The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling – Timothy Basil Ering


51eaewn3bnl  The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling – Timothy Basil Ering, Candlewick Press, (9780763664329), 2017.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? While Alfred is sailing home with his ducks, a duck egg is hatching. The egg had been laid in Alfred’s fiddle case so he names the duckling to be Alfred Fiddleducklin’. A huge storm comes up; the boat is tossed about the waves. Alfred Fiddleducklin’ has hatched and fins himself floated all alone on the sea in the fiddle case. He finds the fiddle floating in the water, grabs it and begins to play. A dog, hearing the music, comes to dance to it. The dog’s owner hears the music and runs to save them both. A sweet story with fabulous illustrations done in acrylics on paper with ink, charcoal and graphite, that only Timothy Basil Ering is capable of creating.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? Give this to those who liked other books by Ering such as The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger and The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, day-cares and kindergartens.

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 12/24/2016

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