Hapless Duck is determined to be the hero of the day. When Goat, Sheep, and Frog try fly a kite, Super Duck runs up to lend a hand with more energy and enthusiasm than skill. But when the kite suddenly starts flying with poor tiny Frog hanging on for dear life, Duck gets the opportunity to come to the rescue.
Duck is the star of a series of books. Like many preschoolers, his boundless energy exceeds his ability to perform the tasks he wants to help with, creating a character that will gain sympathetic approval from young children. The text is rhyming.
The illustrations are cute and effective. Multiple panels are skillfully used on most page spreads to show the passage of time or give a variety of perspectives. This sophisticated use of space sets the book apart from the many other pictures books featuring toddler-like characters.