Duck on a Bike

Duck on a Bike

by David Shannon


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Caldecott Honor winner David Shannon applies his wonderful off-beat humor to the story of a duck who decides to try riding a bike--and loves it!

FORMAT: Paperback book & CD
NARRATOR: Walter Mayes

One day down on the farm, Duck got a wild idea. "I bet I could ride a bike," he thought. He waddled over to where the boy parked his bike, climbed on and began to ride. At first he rode slowly and he wobbled a lot, but it was fun! Duck rode past Cow and waved to her. "Hello, Cow!" said Duck. "Moo," said Cow. But what she thought was, "A duck on a bike? That's the silliest thing I've ever seen!"
And so Duck rides past sheep, horse, and all the other barnyard animals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545225960
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Series: Read Along Book & CD
Pages: 1
Sales rank: 209,323
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

David Shannon is the internationally acclaimed creator of more than thirty picture books, including NO, DAVID!, a Caldecott Honor Book and his second NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book of the Year. In addition to three more David picture books, Shannon’s bestsellers include TOO MANY TOYS; HOW GEORGIE RADBOURN SAVED BASEBALL (newly released in 2012); A BAD CASE OF STRIPES; DUCK ON A BIKE; ALICE THE FAIRY; and GOOD BOY, FERGUS! A native of Spokane, Washington, he is an avid fisherman. He and his family live in California.


Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

October 5, 1960

Place of Birth:

Washington, D. C. (Raised in Spokane, Washington)


B.A., Art Center College of Design

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Duck on a Bike 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
menaramore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a humorous book about a duck that wants to ride a bicycle. This is a great book for entertainment as well as not making fun of others.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a really lovely storytime title. The illustrations are beautiful - very visually engaging with bright, vibrant, primary colors. The perspectives are skewed and encourage lots of interest. The story is quite simple - a duck on a farm finds a bike and rides it around the farm. The various farm animals all think different things about what he's doing - some are jealous, some think he's stupid, some think he's brave, etc. In the end, a bunch of kids on bikes come to the farm, park their bikes out front, and ALL the animals get to share in the fun by riding their own bikes. The illustration of a hen riding a tricycle is especially adorable.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love, love, love this book. Duck decides to ride a bike, all his friends say ducks do not ride bikes. By the end everyone wants to ride though.
kirkonly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great barn yard story that David Shannon has come up with. Duck decides to ride a bike one day and rides past all of the other barn yard animals. Once they see how much fun Duck is having they alll start to ride!!! As a student reading a David Shannon book i am always amazed at the illustrations!! The story in of itself is ok. It was very repitious and predictable. But i would read it again.As a teacher this book is a great book to use with a beginning reader. The barn yard animals are recognizeable and the words are ery repatisous.
Kourtlin.Harrison on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: This book is about a duck that decides to go on a bike ride. As Duck rides through the farm, all of the animals find it silly to see him on a bike. When all the children come home on their own bikes, the other animals decide to ride their bikes with Duck. Personal Reaction: I can relate to this book because I grew up around farm animals. Children in rural areas could relate to this book but kids raised in larger cities might not know a lot about farm animals. This book could show them the diversity of a farm.Classroom Extension Ideas: 1. The teacher could read the book and have the students draw a map of which animals were seen and what order they were seen in. They would start with the cow and show where Duck went after the cow. 2. Each student could be assigned a different farm animal and write/draw everything they know about it. For example, if they were given a pig, they could draw a picture and use words such as pink, oink, and plays in mud to describe it. 3. It would be really fun to take the students to a petting zoo! This would bring the book to life and allow them to learn outside the classroom.
annikasmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great example of a fantasy book. The story is believable within the context of the book but the animals are talking and riding the bikes. The animals are doing things that only humans can usually do, but in this story it seems perfectly normal.Art Media: acrylic painting Appropriate Age: Primary
mickmyster13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a funny book. I like how the duck didn't give up on learning to ride a bike, then all the animals at the end of the story rode bikes around the farm. Very cute, with very cute picture. The duck just looks like a goofy character that would be wobbly on a bike, the illustrator did a good job creating the characters.
jeriannthacker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Duck wants to ride a bike, soon all the other animals do too! Awesome for storytime. Shannon's illustrations are fabulous and funny.
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Fun illustrations and entertaining story.
psofpaper More than 1 year ago
Bought this for my 2 year old niece and her 4.5 year old older brother loved it, too. Great illustrations, too.
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NannyMN More than 1 year ago
I read to elementary school children. I had the opportunity to read this book to first graders. They noticed that some remarks by the animals were not nice, and mentioned it unprompted. They loved Duck's daring and especially made a lot of speculation on what Duck was thinking as he looked at the tractor on the last page. I really enjoy a book that continues beyond just listening to the story. The author has created just that. A story that makes minds wander. Great! Now I have to buy one for my grandson, he will enjoy the story too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son is 2 years old and he loves this book. He chooses this book as his first story every night. I read the story to him and let him tell me the name of the animal and the sound it makes. He loves naming the animals and saying the sounds each animal makes. I say duck rode son answers cow. Then I continue the story. Then I say the cow said? son answers moooo. The colors are bright and vivid. The animals are large and life like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great story about a duck who tries something that ducks don't normally do... ride bikes. Delightful illustrations and wonderfully animated characters are brought together in this book to create a winning children's story. 'Duck' has held the attention of my grandson since before he was a year old, quite a feat!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter brought this book home from the library and we read it FIVE TIMES IN A ROW!!! We all loved it. She brings it home every few weeks and we all sit together and take turns with the animals. I highly recommend this book to any child no matter what your age! ;)
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 2 year old adores this book and I like it so much that I don't even mind reading it to him over and over again. The illustrations are as entertaining as the story. We've been monopolizing our library's copy, and Santa will definitely be leaving Duck on a Bike under the tree this Christmas!
Guest More than 1 year ago
good book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an enjoyable addition to our growing David Shannon collection. The illustrations are fun and the story is cute. Our four year old boys especially liked imagining what the duck will do next when seeing the illustration on the last page.