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Duck On A Bike

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  11,115 ratings  ·  378 reviews
In this funny book, Shannon applies his wonderful offbeat humor to the story of a duck that decides to try riding a bike and loves it! Soon all the animals on the farm are riding bikes, too.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Scholastic (first published April 1st 2002)
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Another adorable invention by David Shannon, one of our families favorite authors. A duck on a bike, riding past large and colorful barnyard animals got the attention of not only my 5 yr old, but my 3 yr old twins as well. This book had a little something for everyone and I would probably label it somewhere between a level 1 and level 2 book for beginner reader's. Lately, as I get more busy with instituting a lesson plan for the twins, I have my 5 yr old read books to them, and this one was perf ...more
I have this book memorized now. I think it's my 3 year old's favorite book. It has surpassed even "Goodnight Moon".

The illustrations are worth buying this book for, and the story is a bit silly, but 3 year olds love silly.

Duck lives on a farm, and decides he's going to ride a bike. As he rides around the barnyard, gradually getting braver by riding no "hands", no "feet", and standing on the seat, the other animals take observation and greet him or say non-helpful things to him. He almost runs o
I've heard kids ask for this one and finally was able to read it. At first, it seemed just OK. But as I imagined how I could read it in a storytime (with animal noises inflected with what they were meaning), I could see how fun this book could be. Then I reached the climax. And, yeah. I like this book a lot now.

7/20/10 & 7/22/10 Both preschool groups enjoyed this book. I was able to get the animal noises just right (which was fun for me!). The chatty Tue group talked over me here and there,
This particular story provokes the deliberation: is it possible one's favorite book and the book one can hardly stand to finish be one in the same? If this is, indeed, theoretically possible, Duck on a Bike covers each end of the spectrum fully. From the very beginning, each page allows the reader to delve into the world of a new and different farm animal. From Cow to Horse to Pig to Mouse, the different voices and sounds create a beautiful symphony of bewilderment and adoration for the ever-tal ...more
Elayna Gilbert
One day Duck was on a farm and got a wild idea. "I bet i could ride a bike," duck said. So he waddled over to where this boy had a parked bike, got on it and started riding the bike through town. At first Duck rode slowly and wobbled a lot, but it was a great time! As duck proceeds to keep riding, he passes a cow, a sheep, a horse and a bunch of other farm animals. All thinking it was very silly that duck was riding a bike. Suddenly after a huge group of kids start riding their bikes down into t ...more
Curtis Hudson
David Shannon's Duck on a Bike is hilarious. A duck on a farm is staring at a bike. "I bet I could ride a bike," he thought. He was wobbly at first, but eventually got pretty good. He kept driving by different animals on the farm. Some were jealous. Some told him to be careful. Some were impressed. Then, several kids came storming in on their bikes and parked them outside the house to visit. All of the animals then praised Duck for his awesome idea as all the farm animals started riding on bikes ...more
my 3 year old love this book so much that he's practically memorized it he reads it over and over and over again
Lindsey Mineweaser
This story is about a duck who decides to ride a bike. Duck rides past all of the different animals and greets them. The animals all say hello back and then have different thoughts about Duck riding a bike. Then a pack of children ride their bikes past the animals. The children park their bikes outside of the house and go inside. While the children are inside, all of the animals get on the bikes and ride around. However, the animals put all the bikes back before the children come back outside.

Anna Lawrence
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I liked this book and I think that younger kids would also really enjoy it. I thought it had good humor with the duck riding the bike past all of the other farm animals and some of the animals had humorous thoughts about the duck riding on a bike. Young kids in about 1st and 2nd grade would find this hilarious because they've never heard of a duck riding a bike before! I also really liked the illustrations, they were very colorful and detailed and all of the characters had happ
Alicia Rotter
This book takes you on adventure through a vibrant farm with a dike who finds a bike and learns how to ride it. He waves a friendly hello to all his friends, and the end gives the reader a surprising twist.

Though there is very little didacticism throughout, the illustrations are gorgeous. I almost wished that this book was only illustration. They used vibrant warm colors to suggest a natural, happy environment. Each illustration filled both pages of the book, and absolutely added to the text. A
Georgia Karr
Duck On A Bike by David Shannon is a story about a duck who finds a bike and rides all around the farm passing many different animals. As he say yellow to the animals they all make their sound at him and think different thoughts about a duck riding a bike. Shannon did a wonderful job at capturing the different animals personalities through their internal thoughts. For example, the cat thinks "I wouldn't waste my time riding a bike!" I think this captures a cat's personality perfectly. At the end ...more
David Shannon’s vibrantly illustrated tale, Duck on a Bike tells of the adventures of a curious farm duck. Shannon immediately enables readers both young and old to relate to Duck’s first experiences on the bike by noting “at first he rode very slowly, and he wobbled a lot…” Children will identify with Duck’s feelings as he tries something new. Duck embarks on a joyride around the farm, saying hello to other farm animals as he zooms past. David Shannon’s use of language and repetition is vital t ...more
Michaela George
This particular Duck is no ordinary Duck. When he gets an idea, he's sticking to it no matter how wild it may be. He liked to do many different adventures. One day Duck got an idea that he could ride a bike. Sure enough Duck jumped on the bike and rode all around the farm. All the farm animals saw him and each animal had its own opinion about Duck.They didn't think it was right for ducks to be riding bikes. And they couldn't believe what they saw. Duck was always making new adventures. Suddenly, ...more
Araceli Aispuro
Duck is no ordinary Duck. When he gets an idea, he's sticking to it no matter how wild it may be. Once day Duck got an idea that he could ride a bike. Sure enough Duck jumped on the bike and rode all around the farm. All the farm animals saw him and each animal had its own opinion about Duck. Suddenly, there was a group of boys riding their bikes. The farm animals now decided that Duck's idea isn't so bad after all and they too rode the bikes all over the barnyard.

Reading this book really made
Haley Caudell
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon is a story about a duck who believes he should be able to ride a bike like humans. Throughout the story, Duck passes different animals that have thoughts about his actions. Some think he is going to get hurt, some wish they could be just like him and others think he is being silly. In the end, when more children come to the farm and leave their bikes outside, all of the animals grab a bike and ride it around.

David Shannon is also the illustrator for Duck on a Bik
Alexis Kydon
Duck on a Bike is a pretty silly book. I think it's funny how David Shannon got the idea of the ok from his daughter. The one thing I don't really like about this book especially, but David Shannon's books in general is that he doesn't give her characters names. I guess this book is too busy to give the animals identities, but he just calls the duck, "duck" and so on and so fourth. It just seems too simple to me. I guess this book is better for younger readers though. David Shannon's style of wr ...more
Megan Cureton
Duck On A Bike is a book about a duck that, well, rides a bike! The duck rides past all the other farm animals, and they admire him as he rides on by. When a group of kids get off their bikes to go inside, all the other farm animals take duck's idea and jump on all the bikes! By the end of the story, a cow, a sheep, a dog, a cat, a horse, a chicken, a goat, two pigs, a mouse, and a duck on bikes! I really enjoyed this silly story about all the different farm animals on bikes. My favorite part of ...more
Josselyn Hernandez
When you first pick this book up, you notice it has a vertical orientation which makes sense because we get a full view of the duck on a red bike. The brightly colored title describes exactly what is going to happen in the book, and the back cover is just a continuation of what is shown on the front of the book, a blue sky. When you open the book, the cover pages on the front and back contain rainbow colored bike streamers, I considered it a foreshadowing to the event that were to come. There is ...more
Cindy Sa
Duck On A Bike
This is an interesting book for children to read. In this book, there is an amazing duck. He ride a bike in the farmland and he met many animals. When the animals have the first sight of the duck riding a bike, they have different ideas about that activity. The cow thought ‘’This is the silliest thing I’ve ever seen! ’’; the cat thought ‘’I would not waste time riding a bike! ‘’; the goat thought ‘’I like to eat that bike.”; two pigs thought ‘’Duck is such as a show-off’’; the dog
Heather Langendorff
This is a children's book about a duck who appears to be no ordinary Duck. When he gets an idea, he's sticking to it no matter how wild it may be. One day Duck got an idea that he could ride a bike. Sure enough Duck jumped on the bike and rode all around the farm. All the farm animals saw him and each animal had its own opinion about Duck. Suddenly, there was a group of boys riding their bikes. The farm animals now decided that Duck's idea isn't so bad after all and they too rode the bikes all o ...more
Ann Marie Olson
Grade level: Kindergarten/1st grade

This book is very simple, but still fun. I like the carefree feel of this book and I think students will too. This story is about a duck who decides he wants to ride a bike. All of the other farm animals think he is crazy for doing this, but duck has a blast riding around on the bike. In the end, all of the farm animals end up riding bikes together. I think this could be a good book for kids learning to how to read, since it is very repetitive and the words are
This is literally the pinnacle of literary achievements. Nothing has ever been as good and nothing ever will be. Don't even bother trying to read another book. You know as you do, your heart is softly crying. You'll feel upset and won't realize why. It's because you made the wrong choice. You put Duck On A Bike down. Never put Duck On A Bike down. Never.
This book talks pretty subtly about how when people get jealous of something, they make excuses for not liking it. I really enjoyed the definitive pronouns Shannon used in writing the book, making the reader feel immediately in the story's world. I also loved the goat's line, "'I'd like to eat that bike!'" And who can blame him? It's a shiny red pretty!
Emily Scott
Duck on a Bike is a cute story about a duck that rides a bicycle. As he rides past many different farm animals each one has their own opinion on duck riding his bike. When the duck rides past cats she says"I wouldn't waste my time riding a bike" when he passes the horse, horse says "You strut as fast as me" and chicken says "Watch where you're going" when duck rides past goat, goat says "I'd like to eat that bike." Suddenly a bunch of kids ride down the road on their bikes, they were in such a h ...more
Samantha Mckay
Duck on a Bike is a story of a duck who one day though they would hop on a bike and ride it. Duck road past many animals such as cow, sheep, dog, cat, horse and chicken. They all had something to say about duck riding a bike, some good and some bad. While duck was still riding the bike, a group of kids came riding past him on bikes and parked them and ran inside. All the animal friends then jumped on the bikes and road around with duck. This could be used in the classroom when talking about enco ...more
Apr 21, 2015 June rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: librarians, parents & teachers
One of my favorite duck books for story time. 4/20/11

Still a hit, was checked out after story time. 5/16/12

Still a huge hit with the children identifying the animals (except the goat) and making all the animal sounds.
Matthew West
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This is a silly and mischievous story—true to David Shannon’s style—that follows a duck who at once decides to try riding an abandoned bike around a farm yard. As he passes the other farm animals we get insight into their (mostly) disapproving thoughts. (The goat’s thoughts made me laugh out loud.) When a group of kids arrive and coincidentally park their bikes at the farm, hilarity ensues. On the last page, we spy the duck sizing up a big, red tractor. This book would make a fun read aloud for ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
An awfully cute book about a bike-riding duck who inspires the other barnyard animals to do the same.
Jaclyn Tilden
The illustrations are AMAZING. It involves a duck in a farmyard that steals a bike and goes all around the farm seeing all his animal friends.Duck is a rebel, and he inspires each one of us to throw caution to the wind and enjoy the ride. Duck sizes up a bike parked in the driveway, hops on and takes off, tossing a cheery “Hello!” to each farm animal he passes. The animals respond with a typical animal sound, but when their thoughts are revealed they give us unexpected responses. This is a book ...more
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David Shannon is the author and illustrator of many highly praised books for children. Born in Washington, D.C., he grew up in Spokane, Washington. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, with a fine arts degree, and then moved to New York City. His editorial illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Time, and Rolling Stone, and his artwork has appeared ...more
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