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Sights and SoundsCity, State and Postal CodeVintage Travel(Kerne Erickson)View all 30 items on eBayRelated linksIndian Institute of Cerebral PalsyThe BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites.Dormeuse 1931-32Sitting Ducks, by Hip Games (Retail 19.99), might just be the cutest game I have ever played! Since I loaded it onto my computer, I haven't been able to stop playing for more than a few hours, it's that addictive. When I am away from the screen, I find myself humming the theme song, working out tough obstacles in my head, and glancing back at my computer frequently, itching to play again. Bill the Duck, the lead character of the game, is so adorable and his cast of friends, including other ducks, a penguin, and even an alligator are just as charming.Waddle your way through Ducktown, the somewhat zany home of Bill, while helping friends and townspeople with their problems. Each task is different, and as I am finding out, progressively more difficult as the game goes on. You will befriend an alligator named Aldo who has an attack of a toothache while trying to make Bill his dinner. Take a driver's license exam to be the proud owner and operator of a shiny new scooter. Save a little duckling's soccer ball from being lost behind a wall. Have a triple milkshake at the Decoy Cafe with your duck buddies. These are only a very few of the many adventures that you will enjoy as you guide Bill through his world. Each task that you complete will open up new tasks and move you through different episodes of the story. 5.24See all storesEssential Jazz Editions, Set #4: The Thirties Swingtime In The Rockies Bars & ClubsCinemasEventsMusicNews & MediaAt first glance Sitting Ducks, the new picture book by pop artist Michael Bedard, is an amusing children's story about and unlikely friendship between a duck and an alligator who intends to eat the duck. But as with Bedard's art which has netted millions in retail sales world wide and soon will be featured in a Warner Brothers feature film and a Polygram TV series, people who have seen the book keep finding other meanings. Some say Sitting Ducks, which will be published by Putnum in October, is about vegetarianism; others think it's a commentary on the evils of consumerism, and still others believe it shows how hard it is to develop trust between people of different backgrounds.Michael Bedard isn't surprised at the varying interpretations, or that the book appears to both kids and adults. Primarily known as a poster artist and animator, Bedard says that he is conciously leaves space in his art for people to find their own meaning. My posters usually depict a scene that's on the brink of something happening, he explains. I leave it to the viewers to imagine what will happen next. His best-known poster, Sitting Ducks , from which the book takes its name, is a good exampel. In that piece, three ducks relax poolside, while one looks over his shoulder at two bullet holes in the wall behind them. Some people accuse me of having black humor, saying, How can you do that to the poor ducks? My response is, I haven't done anything to the ducks, you have. How do you know they will be shot? They may go on to live a happy life. Bedard explains that his challenge in writing a children's book was to develop a bull story, while still leaving room in the text and art for readers to take his ideas further. When I hear people are reading momre into the story than I put in, I know it's working. he says, acknowledging that Sitting Ducks can be enjoyed on many levels. I'm always surprised and delighted by how far kids can go with the book. Bedard says. They've made some astonishing observations about how they feel about Sitting Ducks and why they like it. The most common response from kids and adults is that it's a book about friendship. Adults may find Bedard's illustrations quite familiar. He has ben an internationally best-selling poster artist for more than 20 years with overseas sales to ten nations, including Germany, Japan, Switzerland, and Australia. He delighted to bring his most popular characters to a picture book format. I love how distilled children's book stories are. They are closer to what I would call true storytelling than any other literary form. he says. I particularly admire the work of Chris Van Allsburg, Maurice Sendak, and of course, Dr. Seuss. In Sitting Ducks, Michael Bedard has set up a world populated by ducks who are manufactured in a factory staffed by alligators and raised in Ducktown with the sole purpose of becoming a delicious meal. The ducks, blissfully unaware of their eventual fate, docilely stuff themselves and never question the status quo in their alligator-eat-duck world. Everything changes when one duck learns the truth - and finds a path to freedom. The humor in my work comes from simple observations of human behavior and the curious ironies of life. Bedard explains. The strange actions of humans are better understood when we're able to step back and look at an allegorical situation. According to Bedard, the duck strikes a universal chord because it mirrors a common experience of vulnerability. Although a duck is the prey of any number of more powerful adversaries this wonderful creature displays an aggressive attitude when confronted by danger. For Bedard, this combination of vulnerability and bravado is a fitting expression of the fragility human beings feel when bluffing their way through the complications of modern life.# # #SITTING DUCKSby Michael BedardAll AgesISBN: 0-399-288-17-0Pub. 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