Mid-January 2020 will see this funny rhyming in places book about a little duck that needs a little luck while they learn that some ducks need help to swim. Swim Swim Sink might be a simple story of a duck learning to swim (and some very interesting adventures when all it does is sink) but there is something more it.
Maybe it is Jenn Harney’s simple illustrations that are perfectly created in a carefree, bright manner. Maybe the fact that (as said) very interesting adventures happen. And these are adventures that you do not usually see in books that tell you to try and try and try again when things do not go right the first time (or second or third). Maybe it is the narrator’s frustration about the fact the rhyme scheme gets tossed out of whack due to the poor duck’s habit of sinking not swimming. Or maybe it was just the fact the ducklings in this story are just too darn cute!
Not having read Harney’s other picture book, Underwear! I am not sure if both Swim Swim Sink and Underwear! have the same quirky sense of humor (but what I have seen on Amazon, I would say, Yes. They are similar in style of writing and illustrations. And, while the picture book format is going to be fine, this would make a great oversized, lap board book. Your toddler will want to read this book over and over; your older child just learning to read a bit solo (or with a smidgen of help) will enjoy the antics of a ducky that might just remind themselves of themselves.