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Captain Duck (Duck in the truck) [Paperback]

Jez Alborough
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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2 Jun 2003 Duck in the truck

Duck in the Truck and Fix-It Duck have sold a staggering 271,000 copies worldwide.

‘Ahoy there, sailors!’ comes a cry.
‘Is this a boating trip I spy?’
If there are seas to be explored,

In this hilarious follow-up to the highly-successful Duck in the Truck and Fix-it Duck, things get even more out of hand when Duck takes the long-suffering Frog and Sheep on a trip out to sea in Goat’s boat! But although Duck likes to think of himself as an expert sailor he soon runs into problems and the friends have to spend a long, cold night out on the rolling waves.

Product details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New Ed edition (2 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007130112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007130115
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 22.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jez Alborough is the author and illustrator of over 45 books for children. His Eddy and the Bear trilogy (which began with the much-loved Where's My Teddy in 1992) has sold nearly four and a half million copies and was made into an award-winning animated television series.

Duck in the Truck (published in 1999) heralded the start of another bestselling series, this time featuring the irrepressible Duck and his three friends - Frog, Goat and Sheep. There are currently nine books in the Duck series and 1.2 million copies have been sold.

In 2000 Jez created Hug - a powerful and touching book of only three words about a baby chimpanzee called Bobo who loses his Mom. Oprah Winfrey raved about it on her show when she chose it for her recommended reading list while Richard Curtis (the writer and director of Four Weddings and a Funeral) selected it as one of his 'Best Books', calling it 'classic family drama which holds up well next to Jez's other masterpieces.' Bobo went on to star in two more classics; Tall ( which along with Hug won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Book Award) and Yes. The series has sold 1.76 million copies.

Jez's latest publictaion is Six Little Chicks and next in production is a new rhyming series introducing Nat the Cat and his two friends Hugo the Hare and Billy the Goat. You can share Nat the Cat's journey from idea to publication as it happens in my Book Blog).

Jez lives in West London. You can read more about his books in the library. His official Facebook page is and you can follow him on Twitter @JezAlborough.

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Amazon Review

Following on from the huge success of Jez Alborough's Duck in the Truck and Fix-it Duck , the irrepressible Duck returns for further adventures in Captain Duck.

Duck has run out of petrol for his truck (a rather snazzy red number, incidentally) and decides to call on his friend Goat, who always has a supply of fuel and who surely wouldn't mind if he "borrowed" some? Duck's beady gaze falls upon Frog and Sheep preparing to set off on a pleasure trip with Goat in his motor boat. Like Toad in The Wind in the Willows, Duck is immediately convinced that this is "the only way to travel" and loses all interest in his beloved truck! While Goat's back is turned, Duck commandeers the boat, appointing himself as Captain (complete with jaunty nautical cap, naturally) and speeds off with his reluctant crew. Of course, chaos ensues, with the friends getting washed out to sea and Duck discovering that he's a landlubber after all. There's also a subtle moral message in Duck's come-uppance as a reminder to ask before taking anything!

Written entirely in rhyming couplets that beg to be read aloud, Captain Duck is a humorous romp enhanced by Alborough's colourful and lively illustrations. Ages 3-7 years.--Alison Drury. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Praise for the much-loved ‘Duck in the Truck’:

With a nod to Dr. Suess and a wink to John Burningham, Jez Alborough deals an irresistible lesson in rhyme and analogy, as well as storytelling, which is hugely entertaining. ‘Child Education’

Alborough's pictures are addictive, combining graphic simplicity with painterly qualities… Duck in the Truck is a picture book where rhyme, illustration, wit and inventiveness combine to produce outstanding quality. ‘TES Primary’

Praise for Fix-it-Duck:

Alborough’s text is perfect for reading out loud and the mix of close-up and panoramic illustrations give an animated, live-action feel. ‘Junior’

‘Colourful, arresting and busting with action.’ Child Education

More praise for ‘Duck in the Truck:

Alborough’s text is perfect for reading out loud, and the mix of close-up and panoramic illustrations give an animated, live action feel. ‘Junior Magazine’

Duck in the Truck is packed with all the rhyme, colour, imagination and humour a young reader could ask for. ‘Young Book Trust’

More praise for ‘Fix-it-Duck’:

Rhyme, illustration, wit and inventiveness combine to produce outstanding quality. ‘TES Primary’

With light-hearted tension, wry characterisations and lots of squishy mud, this tale makes for a quacking good read-aloud. ‘Publishers Weekly’, US

Praise for ‘Balloon’:

Confirms Alborough’s reputation for simple, lively, rhythmic picture books with a sense of fun.
‘Sunday Times’

Immensely appealing.

You’ll be coming back to this picture book again and again.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this naughty duck to bits 4 Oct 2004
By Andy
My daughter loves this book.. (as do i)...we read this as one of our regular bedtime books ... along with the other books in this Duck series. Superb, funny, well illustrated and a nice hidden leson in the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 16 April 2010
I love this book and so does my two and a half year old son. We are working our way through the rest of the series - more Duck please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brillliant, brilliant, brilliant 22 Feb 2004
without a doubt the best childrens pre-school book i've read to my son (aged 4). The rhymes are excellent and it is very very funny. My son loves this and so do I. Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best children's book i've read to my son 24 Dec 2003
this is a really great book which i came across by chance and enjoy reading as much as my son enjoys being read to. it is really funny in quite a few places and the rhyming which flows through the book is written extremely well. if you have a son/daughter age 3-6 i strongly recommend this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Duck is a loveable rogue! 27 April 2014
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This is a fun book in typical Jez Alborough style with its humour, pace and clever rhythm - a delight to read from the adult point of view and delightful for the child listener. Lots to talk about in the wonderful illustrations....Duck is rather like Toad from Wind in the Willows, always turning up at the wrong moment and getting himself and others into all kinds of trouble, but like my little granddaughter, you just can't help loving him....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book 20 April 2014
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My daughter loves this series of books, will read over and over. Speedy delivery and fab book a must for jez alborough fans
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4.0 out of 5 stars duck again 11 Aug 2013
By debbsh
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Not as appealing or enjoyable as Fix-It Duck, as far as my 2 and a half year old grandaughter is concerned...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny book! 25 Jun 2013
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We have four duck books now... Duck in the truck, fix it duck, super duck and now captain duck! My little 28month old boy loves them all. They are good, very funny. We do different voices for the characters and he loves it. Duck is always a firm favourite! Highly recommend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Very funny books, rhymes, pictures, great for bed-time reading for little ones!
Published 3 days ago by Terich
3.0 out of 5 stars Not duck quality!
Ok read, not as good as duck and the truck- to be honest fix-it duck was also lacking. Postage speedy and well packaged.
Published 16 months ago by Busy mum
5.0 out of 5 stars For older children than the Duck in the Truck
Captain Duck has a far more complex story line than the Duck in the Truck: Duck in search of fuel for his car leaps into a boat and sails out to sea, spends the night out there... Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2012 by AMT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I am a Reception class teacher and bought this book to read to my class having read the book 'Duck in the Truck' for our Transport topic. Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by Rainbow reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Duck
My son loved another one of the series by Jez Alborough, Fix It Duck, and this is of similar quality. Very funny!
Published on 6 Feb 2012 by Boy Racer
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
Brought this book as our 2 and 4 yr olds like all the rest of the Duck books. Again it's been a huge success being read over and over again.
Published on 29 Oct 2011 by M. Naylor
5.0 out of 5 stars a real favourite
My little boy (13 months) adores books, and this is one of his favourites. It also keeps mum and dad amused when reading it on repeat! Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2010 by LFOM
5.0 out of 5 stars Quack quack
Probably the best duck storyin the series,
Really good flow of pictures, rymes & funny actions. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2010 by Philip Raw
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