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Find the Duck – Claudia Zeff (Illustrated by Stephen Cartright)

25 Jun

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Before I start this, I have to tell you that I have just decided to read a book called Gateway to Atlantis: The Search For the Source of a Lost Civilisation.  The only reason I chose to read it is because the first two words on the back cover are ‘Learned and erudite’.  Comment leavers of the last post will find that half amusing I am sure, anyway, on with the post…

One Christmas I received this work of art and let me tell you it kept me entertained for minutes. Fifteen actually due to my short-sighted, colour blind, (with all the depth perception of a blindfolded cyclops) eyes.

Humiliation and excuses aside, this is one epic book…if you are three.  To find the duck, ‘The’ duck, not one of the thousands of impostors but the original one.

It’s great to indulge in being a child all over again but there is perhaps too much in the way of regression in this book to entice you. Look deeper though, into the powerful subtext.  Just like Where’s Wally? this book poses that existential question of, who am I?

Aside from the question, how does finding a mallard aid us in such a huge life inquiry, you may also be wondering if a bump or fall has afflicted the head of your adventurous reviewer.  well to the second question, I answer you by sitting atop a traffic cone and saying ‘bibble’.

To the first, I would argue, however tenuously (yet tenaciously), that to find the duck is to, by extension, find yourself and achieve enlightenment, a sense of satisfaction and most importantly a sense of inner peace.  I am sometimes amazed that this is not the holy book of a recently founded religion.

When the question ‘where is the duck?’ is asked, the question may as well be how big is infinite and what do aliens look like, the real ones, not those made up ones that people are always seeing.  An enigma entwined deeply in a riddle, to say the least.  Perhaps the question can only truly be answered on a material level, such as *SPOILERS* he’s on the shelf, he’s partially under a towel *SPOILERS END, but on a spiritual level the complex equations of labyrinthine proportions are just to heady for me.

Such dilemmas are personal and unique to us all but if you have an excuse, say a three year old, buy it so you can contemplate the wonders of life and everything in existence and all that entails.  Considering its weighty  and influential ideas that will (possibly) cause a major rethink into the way we view the whole of Philosophy, this book is actually wasted on children.

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36 responses to “Find the Duck – Claudia Zeff (Illustrated by Stephen Cartright)

  1. Lyn

    25/06/2013 at 20:45

    Learned and erudite…that is way too deep for my 9th-Grade educated brain to comprehend! I do however, like the cover of the Find the Duck book. It’s bright and cheerful and the cover alone, teaches a very important lesson to three year olds…always replace your toothbrush when it becomes shaggy – like the duck’s – otherwise, like the duck, you’ll end up with no teeth.

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    • StetotheJ

      26/06/2013 at 20:14

      Wise words indeed, I imagine a Planet of the Apes type scenario where the ducks take over but are friendlier and tell humourous jokes like the ones in Christmas crackers. Our toothbrushes are always cared for as well, it is a strange world….

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  2. Christina ~

    26/06/2013 at 00:15

    I love the way your mind works!! Most people (including me) would have never taken the time to realize the true existentialistic wonder of this book! I’m sure the title would put many off but I have a feeling sales might increase after your thoughtful provoking and erudite review (wink)! xxxx

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    • StetotheJ

      26/06/2013 at 04:09

      It has so much depth to it, as a book it can be read on many levels as a guide to life it is essential and powerful to boot. The simplistic title is just another reference to the hidden secrets of life, which no doubt the Templars and Free Masons have known about for years. Now that conspiracy theory may raise sales. xxxx

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  3. renxkyoko

    26/06/2013 at 00:18

    The Search for the Lost Civilization… I love good story-telling and mystery. Should I read this?

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    • StetotheJ

      26/06/2013 at 20:01

      At the moment, and i haven’t got very far into it, it seems like a decent book, no mention of aliens which is always a plus point. I shall keep you appraised.

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  4. sakuraandme

    26/06/2013 at 01:10

    Haha! In love kids books. Every time I have my grandsons ( 3 & 7) I always read to them. I shall look for this book. Looking for Wally is like this huge challenge and I hate failing!! LMAO. Hugs Paula xxx

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    • StetotheJ

      26/06/2013 at 20:04

      Now that is a book, not only is he there to find, but there are a load more characters to check out too, it gets a bit crazy. Did you hear about the time they had to recall a lot of books because there was a topless woman in the beach scene, lol.

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      • sakuraandme

        27/06/2013 at 04:30

        Hahaha! I so would of loved to have seen that! Lol

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  5. RoSy

    26/06/2013 at 01:19

    This post quacked me up!
    I know…I’m so original.

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  6. gargoylebruce

    26/06/2013 at 02:11

    Is it a lift-the-flap book? If so, I’m sold. I love those ones.

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    • StetotheJ

      26/06/2013 at 19:59

      Sadly it isn’t, although that would bring an extra dimension of insaneness to it.

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  7. Penny L Howe

    26/06/2013 at 02:15

    Wow, the meaning of life by finding the duck of it all! Just Ducky, (sorry couldn’t help myself) but you have left me intrigued. I’ll need to check this one out! 🙂

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    • StetotheJ

      26/06/2013 at 20:05

      Completely quackers you are! I used your skill of looking at things to go completely over the top. So it’s all your fault.

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      • Penny L Howe

        26/06/2013 at 20:14

        Well then I will be glad to take full credit for this, SteJ. Thinking out of the box (or getting rid of the box altogether so there’s more room for creative expression) is a very good thing my friend! xx (okay so that’s going to be my pennyquote for the day, lol!

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        • StetotheJ

          26/06/2013 at 20:29

          Yeah boxes are fine but they do get in the way and sometimes go mouldy. Like some of my old magazines…I’ll be okay though, it’s just hard to let those guys go to the recycle bin in the sky….after I lob ’em in the recycle bin in the back yard.

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          • Penny L Howe

            26/06/2013 at 20:33

            You know that would be a great “write”. What are boxes really for today?

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            • StetotheJ

              26/06/2013 at 20:36

              It could be a series…I could change my name to the Great Write Shark…

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              • Penny L Howe

                26/06/2013 at 20:38

                I’m laughing, love it … The Great Write Shark! Still laughing here!

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  8. gargoylebruce

    26/06/2013 at 02:16

    Oh, and for those die-hard seekers after truth, this book is part of a series. So really the foundational canon for a new religion is just sitting waiting to be taken up and distributed in a zealous and enthusiastic fashion.

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    • StetotheJ

      26/06/2013 at 20:00

      I will have to hunt out the rest, who knows what other mysteries of the universe could be solved just by spending a bit of time contemplating…

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  9. Theanne aka magnoliamoonpie

    26/06/2013 at 03:15

    “learned and erudite”? well well 🙂

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  10. 최다해 gongjumonica

    26/06/2013 at 06:48

    Nice review, Steve. If I am to read this book, I might take it as it is – a children’s book. You are so deep as to connect it with Philosophy. Cheers for the learned and erudite!

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    • StetotheJ

      26/06/2013 at 20:02

      I think it’s less a case of being deep and more of having way to much time to think on my hands lol.

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  11. readingwithrhythm

    28/06/2013 at 14:02

    Now this is my kind of book! Finding ducks sounds like a fun game! and I find it interesting that you are going from Finding Ducks to Searching for Lost Civilizations. Good luck on the hunt.

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    • StetotheJ

      01/07/2013 at 18:05

      I think the two have a lot in common, give me enough time and however tenuous the link I will find it lol. I like a challenge.

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  12. LuAnn

    01/07/2013 at 14:20

    Knowing this book means to appeal to young children, few adults would take the time to read it (except to their children) much less dig deeper as you have. I love the wanderings of your mind! 🙂

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    • StetotheJ

      01/07/2013 at 18:02

      Some call me unhinged…I like to think I’m differently minded. Mwahahaha.

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  13. readinpleasure

    09/08/2013 at 16:22

    Oh Ste J, sometimes, your ‘big English’ overwhelms me. 🙂 and all about a children’s book. (sigh) lovely cover 🙂

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    • Ste J

      11/08/2013 at 08:22

      I thought I would try and find an original angle on the book, to keep it interesting, or just a bit crazy hehe.

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