Publisher's synopsis

Peterboy wants to find something special for his grandfather, but he finds a fallen duck in need of care. This is an extraordinary and totally enchanting story of friendship, hope and joy from two very talented, award-winning picture-book makers.

Grandpapa’s eyes shine when he remembers the beauty of the world, long-ago. Peterboy wants to find something wonderful to bring the light to Grandpapa’s eyes and keep it there. What he finds is a duck, wounded and broken, and Grandpapa mends her from top to tail; quack, waddle and wing!

The Duck and the Darklings is a triumphant story, for children and adults, about the coming of hope in dark days, the warmth of friendship and the splendour of a new dawn.


  • Winner, Western Australian Premier’s Book Award – Children’s Books, 2016, AU
  • Commended, White Raven book, 2015, DE
  • Short-listed, CBCA Picture Book of the Year, 2015, 2015, AU
  • Short-listed, The Wilderness Society’s Environmental Award for Children’s Literature, Picture Fiction category, 2015, AU
  • Short-listed, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature , 2015, AU
  • Short-listed, Sakura Medal, for selected books in the reading program across Japan, 2017, Japan

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