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From award-winning author and illustrator Gus Gordon comes this irresistible story about a duck called George, the possibility of adventure, and taking risks to realise what you value most.

George has no interest in exploring the world. He’s far too busy at home baking fine pastries. Or so he tells everyone when they invite him along on their wonderful adventures.

But when his friend Pascal digs a little deeper, the real reason George won’t leave home is finally revealed . . .


Adorable characters, superb artwork and an engaging story . . . everything a great picture book should be

Leigh Hobbs Australian Children's Laureate

Gordon has created a visual feast which will give repeat readers more to discover on each reading. And this is a book that you will want to read time and time again.

Sam Sochacka, CKT

The whole book, is a wonderful, rich amalgam of history, whimsy and touching emotion with artistic effects to pore over (and even replicate).

Katherine England, Magpies

Gus Gordon hits all the right notes and delivers a powerful and sincere message about facing our fears.

Frances Atkinson, Sydney Morning Herald

The illustrations in this delightful and charming book are marvellous, ranging from the huge array of different (and fascinating) travelling cases on the fly pages to the first page spread of a wide assortment of birds flying north and south, and on to the story of George. Some of the pages have coloured illustrations with line drawings, while others are full-page collages. The double-page spread of Paris at night, with the Eiffel Tower lit up by a pale cream moon, are simply splendid. Every page is worth poring over – each is full of interest with so many different artistic techniques. The story is simple and straight forward – there is nothing here that is deep and meaningful, but as well as the adorable characters the Laureate mentions, there is certainly superb artwork. This is a book for readers of all ages.

Dianne Bates, Buzz Words

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    October 31, 2016


    32 pages

    RRP $24.99

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Awards and Recognition

  • Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards
    5–8 Years
  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    Notable Book
    Picture Book
  • White Ravens International Youth Library
    On selection list