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Reviews:
Alphabet Mystery by Audrey Wood
The Best Friend I Ever Had by David Nuffer
Beyond the Blue Event Horizon by Frederik Pohl
Black Rainbow by Barbara Michaels
The Bomb That Followed Me Home by Cevin Soling
Catalog by Eugene Mirabelli
The Chemist by Janson Mancheski
Culture Shock! California by Mark Cramer
The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
Heechee Rendezvous by Frederik Pohl
How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo
Keeping Hannah Waiting by Dave Clarke
Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
Love in 90 Days by Diana Kirschner
The Night We Buried Road Dog by Jack Cady
Of Dreams and Reality by Frank L. Johnson
Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
Purplicious by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann
School Days by B. G. Hennessy
The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay
Sister Margaret by Rhonda Parrish
A Surprise for Rosie by Julia Rawlinson
Texas Bake Sale by Charles Coleman Finlay
There's a Wolf at the Door by Zoë B. Alley
Tiger Burning Bright by Theodora DuBois
Venice by Adrian Stokes and John Piper
Winding Broomcorn by Mario Milosevic
The Whole Shebang by Timothy Ferris

Ulysses:
Episode 2: Nestor: Kif
Episode 3: Proteus: Georgia Nicholson
Episode 4: Calypso: Parasites Lost
Episode 5: The Lotus Eaters: Down to the River to Pray

Miscellaneous:
Historical Fiction

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for Duck for President

Duck for PresidentDuck for President: 03/01/09

I've had a number of people recommend Duck for President by Doreen Cronin to me especially after my review of Click Clack Moo. The latest person to recommend it was my son. I take recommendations from family very seriously. Now having laughed myself silly, here is the review.

Duck for President follows the political career of Farmer Brown's duck, Duck. Farmer Brown perhaps having learned something from his experiences in Click, Clack Moo now divides up the chores among the animals. If they want perks, they have to earn them. Duck's job is to "take out the trash; mow the lawn; grind the coffee beans." (p. 5). He finishes every day "covered in tiny bits of grass and espresso beans." (p. 7). He decides the best way out of this daily ritual is to take over the farm (through a democratic election, of course).

When I went into reading Duck for President, I wasn't expecting the book to go all the way to the Whitehouse. Of course, the cover art should have been a clue. The copy I have shows both mascots of the two major political parties. To be honest though, I didn't really look at the cover. I was so excited to read the book that I just jumped in.

What follows is a hilarious series of events as Duck's political career takes off. He doesn't stop with the farm. No. He goes on to be governor and even the President of the United States (but does he blog about it?) .

As the book came out in 2004, it's a clear and very funny parody of the dog and pony show that was Bush's second election. Having now survived eight horrible years of so called leadership it's nice to be reading this parody with optimism as we try to dig out of his legacy.

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