Duckworth, the Difficult Child

h1 June 19th, 2019 by jules

“But after taking a nap, Duckworth was practicing his recorder
when the cobra slithered right up and …”

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In the mood for a send-up of modern parenting? If so, you can head over to BookPage for my review of Michael Sussman’s Duckworth, the Difficult Child (Atheneum, June 2019), illustrated by Júlia Sardà.

That review is here, and today at 7-Imp are some spreads from the book.



“He looked up and saw a gigantic
snake slithering out of his closet.”

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“Duckworth dashed downstairs, where he found his parents sitting together on the sofa. They were reading a book called Dealing with Your Difficult Child. …”
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“‘But it’s a real snake,’ Duckworth insisted. ‘It hissed at me.'”
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“By the time Duckworth finished his chores, he was so tired that he had,
in fact, forgotten all about the snake.”

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“… swallowed him whole!”
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DUCKWORTH, THE DIFFICULT CHILD. Copyright © 2019 by Michael Sussman. Illustrations © 2019 by Júlia Sardà and reproduced by permission of the publisher, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, New York.

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