The Duck Who Flew Upside Down (Recently re-released as Wilbur the Duck Who Flew Upside Down) by Russ Towne #kidlit #books #bookish

February 7, 2018



Title: The Duck Who Flew Upside Down (Recently re-released as Wilbur the Duck Who Flew Upside Down)


Author: Russ Towne


Genre: Children’s Picture Book


Publisher: Russ Towne


Book Blurb: Wilbur Mallard is a very odd duck. He is bright orange with purple spots and a great big bright purple thing-a-ma-jig on top of his head. Every time Wilbur tries to fly, that thing-a-ma-jig spins him upside down! When he tries to land, he always ends up bouncing, somersaulting, and finally crashing or splashing in a heap. Ducks aren’t built to fly upside down, so Wilbur has to work much harder than the other ducks to fly. Poor Wilbur! But these challenges and differences help Wilbur in many ways. Find out how as you join him on this great and exciting adventure that will make many warm memories and hearts of all ages smile.




When Wilbur turned he saw the friendliest face he’d ever seen.  She quacked, “Hi, I’m Eileen.”  Wilbur was so nervous he could hardly quack, “H-H-I. I’m, uh, I’m Wilbur.”


“Nice to meet you,” she quacked back.  “Why are you flying all alone?”


  Wilbur shared his sad story. Eileen responded, “I’m sorry that happened. If you don’t mind, I’d like to fly with you.”  “Really? That would be great!” Wilbur quacked excitedly. “But, aren’t you afraid to fly with someone who looks so funny and flies upside down? I know I’m a very odd duck.”


Eileen said, “You are different, but that’s one of the things I like about you. Most ducks look alike and fly alike. You are special because you aren’t like all the rest.”  Wilbur smiled. He had never thought about it like that before.


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Author Bio:

Russ lives with his wife in Campbell, California, USA. They’ve been married since 1979; have three adult children, and five grandchildren. His passions include family, friends, writing and investing. Russ wrote his first book in 2013 when he was fifty-six and has written and published dozens of books that can be found on and elsewhere.

Russ delights in seeing the expressions on the faces of young children and their loved ones as they experience his children's picture, early reader, and chapter books. He enjoys reading his stories in classrooms, schools, libraries, and anywhere young children gather. Russ revels in interacting with youngsters, answering their questions, and inspiring a love within them for the magic of reading and writing.

Russ savors experiencing nature, especially near rivers and streams that run through giant redwood groves, and near beautiful beaches. He enjoys watching classic movies, reading, and his tiny fern garden and redwood grove. Russ greatly enjoys managing the investments of Clients of the wealth management firm he founded in 2003.

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The titles of the books he has written, compiled, and published include:


Books for Young Children:


Sunny Saves the Grumpadinkles


Mysti Z’s Magical Day


Wilbur the Duck Who Flew Upside Down


Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon


Flora Belle and Dreami Dragon


The Beach that Love Built


A Day in the Shade of a Tickletoe Tree


Zach and the Toad Who Rode a Bull


V. G. and Dexter Dufflebee




Clyde and Friends


Clyde and Hoozy Whatzadingle


Clyde and I Help a Hippo to Fly


Rusty Bear and Thomas, Too


Clyde and I



Honest, Honey, That’s How It Happened

Stop Peeing in the Kitty Litter!

Slices of Life An anthology of the selected non-fiction stories of several writers.

Reflections from the Heart of a Grateful Man



It Was Her Eyes A novella

Touched Short stories and flash fiction

Palpable Imaginings An anthology of stories by several writers in various genres.




Heart Whispers An anthology of the selected works of over 20 poets.



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