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My Brother the Duck

Written by Pat Zietlow Miller & illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
Published by Chronicle Books
5.58 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 3.9 / 5.0
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What Does Bookroo Think of This Book

“Ducks, the scientific method, and babyhood combine to create a punny, silly, and entertaining tale.”

The self-proclaimed bird scientist Stella Wells has a sneaking suspicion that her soon-to-be baby brother is a duck. Research is necessary to prove any hypothesis, so Stella gets to work observing and studying her new brother, Drake (which is another term for a male duck—coincidence?). After seeing his yellow-toned skin (a clever allusion to jaundice) and hearing his squawking, Stella turns to her friend Carla, a fellow kid scientist, who prompts for further research and the an expert’s opinion. Principal Kowalski confirms their research saying, “If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it’s probably a duck.” With that confirmation, Stella heads home and notices her brother looks pretty normal, after all (especially without his duck-themed blanket wrapped around him). Wiseman’s illustrations are bright, bold, and decorated with additional funny details, like dad’s farmer’s tan on the last page, the parenting books on top of the hospital bag, and the many ducks adorning the pages. Miller cleverly uses puns and references within the text to add personality and silliness to the story while promoting girls in science with characters Stella and Carla. While the story lacks notable moments, this punny, cute take on the scientific method (while playing on different aspects of babyhood) is both enjoyable and entertaining.

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Publisher Summary

A new sibling book with humor, heart, and a dash of the scientific process sure to delight young readers.

Is Stella’s new baby brother a duck? All the evidence seems to be pointing in that direction, but Stella knows that scientists can’t just wing it. Further research is definitely required.

This sweet and silly book is just ducky for new siblings, fledgling scientists and anyone who loves a good laugh.

• Read-aloud books for children and siblings • New baby gift for siblings • Pat Zietlow Miller has published numerous children’s books, including the critically acclaimed Be Kind.

Picture-book-reading new siblings who enjoyed The New Small Person, Little Miss Big Sis, and Julius Baby of the World will love the sweet and silly humor of My Brother the Duck.

What Kind of Book is My Brother the Duck

Quotes from This Book

  • “We have a new baby. His name is Drake. / I think he’s a duck.”
  • “But scientists can’t just wing it. / They have to gather facts.

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What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Stella gathers facts to test her hypothesis: that her baby brother is a duck. How did Stella find the answer to her hypothesis? What questions you might have that you could scientifically research.

  • When Stella thinks her little brother is a duck, she looks on the bright side–they’ll never lose at a game of Duck, Duck, Goose, for example. What are the benefits of having a younger sibling? Can you look on the bright side of your day, today?

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Mom of Boys
Mom of three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
5.5 / 7.0
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Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
6.0 / 7.0
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Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
5.25 / 7.0

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Who Wrote My Brother the Duck

Pat Zietlow Miller

Pat Zietlow Miller is a bestselling children’s book author. She is the author of Sophie’s Squash, which was starred by Kirkus, Booklist, SLJ, and PW, as well as awarded the 2014 Crystal Kite Award, the 2014 Golden Kite Award, a 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Honor, and the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor. Her second book, Wherever You Go, received two starred reviews and has sold in multiple translations. She is also the author of Sharing the Bread, Sophie’s Squash Goes to School, and The Quickest Kid in Clarksville.

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Who Illustrated My Brother the Duck

Daniel Wiseman

Daniel Wiseman likes to draw. A lot. He likes it so much, he’s made a career out of it. Usually he draws animals wearing clothes, or kids enjoying a good dance party. However, when prodded, he’s been known to draw pretty much anything else. Daniel currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with his beautiful wife and his equally beautiful son. When he isn’t drawing, he can usually be found doing one of these great things: perfecting his biscuit recipe, hiking up a mountain in some faraway location, singing loudly in his car, riding his bike on the mean streets of STL, or napping.

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Pat Zietlow Miller's Book Dedication

To my friend and fellow writer, Jill Esbaum

Daniel Wiseman's Book Dedication

For my two favorite little ducklings, Henry & Hugo

What Do Critics Say About This Book

  • “Then Mom announces the baby’s name: Drake. This is just one instance where Miller’s wordplay ratchets up the humor of this offbeak, er, offbeat new-baby book.”

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Book Details

Publication Date:
April 21, 2020
Text Details:
Handlettering by Daniel Wiseman. Typeset in Fela.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations in this book were rendered digitally.

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