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The Duck and the Darklings - Glenda Millard

The Duck and the Darklings

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2014
ISBN: 9781743312612
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old

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Peterboy wants to find something special for his grandfather, but he finds a fallen duck in need of care. This is an extraordinary and totally enchanting story of friendship, hope and joy from two very talented, award- winning picture-book makers.

Grandpapa's eyes shine when he remembers the beauty of the world, long-ago. Peterboy wants to find something wonderful to bring the light to Grandpapa's eyes and keep it there. What he finds is a duck, wounded and broken, and Grandpapa mends her from top to tail; quack, waddle and wing!

The Duck and the Darklings is a triumphant story, for children and adults, about the coming of hope in dark days, the warmth of friendship and the splendour of a new dawn.

About the Author

Glenda Millard is the author of many acclaimed novels and picture books, including Lightning Jack, illustrated by Patricia Mullins, which was shortlisted in the 2013 Children's Book Council of Australia awards. Stephen Michael King has illustrated, written and designed many splendid books for children, including Milli, Jack and the Dancing Cat and Bella's Bad Hair Day. The books they have made together include Applesauce and the Christmas Miracle, The Tender Morsels of Saffron Silk and other books in the Kingdom of Silk series.

Industry Reviews

"A tale of darkness that, thanks to friendship and caring characters, becomes one of transformation and hope, The Duck and the Darklingsis a very creative, poignant story that will appeal to some but not all young readers." Bookloons.com, 10/5/2016"

Captivating, Beautiful


What an incredibly beautiful book this one is. The language used by Millard and Kind is truly breathtaking - my favourite line being, 'So Grandpapa turned the rusty latchkey of his magnificent remember and set free a symphony of stories'. If I had read a description of this book that mentioned that it was set in a post apocalyptic world I wouldn't have even given it a second glance, but it truly is a wonderful story. If you ever had the chance to pick it up, or time to watch a reading of it on YouTube, do it! This book is FUN to read, and one that I have read again and again. Very highly recommended.



Shining a light in the darkness


This beautifully written and illustrated book helps children and adults alike to find hope to in a world torn with strife and misery.

Wauchope, NSW


The Duck and the Darklings

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ISBN: 9781743312612
ISBN-10: 174331261X
Audience: Children
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old
For Grades: 1 - 2
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st April 2014
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1