Ulrich Hub’s funny dialogue sparks in this comical two-hander, and Jörg Mühle’s illustrative details are full of personality—like the simple zigzag leg of his limping duck.

Rachel Lawson, Publisher

Duck’s Backyard (PREORDER)


A very funny and philosophical illustrated chapter book by a bestselling author/illustrator pair about courage, true friendship and our most secret wishes, in which a lame duck takes a blind hen on a goose chase as they search for adventure and answers to some big questions.

A duck spends her days limping around her backyard with the help of a crutch until one day a blind hen stumbles in, lost, and persuades the duck to embark on an adventurous journey. The duck will guide the hen; the hen will steady the duck’s wobbly leg. They leave together for a place where their most secret wishes will come true. The pair come upon astonishing obstacles along the way—a wild forest, a cavernous gorge and many differences of opinion. The hen starts to wish she’d taken a guide dog rather than a duck! When the two finally arrive at their destination after all the hardships, they realize that their own backyard plus a little imagination offers as much adventure as a whole world.

From the author/illustrator pair of Meet at the Ark at Eight

“Hub’s standout debut in English… Delightful and deep.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

Written by Ulrich Hub, illustrated by Jörg Mühle and translated by Helena Kirkby.

Read the first chapter by clicking here

Ebook available wherever you buy your ebooks



  • Book Details

    Country of Origin Germany
    Reader Age 6-8 year, 8-12 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Kirkus Reviews

      This deceptively simple book’s philosophical tone and sophisticated vocabulary make it ideal for older, practiced, and thoughtful readers or listeners (it makes for a solid read-aloud, too).

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