A Geoduck Is Not a Duck

Learn about the Pacific Northwest’s most unique shellfish in this hilarious account of mistaken identity.

In this fun and engaging graphic novel picture book mashup, a beachside breaking news story clues the audience into a dramatic development: there’s a gooey duck on the loose!

As the report goes on, it becomes clear to the audience that the news reporter doesn’t realize his story isn’t about a duck covered in goo but is instead about the world’s largest burrowing clam, a geoduck (pronounced gooey duck).

This story of mistaken identity is full of more twists and turns than a rough day at sea and will have everyone laughing as the reporter slowly uncovers the truth about the geoduck.

The book also includes fun facts about geoducks.

Why I Wrote This Book:

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest surrounded by geoducks. I have fond memories of seeing geoducks “spit” water as I walked along the beach and then frantically trying to dig in the sand to catch one. I never caught one, but I remained fascinated by them.

Fast forward many years to when my California-born husband and I were walking along a Northwest beach. A geoduck “spit” right in front of us. My husband looked a bit alarmed. “What do you think that was?” he asked me. Very nonchalantly, I replied, “Oh that’s just a geoduck.”  Of course, what he heard was “gooey duck.”  I saw the confusion on his face and knew that a picture book that played on the pronunciation of this very unusual sea creature could be lots of fun. A Geoduck Is Not A Duck was born.

By Candy Wellins
Illustrated by Ellie Peterson
Publisher: Little Bigfoot
Publish date: March 5, 2024
Pages: 32
ISBN-10: 1632173972
ISBN-13: 978-1632173973