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Odd Duck

by Cecil Castellucci

Hardcover, 96 pages

Published by First Second (2013-05-14)

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Theodora is a perfectly normal duck. She may swim with a teacup balanced on her head and stay north when the rest of the ducks fly south for the winter, but there's nothing so odd about that.

Chad, on the other hand, is one strange bird. Theodora quite likes him, but she can't overlook his odd habits. It's a good thing Chad has a normal friend like Theodora to set a good example for him.

But who exactly is the odd duck here? Theodora may not like the answer.

Sara Varon (Robot Dreams) teams up with Cecil Castellucci (Grandma's Gloves) for a gorgeous, funny, and heartwarming examination of the perils and pleasures of friendship.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013

One Potato Review

Like its heroine, odder than it appears on the surface. Look closely here and you will probably discover some deviant flourishes you missed the first time around: not only in Chad, the new neighbor, who wears his weirdness on his sleeve (conceptual sculptures, violent dancing, racy cocktails), but also Theodora, who cannot mysteriously seem to rouse herself to fly south with the other ducks every winter, and is finally the victim of a heavy, dripping heart which appears before her, quite literally, on a bicycle ride back from town. Castellucci does the telling here (and refuses to shy away from adult formulations like “general malaise”), still it’s the showing, by Varon, that continues to demand our further attention. Both comic and poignant, and worthy of its title. 

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