Dodsworth by Tim Egan
Traveling the world is a lifelong dream for many. Few, if any, of those many would care to do it in the company of a poorly behaved, trouble-making duck. Dodsworth is no different. As he travels the globe he just can’t seem to shake the duck, which results in hilarious travel tales that are fun & funny for both kids and adults. Even Dodsworth has to admit the duck is a little endearing, after a while. These short chapter books, with repetitive word choices are perfect for beginning readers, and great to share as a read-aloud, too. RA/ER -1/3
Dodsworth in New York – Dodsworth wants to see the world. Before leaving his hometown of New York he needs some breakfast. Unfortunately for Dodsworth, and luckily for readers, on his trip for pancakes at Hodges’ Cafe he meets a crazy duck who leads Dodsworth across New York city, past famous sights right onto a boat that’s traveling across the ocean….
Dodsworth in Paris – The Eiffel Tower beckons as Dodsworth and the duck visit the City of Lights. But try as he may the duck just can’t seem to stay out of trouble! For comedic mischief from Notre Dame to the Louvre follow Dodsworth and the duck as they don a beret and visit the sights of Paris. This early reader contains some French words which help build diverse vocabulary, but may require a grown-up to assist with the initial reading.
Dodsworth in London – They’ve crossed the channel via hot-air balloon and Dodsworth and the duck (still sporting his beret) are now in London. This time a case of mistaken identity leaves Dodsworth with the wrong duck! How will Dodsworth find his duck, and return this one to it’s home? From double-decker buses to Buckingham Palace this hilarious duo don’t miss a thing while in London!
Dodsworth in Rome – When in Rome…trouble is bound to follow Dodsworth and the duck. From entering a pizza throwing contest to a visit to the Sistine Chapel, with these two nothing ever goes as planned. Follow Dodsworth and the duck on another adventure as the scooter around Rome as they see the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain and eat lots of gelato!
Dodsworth in Tokyo – Dodsworth is excited to visit Tokyo, but nervous that the duck will have trouble minding his manners. As usual, the duck doesn’t disappoint and has accidents everywhere he goes. This time however, he redeems himself by helping a young girl. Even Dodsworth has to smile at that. Many of the Japanese words may be too difficult for the earliest readers, but the pictures help with decoding and adults will enjoy these adventures too, so read along together!