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Duck On A Bike

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  9,568 ratings  ·  337 reviews
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! Another young, funny book perfect for reading aloud.

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
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Blue Sky Press
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midnightfaerie
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
Annika
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
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Heidi
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,
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Ellary
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
Betsy
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
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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
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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
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
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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
Paige
Mar 19, 2012 Paige added it
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.
Emily
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
Matthew West
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David
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
June
Jan 30, 2013 June rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
An awfully cute book about a bike-riding duck who inspires the other barnyard animals to do the same.
Christina Myers
I read this book to my neighbors cayden (6) and Bridger (3) and both loved it! They giggled all the way through it. The story of a duck riding through a farm on a bike and talking to all the banyard animals on the way there is sure to have a large audience. As for me, Bridger liked the introduction of all the animals and Cayden liked the duck riding the bike. I would use this for my younger kids to reinforce animals and the sounds they make, and for older kids it could be used to provoke though ...more
Asho
This book is super-cute. It's basically exactly what the title says: a duck takes a bike ride and then other farm animals get in on the bike-riding action. My son "reads" this book by naming each animal and then gleefully exclaiming "A hat! One more hat! And one more hat!" on the page where all of the children are bike riding and wearing helmets (that is his favorite illustration by far). So he definitely enjoys looking through this one, although it wasn't his favorite from our most recent libra ...more
Kathleen
Hello, Duck. Shannon tells the tale of a farm duck who teaches himself to ride a bike. He travels around the farm and greets the other animals. Each animal reacts differently to duck's shenanigans. Some are envious, others disgusted, and some remain indifferent.

I think this book lends itself really well to characterization when orally reading. My son does a fantastic horse, "You're still not as fast as me, Duck," that reminds me of the voice of Mr. Ed (for those of you not familiar with Mr. Ed,
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Renee
Summary: A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes too.

As a duck finds a bike unattended on the farm, he jumps on and rides around the farm. He says hello to each animal as he rides by and the animals respond with their animal sound and then a response about how silly it is or how they would never try it. Towards the end, a group of children leave their bikes outside a house nearby to run inside. All the animals jump onto a bike and enjoy a
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Melissa
Although Duck on a Bike was a fun story with nice illustrations, I was not that impressed. I felt like as a whole the concept was not very original or unique. To me it just felt like another story about barnyard animals doing funny, human-like things, and there was no real moral or depth to it. I think a child audience though, especially a young one, would find this story extremely funny and entertaining. One thing I do really like about this book is the illustrations. I love the bright colors a ...more
Cathy
The duck speaks as though he is a human. He proceeds to get on a bike wondering if he can ride. Its just like a child learning how to ride their bike for the very first time. They are so unasure of themselves. I thought that the animals were very cruel to duck in the beginning. They didnt have any words of encouragement to say. The cow said it was the silliest thing he ever saw, the sheep thought he was going to hurt himself, and the cat said he wouldnt waste his time riding a bike. Duck was so ...more
Ali Wilcox
Let me start off my saying that this book is definitely one for younger children. The story is somewhat simple and silly but of course that is what kids enjoy the most. This book is a great book for a read-aloud because there are many different animal characters in it. All of the animals talk so it would make for a great story time becuase the teacher could use so many different voices when reading this to the class. Kids would love this book because what kids don't like stories about animals do ...more
Margaret
When Duck decides to ride a bike, hilarity on the farm ensues. Duck rides the bike around, greeting the different farm animals, who respond with their respective animal sounds, but the animals’ unspoken reactions show their different personalities. For example, Cat thinks the whole thing is a waste of time and Goat just wants to eat the bike. When a group of children ride their bikes up to the farmhouse and leave them outside, the animals know what to do! All the animals ride the bikes around th ...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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