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Quackenstein Hatches a Family Hardcover – October 1, 2010

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K-Gr 2–Quack the duck is grumpy. All the other animals in the zoo have someone to love and snuggle with, but Quack is alone. It doesn't seem to occur to him that the signs on his shack, “KEEP OUT ALL!! JUST LEAVE ME BE!” might account in part for his solitary status. One day he comes upon a basket of eggs with a sign that reads,“ORPHANED EGGS/HOMES NEEDED” and he decides to adopt one. He eagerly awaits its hatching, but when it does, he is horrified. What emerges is not the fuzzy duckling he had hoped for, but a red-eyed, sharp-clawed “monster.” Quack runs away in terror, the “monster” in hot pursuit. Eventually it corners Quack in a cave and he fears the worst. When the monster says, “Hello, Dad,” Quack's heart melts, and he and his son–a platypus–walk off, wing in paw. The idea that prospective adoptive parents would not only abandon, but would also be horrified when the child is not what they expect, or has a birth defect, creates a potentially hurtful scenario. The acrylic illustrations with touches of Photoshop feature murky blues and purples and are not likely to have a great deal of child appeal. Keiko Kaza's A Mother for Choco (Putnam, 1992) is an excellent antidote for the message this book sends.Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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About the Author

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen visits schools to share her stories, and teaches writing. She lives in New Jersey with her three children. Visit her online at www.sudipta.com.

 

Brian T. Jones is a graduate of the Otis College of Art and Design whose work has appeared in the New Yorker. He lives in Pasadena, California. Visit him online at www.briantjones.com.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810989735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810989733
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Really fun book ... And this author's book 'Hampire' is even better. The term 'Hampire' has become part of our families vernacular (used whenever someone is getting hungry-grumpy). We all wish we could find more books by this inventive author.
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I picked this up thinking it would be a kid aimed parody of the classic Frankenstein story due to the title and cover, with a duck playing Dr Frankenstein. Nothing at all to do with Mary Shelley's novel though. Quackenstein is basically the old tale of an animal looking after an egg which it wrongly assumes will have a baby version of the same type of animal that it is inside. Of course when the egg hatches, it's something else. The slight variation on the tired storyline has the depressed duck, who lives in a zoo, seeing heaps of other happy parent animals and stumbling upon an egg adoption agency. Even though the duck has questionable mental abilities to take on the responsibility of parenthood, it is given an egg. Of course the duck freaks out when the egg hatches and runs with his adopted son close behind in hot pursuit, around various other animal enclosures yelling in terror, including through those of crocodile and other predators who should eat both of them.

Even though the story itself is pretty average and is definitely not one you would put on the shelves in an adoption agency, the illustrations by Brian Jones are absolutely brilliant and make the book worth picking up just to check them out.
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This book is GREAT!! Such a fun read, the rhyming story flows well and is interesting for kids and adults. What really makes this such a great book though are the illustrations..they are so clever, bright and colorful. Excellent job Mr. Jones in bringing a fun story to life with your paintings!
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Quackenstein is adorable. The pictures are beautiful, the story is uplifting and kids love it.
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Cute story, great illustrations. Perfect for the 3-5 year old set - and adults who read to them.
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