From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-Quack, a little pink duck, is feeling adventurous, so after looking through his telescope, he decides to take a trip to the moon. After blastoff, his friends-the raccoons, Little Dog, Mrs. Cow, and the crocodiles-miss him. Meanwhile, the duck is so sad that he decides to return home, and all of the animals are happy. This quirky story is written in "the international language of Ducks." Simple phrases, such as "But the Raccoons," "And Little Dog," and "Even Mrs. Cow," are written in English, but the dialogue is in Duck: "And the Crocodiles? `Quack quacked Quack, too!'" The colorful, full-page illustrations were created from hand-sewn quilts. Each fabric collage is a rainbow of different colors, including soft purples, blues, oranges, greens, reds, and yellows, and the artist has worked an amazing amount of expression into each animal's face, from the pink crocodiles to the forlorn raccoons. Although this is an odd duck of a book, very young children will love saying the word quack over and over again, and may be speaking the language of ducks for hours after reading the story.Kristin de Lacoste, South Regional Public Library, Pembroke Pines, FL
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About the Author
Arthur Yorinks is the author of 25 books for children, including Hey, Al, winner of the 1987 Caldecott Medal, and Louis the Fish, a Reading Rainbow main selection. Adrienne Yorinks's first picture book, Stand for Children by Marian Wright Edelman, was called a "stunning children's book debut" by Publishers Weekly. Since then, she has gone on to illustrate Eugene O'Neill's The Last Will and Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog, and The Alphabet Atlas to great critical acclaim. A celebrated artist, Ms. Yorinks's unique textile work has been seen throughout the United States and around the world. Her commissions include Look At Their Faces, a work created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the City University of New York, and AFL-CIO, 13 Million Voices Strong, a piece to celebrate the AFL-CIO's commitment to civil rights in America. She is currently a professor at Brookdale College, where she teaches Psychodrama and Creative Arts Therapy. Ms. Yorinks had a dog grooming business in New York City for 15 years, where her clients included the Rockefellers, Cyndi Lauper, and the NYPD bomb squad dogs.