Duck is pretty happy on Alligator’s lawn. Alligator though, is not very much so. Duck insists that he is simply being himself and that he is “ ...nobody’s duck”, but Alligator goes on a madcap quest to prove otherwise.
The text too is straightforward and does not contain many words and is full repetition. In search of his “somebody” Alligator brings Duck to the library, the movies, the go-kart track, and a skydiving place. At each locale, Alligator asks “Is this your duck?” and some other animal replies “No. That is not my duck.” Outside of this basic setup, Duck uses a few emotive quacks, question words (Who, What, Yes, No, etc.) and few additional words that have visual cues or context. Overall, the text offers the chance for a positive reading experience for new reader.
Nobody’s Duck has lots for young readers’ to enjoy. The humor, clear cut premise, and graphic novel like illustrations are elements that could easily put it on the radar of the 2019 Geisel committee.