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Quack! Hardcover – March 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; English Language edition (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810935481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810935488
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,470,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maatka on May 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm a manager in a bookstore and I began a shift meeting by reading this book aloud to my booksellers: we range in age from 19-40 and we all laughed and were charmed by this very original book. It's tooooo funny! We'll be using this for a storytime and I just know that the kids will fall in love too. Quack is a duck who longs to quack to the moon. But he soon discovers that such adventuring is not all it's "quacked" up to be. The funniest, but saddest and most touching part is when he's on the moon all alone: "Quack quacked, and quacked..." meaning that Quack the duck cried and cried for loneliness. That part may not sound particularly funny, but an expressive reader makes all the difference at a storytime. It can really be a hoot--oops! Sorry! I mean a QUACK! :) I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JB on September 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit, when I was given this book -- whose text is predominantly the word "quack" -- I was skeptical. It seemed a little like a cop-out to avoid writing clever dialog, but once I read it to my 14 month old daughter, I was sold. It immediately became her most requested book. At her age, repeating animal sounds is fun, and nothing is better than a book full of "quack." She can even read along! She's now almost 17 months and "Quack!" is still her favorite (although Dr. Suess runs a close second).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Bailey on May 2, 2006
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This is such a great book. My kids love it and my wife and I get a kick out of it as well. There is something quircky and witty about using sounds in the place of words, and when kids get it; it's really fun for them. My 2 year-old especially loves this book. He has now taken to substituing words in everyday speach with other animal sounds. Its pretty funny. Anyway, if you have a child, under the age of about 4 I would buy this book right now. Your kid(s) will love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Of all of our children's books, my one year old daughter enjoys it when I read this one to her the most. She laughs when I "quack, quack, quacked quack!" It's amazing, but I understand duck!
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By Mazzie Bee on November 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was original and hysterical when I got it out of the library...I thought my kids were going to LOVE it...but, while my 2 yr old and four yr old enjoyed it, they didn't like it as much as me and their father....oh well! That's what libraries are for. We aren't buying it yet. Bummer!
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