it out but alas, it doesn’t come out. It isn’t until the friends work together that something happens.

This book would make a great present for the child in your life.

Other books by author Jez  Albough include:

Can You Hear me, Grandad?

Duck in The Truck

Super Duck

Fix-It duck

Captain Duck

Duck’s Day Out

Duck to the Rescue

Ice Cream Bear

Cuddly Dudley



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