Daredevil Duck by Charlie Alder
Published by Running Press Kids
Daredevil duck is brave and courageous: he is a super hero - in his dreams! In reality it's a whole different story and his peers mock him - until... a greeting from a stranger has him bolting through his fears. When his new friend asks for his help, confident that Daredevil Duck can conquer his fear, a life-changing and exhilarating experience is in store.
The text is conversational, addressing both the reader and Daredevil Duck. With creative and humorous use of flaps to show the imagined from reality, Alder has made an appealing 'thrown together' reluctant superhero (sticky-taped glasses, tied on tea towel Cape) riding a "super speedy, (slightly squeaky) tricycle." The illustrations and text surreptitiously weave sound psychological concepts into a fun narrative to delight and empower anxious children.
With big, bold illustrations of duck centre-stage, Alder has done a superb job at inviting the reader to emotionally connect with duck – especially his vulnerability, and she expresses the wavering emotions of exhilaration and nervousness in conquering a fear in a humorous and endearing way.
This is a delightful story of wanting to be braver than you are, and the lengths you can go to for a friend, especially when they have confidence in you. Perfect for all kids who want to be that bit braver... And don't we all?
CKT Book Reviewer
Author/Illustrator: Chalie Adler
Title: Daredevil Duck
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Published: May 2015