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Farmer Duck

By Martin Waddell
Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

A hardworking duck is rescued from life with a lazy farmer in this award-winning picture book classic from Owl Babies author, Martin Waddell, and Bear Hunt illustrator, Helen Oxenbury.

In this Kate Greenaway Medal and Kurt Maschler Award-winning modern classic, two of the most celebrated picture book creators of our time tell the story of a hardworking duck, who has the very bad luck of living with a lazy farmer. The duck cooks and cleans, tends the fields and cares for the other animals on the farm – and all while the famer lies in bed! That is until the day the animals decide to take action ... and come to the rescue with a simple, but heroic plan.

  • Overall winner of the Nestle Children's Book Prize, 1991.
  • Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, 1991.
  • "This book will be bought for years."The Independent on Sunday

About the author

Born in Belfast, Martin Waddell was an aspiring football player for many years, before turning his hand to writing. He is now widely regarded as one of the greatest living children’s writers, and has over 220 published titles to his name. He is perhaps best known for Owl Babies, illustrated by Patrick Benson and Farmer Duck, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; as well as the 1989 Kurt Maschler Award-winning The Park in the Dark and the Little Bear series, both illustrated by Barbara Firth. In 2004, Martin received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his lasting contribution to children’s literature, the highest career recognition available to a writer or illustrator of children’s books. He lives in Newcastle, County Durham.

About the illustrator

Helen Oxenbury is among the most popular and critically acclaimed illustrators of her time. Her numerous books for children include Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell, We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, as well as her classic board books for babies. She won the Kate Greenaway Medal for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Her most recent picture books include the critically acclaimed There's Going to Be a Baby, the first book-publishing collaboration between her and her husband John Burningham, and Charley's First Night and When Charley Met Granpa by Amy Hest. Helen lives in London.

Awards

1992: Galaxy British Book Awards: The Illustrated Children's Book of the Year

Children's Illustrated Book of the Year Award - Winner

1992: Nottingham Children's Book Award

Nottingham Children's Book Award - Shortlisted

1992: Sheffield Children's Book Award

Sheffield Children's Book Award - Shortlisted

1991: Kate Greenaway Medal

Kate Greenaway Medal - Shortlisted

1991: Kurt Maschler Award

Kurt Maschler Award - Shortlisted

1991: Nestle Children's Book Prize/Nestle Smarties Book Prize

Nestle Smarties Book Prize - Winner

ISBN: 9780744536607
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: October 26, 1995
Dimensions: 230 x 250mm, 40pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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