A lazy and fat farmer spends all day in bed, eating chocolates and reading the newspaper, while his poor duck has to do all the work on the farm. One evening, the exhausted duck collapses in tears, to be comforted by chickens. The farm animals are very fond of the duck, and outraged by the farmer's behaviour, so they hatch a plan.
This engaging cross between Cinderella and George Orwell's Animal Farm, won the Smarties Book Prize, was British Book Awards Children's Illustrated Book of the Year and was also Highly Commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal. (Ages 4 to 8)--Lisa Gee
A Big Book edition is also available.
From the Publisher
"Exceptional...a book to linger over. Martin Waddell's text is simple and spare but it carries a powerful message." - CHILDREN'S BOOKS OF THE YEAR "Marvellously expressive pictures and a satisfying text make this the outstanding picture book of the year." - THE SUNDAY TIMES