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The Duck Who Played the Kazoo Hardcover – February 18, 2008

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A lonely duck journeys to find joy and companionship in this sensitive, upbeat picture book. . . . Beeke's soft edged watercolor-and-mixed-media artwork follows the story's shifts in mood with color.
Booklist, ALA

A tender and charming tale of looking for and finding frienship.
School Library Journal

Beeke's watercolors are the main attraction here, and they are well worh the price of admission.
Publishers Weekly

A gentle yet spirited story, and an ideal entry in that slender genre, the lap-sitting musical-kazoo tale.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

About the Author

Tiphanie Beeke has illustrated many books for children including Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss. She lives in Strasbourg, France.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (February 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618428542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618428540
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Amy Sklansky's love affair with books began long before she could read, continued through the "reading under the covers with a flashlight" years, then found a career outlet at HarperCollins Children's Books in New York City and Studio Goodwin Sturges in Boston. After editing for several years, Amy began writing her own books.

Amy's first book, From the Doghouse: Poems to Chew On, explores the canine world with 25 poems told from a dog's point of view. It was praised by School Library Journal for its "easy rhymes and bouncy rhythm."

Her second book, Skeleton Bones and Goblin Groans: Poems for Halloween, celebrates the spooky and silly aspects of Halloween. This poetry collection was called "engaging" by School Library Journal and "a treat" by Kirkus.

Amy's first nonfiction picture book, Where Do Chicks Come From? (illustrated by Pam Paparone), introduces the development of a chick. Booklist wrote: "neither flowery nor clinical, Sklansky's straight- forward presentation hits just the right tone for young children who will find details of life inside the egg fascinating."

Amy's fourth book, My Daddy and Me (illustrated by Ard Hoyt), is a universal story of love between father and child. "Forget the tie and the 'No. 1 Dad' mug," wrote The Florida Times-Union. "[The book] is a sweet but not cloying story that makes a great Father's Day gift."

Amy's fifth book, The Duck Who Played the Kazoo (illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke), tells the story of a lonely, kazoo-playing duck on a quest for joy and companionship. Booklist noted its "rhyming couplets, punctuated with an onomatopoeic kazoo-blast refrain" and "graceful, lulling rhythms."

Her first original board book, You Are My Little Cupcake, celebrates the sweetness of babies with scrumptious illustrations by Talitha Shipman. This delicious title hit #1 on the St. Louis Independent Bookstores Bestseller List and was featured in Scholastic's Parent & Child Magazine.

Amy's latest book, Out of This World: Poems and Facts about Space (illustrated by Stacey Schuett), features poems about planets, stars, moon landings, satellites and more. Each poem is accompanied by an informative factual exploration of the poem's subject matter. Publishers Weekly called it "an evocative mix of the whimsical and the scientific."

Amy lives with her husband and two children in St. Louis, Missouri.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I just loved the combination of watercolor pictures, and flowing text in this surprisingly exciting story about a kazoo-playing duck. The kazoo thing is not as gimmicky as you may think. The kazoo sound provides the last line of many of the stanzas, and this toddlers will love the repetition as well as the slightly silly sound:

THere once was a duck who played the kazoo.
He played:
"La ditty, da ditty
zu zu."

THe duck paddlepeacefully on his "home" lake, but a hurricane blew ("his only companion the shiny kazoo") and he's stuck on an islet. THis bird has his wings though, and he -- with kazoo -- flies to a more distant lake, an unfamiliar lake with unfamiliar ducks. However, his bright kazoo playing and winning personality quickly gain him acceptance, and all the ducks float down the river together (sometimes using a turtle or alligator to help!~), and have dinner ("Bottoms up./TIme to sup./Zu zu").

Sitting around a comfy campfire, our duck invites his new friends to his own "lake so blue," and, after gathering their few possessions (bathing trunks, a life saver, hats, and purses!), they follow him home where--what else--they happily hear concerto in kazoo.

This is a fun, imaginative book that takes you and your toddler on a fun trip on top of the lakes and through the skies. The "message" about making new friends is very subtle; the focus is on the story. Hats way off for the multi-colored watercolor illustrations byTiphanie Beeke--they're gorgeous, and she makes superb use of a wide range of colors. FOr a fairly small book, the pictures really make a big impression. Not only is the color mix inspired (and the varying perspectives), but Ms. Beek's layered style looks somewhat richer than typical watercolors, yet lighter than gouache.

An exceptional little book, and a good excuse (as if you need one) to get out and kazoo!
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By Gail Edgar on October 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a catchy, reader/listener children's book full of fun. Children can interact with the reader. I give it top marks!
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By Jewelmule on October 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book as a gift for my nephew. It's in very good condition and I look forwrd to giving it at Christmaa.
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By Enlightened on January 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We love the story and the illustrations. I read it to my 4 and 6 year old and both of them love it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Nana on April 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Amy Sklansky was in Chattanooga at our local bookstore during the Saturday featured writer/storytime. What a delight! I brought my two grandchildren books and we listened to the author read and merrily played along with her on our kazoos. Ms Sklansky gave us one for her reading. I bought books for my grandchildren and 5 to give as gifts. The children liked the rhyme of the story and so did I! I give her latest book 5 well deserved stars! Any new Sklansky books in the future?
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