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Cover: 196 x 130mm. Spine: 5.6mm

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Words and pictures Patrice Aggs

Patrice Aggs

PATRICE AGGS has illustrated many books for children, including Bertie Rooster in the PANDA CUB series. She is the author and illustrator of Strawberry Squirt (Panda), and The Giraffe Who Came to Dinner.

in Trouble

DUCKS IN TROUBLE

Down on the farmyard the ducks start to sing. But wait! What if they wake the fox? Have they thought about that? No! They’re having too much fun ...

ISBN 978-1-84717-154-2

9 781847 171542

Beginner Readers

O'BRIEN

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PANDA books are for first readers beginning to make their own way through books.

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Ducks in Trouble Written and illustrated by PATRICE AGGS

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This edition first published 2009 by The O’Brien Press Ltd, 12 Terenure Road East, Rathgar, Dublin 6, D06 HD27, Ireland. Tel: +353 1 4923333; Fax: +353 1 4922777 E-mail: books@obrien.ie Website: www.obrien.ie Originally published as Ooh La Booga Bomp in 2001. Reprinted 2003. Digital edition 2020. ISBN: 978-1-84717-154-2

Copyright for text and illustrations © Patrice Aggs Copyright for layout © The O’Brien Press Ltd All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or utilised in any way or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system without permission in writing from the publisher. 3

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Ducks in Trouble received assistance from the Arts Council


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Can YOU spot the panda hidden in the story?

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‘What do you think of this song?’ asked Pintail. He sang a little tune.

‘I made it up,’ Pintail said. 6

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‘It’s good,’ said Fantail. ‘Can I join in?’

Pintail and Fantail both began to sing. 7

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Down by the pond, Sploosh and Duckbrain heard them. ‘What a nice song,’ said Sploosh. ‘I like it too,’ said Duckbrain. 8

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‘Pintail made it up,’ said Fantail. ‘Why don’t you join in?’

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‘It has words,’ said Pintail.

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‘Cool!’ said Sploosh and Duckbrain.

They began to sing, too.

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Up by the duck house, Goose was trying to rest. He heard the ducks’ song. ‘What’s that noise?’ Goose honked.

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‘Goose!’ shouted Duckbrain. ‘Come down and listen. Pintail has made up a tune. We are all singing it.’

‘You can join in,’ shouted Fantail. 13

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Goose did not come down. ‘I can hear it very well up here,’ he said.

‘It’s very good,’ said Sploosh.

‘It’s very loud,’ said Goose. ‘I’m trying to rest.’ 14

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The ducks liked their song. 15

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Sploosh found a bit of barbed wire. When Duckbrain yanked the wire, it made a cool sound.

Boing! Boing!

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Then Duckbrain found a stick and a pan. When Sploosh hit the pan, it made a sound like a drum.

Bang! Bang!

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‘Hey! I like that!’ said Pintail. ‘You guys can be the band. What a song!’ 18

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‘What a racket!’ grumbled Goose. He gave up trying to rest. He went down to the pond.

‘You ducks are making

too much noise,’ said Goose. 20

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‘It’s late,’ he said. ‘Everyone is trying to rest. You’ll wake up the farmer with your singing and banging.’

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‘But it’s a good song!’ shouted Pintail. ‘You should join in!’

Sploosh banged the pan harder. Duckbrain pulled harder on the wire. Goose left. 22

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They all sang much louder than before.

‘Don’t worry about the farmer,’ they sang. ‘We won’t wake anyone up.’

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But they did wake someone up.

Fox sat up. ‘What’s that noise?’ he asked. 24

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The moon shone. Fox could see some ducks singing and banging. ‘Yum,’ said Fox.

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‘Trumpets!’ quacked Fantail. ‘That’s what this song needs! We need some trumpets!’

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The ducks’ song was getting better.

But it was also getting louder.

‘Hmm,’ said Fox. ‘I might creep a little closer. They’re making so much noise they won’t hear me.’ 28

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‘Dancing!’ shouted Sploosh. ‘We need a tap dance!’ He got some tiles from the farmer’s shed. He clapped them together. They made a noise just like tap dancing.

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‘Look at me!’ Sploosh quacked.

He thought his dancing was good enough to get on TV. 31

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Pintail and Fantail and Sploosh and Duckbrain danced, and sang, and played their flowerpot trumpets. They banged their pans and boinged their barbed wire. 32

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‘You don’t know what you’re missing, Goose!’ Duckbrain shouted up the hill. ‘Hee, hee, hee! This is really fun.’

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‘Hee, hee, hee!’ laughed Fox. ‘Those ducks are so loud! They can’t hear me at all. I can get up close behind them. I can easily bite one of them.’

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Goose sat up. ‘What are they doing now?’ he groaned. ‘Oh no! Tap dancing! If they wake the farmer–’

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Goose stopped. What was that shape in the moonlight?

Ducks!’ Goose shouted.

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But the ducks could not hear him. They went on singing and banging and boinging and clacking.

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Ducks!’

Goose yelled again. Goose waved his wings in the air. ‘Look out, ducks! It’s a fox!’ 39

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Pintail saw Goose up by the duck house. He saw Goose waving his wings in the moonlight.

‘Come and join the fun, Goose!’ Pintail yelled. 40

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Goose did not stop to think. He knew what he had to do. He had to join in. He had to join in – fast. 41

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Goose ran down to the pond. He grabbed a flowerpot. He jumped up and down on the tiles. He opened his beak

and honked and honked.

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‘Hey!’ shouted Fantail. ‘Goose is part of our band at last!’ 43

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‘Hey!’ shouted Pintail. ‘I told you it was fun, Goose!’ 44

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‘Hey!’ shouted Fox. ‘What a noise! This is it! I can jump out and get them now!’

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‘Hey!’ someone shouted. It was the farmer! ‘What’s

that racket?’

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The farmer ran out his front door.

‘Hey!’ he shouted again. ‘It’s

a fox!’

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Fox yelped.

The ducks all quacked and yelled.

The tiles and flowerpots flew into the air. The farmer ran after Fox with a big stick.

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The farmer chased Fox far into the woods. Then he came back to calm everyone down. 49

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Pintail was still yelling. Sploosh was still quacking. Fantail was running around flapping his wings. Duckbrain felt sick. 50

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‘Oh, thank you for saving us!’ they all said. The ducks fell in a heap by the farmer’s boots.

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‘Thank you,’ said the farmer. ‘What clever ducks you are – making that big noise to wake me up! I always thought ducks were silly. Now I know better. You can have some extra food in the morning.’

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And off he went to his bed. 53

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The ducks looked at each other. It was very quiet now.

‘Well, we did wake the farmer,’ said Pintail. 54

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‘No, we did not,’ said Fantail. ‘Goose did.

It was all his work. I feel terrible.’

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The ducks marched up to the duck house. Goose was trying, for the fourth time that night, to get some sleep.

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Pintail woke him up. ‘Oh no,’ said Goose. ‘Not again!’ 58

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‘Goose,’ said Pintail. ‘We’re sorry.’

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‘We’re all sorry,’ said Fantail.

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‘We’re really sorry,’ said Sploosh.

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‘Really, really–’ began Duckbrain.

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Goose waved his wing. ‘Stop! That’s enough noise,’ he said. ‘Go to sleep.

Please!’

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Cover: 196 x 130mm. Spine: 5.6mm

Ducks

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Words and pictures Patrice Aggs

Patrice Aggs

PATRICE AGGS has illustrated many books for children, including Bertie Rooster in the PANDA CUB series. She is the author and illustrator of Strawberry Squirt (Panda), and The Giraffe Who Came to Dinner.

in Trouble

DUCKS IN TROUBLE

Down on the farmyard the ducks start to sing. But wait! What if they wake the fox? Have they thought about that? No! They’re having too much fun ...

ISBN 978-1-84717-154-2

9 781847 171542

Beginner Readers

O'BRIEN

p and a s for

pan

d a 20

p and a s

Profile for The O'Brien Press Ltd

Ducks in Trouble  

On the farm, some very strange noises are keeping the farmer awake. The ducks are having fun singing and banging ‘instruments'-- what a rack...

Ducks in Trouble  

On the farm, some very strange noises are keeping the farmer awake. The ducks are having fun singing and banging ‘instruments'-- what a rack...

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