Douglas the Duck Thinks He’s the Boss!


Written by Anna Notley, illustrated by Jimmy Peacock

A humorous rhyming tale about how one very bossy duck is taught a lesson in humility. Bright pictures, a host of quirky animal characters and a fun story with a clever twist are sure to make this book a hit with children.

Ideal for use with children in Years 1 and 2 (age 5-8). This book has been written to accompany the LanguageLift program, but can also be used independently. The explicit story and language elements will make it particularly helpful for those struggling with oral language.


Douglas the Duck Thinks He's the Boss! provides excellent consolidation of narrative story structure, with a social theme about getting along with others. It has a special focus on theory of mind, and understanding what different characters know. It is a humorous, rhyming book to engage children and involve them in telling the story. It features many interesting 'saying' verbs (e.g. grumbles, agrees, suggests, cries). Less explicit text provides opportunities to work on inferencing skills. You can use this book to discuss:
  • What to try when someone is difficult to deal with
  • The importance of kindness and acknowledging others’ efforts
  • How to play together with other children successfully
Published by Putto Press, an imprint of MultiLit Pty Ltd.
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