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Duck On A Bike


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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 he rode slowly and he wobbled a lot, but it was fun! Duck rode past Cow and waved to her. "Hello, Cow!" said Duck. "Moo," said Cow. But what she thought was, "A duck on a bike? That's the silliest ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Blue Sky Press
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Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens

Second David Shannon book today. I can see why his books are beloved. I really want to read his No Dave books.

Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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'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,
Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-alouds
When the children all put down their bikes, the animals faces are priceless.
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure-folk
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon is a story of a curious duck who tries to ride a bike one day and gets the attention of other animals during this adventure. As the duck rides past the barnyard animals, different animals think about this adventure as silly, brave, dangerous and some others call the duck a show off. Suddenly, when a group of kids run into the barnyard and leave their bikes outside, all the animals ride the bike just like duck did.

This story can be used in k-3 classrooms to teach d
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
A hilarious, whimsical, action-packed picture book. My grandchild loved having me read this story to him.
Curtis Hudson
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Elayna Gilbert
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 19, 2012 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.
May 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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!
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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. 4/21/15

A hit again in 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.
Lindsey Bishop
Cute book that kids would find funny. Shows different animals as well.
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read many years ago -- one of the storytime greats. "I'd like to eat that bike!"
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, humor
my 3 year old love this book so much that he's practically memorized it he reads it over and over and over again
Alex Greene
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a story about a duck that learns how to ride a bike and along the way he runs into many of his friends. He sees a cow, sheep, dog, chicken, cat, horse, goat, pig, and mouse. Each one of them comment on his skill of riding a bike. They all had different comments and opinions abuout the duck riding a bike. However when a bunch of kids rode by the barn and left their bikes outside, the animals decided to try to ride these bikes when no one was looking. Although this book is not very serious ...more
Sara Mangan
Duck gets the chance to ride a bike jumping right on. He rides through the barnyard greeting his friends. His friends seem not impressed but when given the chance they all jump on bikes too.

Picture book- Story is told through illustrations and words.

Writing traits-
1- Voice- Throughout the book the animals and duck are having a conversation. It is obvious what each animal thinks of Duck riding a bike.
2-Conventions- Good example of quotation marks used when a character is talking. Capitalize prope
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-literature
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

Copyright: 2002

Genre: Humorous Picture Book

Literature Requirement: Book written by David Shannon

*Spoiler Alert* Another humorous book by David Shannon, Duck on a Bike lives up to the David Shannon name. The pictures are very pristine and beautiful and add depth to the story. Duck, the main character in the story, decides to ride a bike. All the other animals have a different opinion on Duck riding the bike. I feel all the different animals’ reactions are how people
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Duck on a Bike" by David Shannon is a hilarious story about a curious duck who decides to ride a bike. The duck rides its bike past several farm animals, each one with a different opinion. Some think it is cool, some are jealous, and some warned him to be careful. Later in the story, a group of children on bikes parked them near the animals. The farm animals started to praise duck for having such a good idea as they all started to ride the children's bikes. The illustrations are hilarious and e ...more
Meghan Hardy
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dr-smith-s-rdng
A duck finds a bike and decides he wants to go for a ride. He rides all the farm animals and they think he is crazy or going hurt himself, but he is having so much fun. Then a group of kids come riding on to the farm and once they go inside there is a bike for every animal!

I enjoyed this book. I thought it fun to read and I loved the storyline. The illustrations were fun to look at. I liked when an animal would moo, woof, meow, oink, etc., but then it would say what they actually thought. I tho
Elizabeth Nelson
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: david-shannon
The story of a carefree duck and his judgmental friends creates a lesson of acceptance and stresses the saying, “Don’t knock it till you try it”. One day a duck rides a bike through the farm. All of his animal friends see him and they just make animal sounds as a sort of fake attempt at cheering him on but hide their negative thoughts. In the end the other farm animals decide to ride bikes as well, and they all applaud Duck for his great idea. The teachable aspect of this book is, don’t knock so ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We got this one again for me. But when I brought it home and showed it to B, she almost hyperventilated, she was so excited. This book (and an amazing SLP) helped my daughter to understand story telling sequence. It increased her reading comprehension to something measurable instead of something always so elusive. Reading it again after so many years was interesting. There were more words and more animals than I remember. Then I also remembered that we had to deconstruct the book to make it more ...more
Emily Chaffin
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdng-350
This book was about a duck that found a bike and wanted it so he did. He rode past all these animals and they all either thought he was crazy or wanted to be like him. He then rides past a bunch of kids and they leave there bikes outside for the animals to have the choice to ride or not.

I liked this book. It gave a lot of room to come up with different voices for each animal and you were kind of on the edge of your seat to find out what this book was about, and what was the point. That is a rea
Madison Ramsey
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
As you can tell from the title, this story has two main parts to it: a duck and a bike. This duck borrows a bike for a little bit of adventure. He rides past all of his friends who do not all say what they are thinking. Each animal just makes his or her animal noise, but each comment means something completely different. Eventually, a group of kids riding bikes decides to take a break near the barnyard, so each animal grabs a bike and begins to understand why the duck enjoyed his ride so much. T ...more
Maria Garcia
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
In this story a duck decides to go on an adventure on a bike he took from a boy living in the house next to the barn. He rides the bike around the barn showing off his bike riding skills to the other animals around the farm who think that the duck is just showing off and ignore him. Later, the other animals find more bikes left in front of the house near the barn. Out of curiosity the farm animals get on the bikes and decide to try out what the duck had been doing the whole time, riding a bike. ...more
Madeline Krasnasky
I like how this book goes throughout the whole entire farm and relates to what the animals could/would be thinking. Such as the goat wanted to eat the bike. The pictures were very detailed and colorful. The animals looked realistic, as well as the other characters and the scenery. Each page was composed of 2-page spread pictures that created a feeling that the duck was truly riding past the animals. There were different pictures from different perspectives, such as low to the ground for small an ...more
Taylor Shannon
This book is about a duck that learns how to ride a bike. As the duck rides around and passes his other animal friends, they think it is the most bizarre thing in the world that a duck would be riding a bike. When enough bikes for the other animals happen to appear, they all grab one and learn to ride. In the end, all of the animals enjoyed riding the bikes.

I enjoy David Shannon's use of humor in his books. His illustrations are lively and colorful. I thought this book was very quirky and a fun
Madison Crawford
Duck on a Bike was written and illustrated by David Shannon. It is a fun book for all younger ages. Throughout this fun and adventurous book Duck rode passed all his barnyard friends and soon they were riding all over the barnyard, but no one found out that there were many different animals riding bikes that day. Duck on a Bike teaches children some farm animals and there sounds. It is a fiction picture book because of the animals being able to ride a bike and due to the colorful and accurate pi ...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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