Academic journal article Language Arts

Odd Duck

Academic journal article Language Arts

Odd Duck

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Odd Duck Written by Cecil Castellucci Illustrated by Sara Varon First Second/Roaring Brook, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-1-5964-3557-5

This beginning graphic novel with six short chapters describes Theodora as a perfectly normal duck who likes predictable routines-exercising in the morning, shopping in the afternoon, and gazing at the stars in the evening. She enjoys a solitary life until Chad moves in next door. Theodora immediately realizes they will never become friends because he displays bizarre art in his yard, dyes his feathers weird colors, and talks nonsense. She looks forward to the day when he flies south for the winter. The cold and snow come, but Chad stays put. Eventually Chad invites Theodora to look at the stars through his telescope, and they begin to talk. They recognize that they may be different ducks, but they feel the same way about astronomy. Soon they become inseparable, doing everything together. …

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