Book Review – The Duck and the Darkling by Glenda Millard and Illustrated by Stephen Michael King
Reviewed by Kellie Drengenberg
This stunning picture book was shortlisted for Book Week this year, and while it missed out on winning it is an absolutely must-read for all ages.
It tells the story of a land called Dark in which people have moved underground as the earth surface has become unliveable. Peterboy and the other children of Dark forage to the surface at night to look for food and other supplies.
With stunning pictures and vibrant colours this story will delight children, it will also appeal to parents reading the book to children. It has elements of dystopian themes which is great for those parents who want a bit more from the stories they read every night.
The language used is wonderfully lyrical, using words such as ‘disremembered’ and “sorry drops fell from their eyes” and it is simply a delight to read aloud, to yourself or share with a friend.
Highly recommended and you can borrow it now from Lithgow Library.