Dining At The Ducky Diner

In the late 1990s, I had an idea for a children’s picture book called “Dining at the Ducky Diner.” I had already published two titles by small houses and was anxious to see if I could sell into one of the major publishers. The field is very competitive and full of talented people.

I’ve always been an admirer of the late James Marshall and the hilarious tales he did for children in the 70s and 80s. His drawings and seriously silly writings were laugh-out-loud funny.

My book would be the tale of two ducks running a restaurant and their adventures with customers. My other inspiration (besides Marshall) was my own experience working in our family’s tiny 10-stool diner in Los Angeles when I was a teenager.

I never got further than this mock-up. Here’s the world premiere of Dining at the Ducky Diner.

A story about two ducks, Wally and Herman, trying to run a restaurant. They make mistakes and sometimes their customers can be very demanding. They learn lessons. We have fun reading about them.

They make mistakes and sometimes

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About Dick Chodkowski

Illustrator/writer: greeting cards, advertising art, children's and humor books and co-owner of Vermont's biggest and best used book store: Monroe Street Books

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