Quack!

Quack!

by Arthur Yorinks, Adrienne Yorinks, Adrienne Yorinks
     
 
A trip to the moon with the author of a Caldecott Award winning book!

"Quack quack quack quack quack!" That's Quack for "This is a great read-aloud!" This charming and unique book is written in quack—the international language of ducks—by author Arthur Yorinks and illustrated with quilts by textile artist Adrienne Yorinks.

Overview

A trip to the moon with the author of a Caldecott Award winning book!

"Quack quack quack quack quack!" That's Quack for "This is a great read-aloud!" This charming and unique book is written in quack—the international language of ducks—by author Arthur Yorinks and illustrated with quilts by textile artist Adrienne Yorinks.

Quack! tells the story of a young duck who builds a rocket ship and blasts off for a trip to the moon. But as soon as he leaves, his friends start to miss him. Far away in outer space, he misses them, too. How will he ever get home? Why, with a quack-quack here and a quack-quack there, of course.

Children love to imitate animal sounds, and Quack! will quack them up.


About the Author:
Arthur Yorinks is the author of many books for children including the 1987 Caldecott Medal winner Hey, Al!. Adrienne Yorinks has illustrated several books for children with her quilts. Her textile work has been exhibited around the world and has won numerous honors.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
"Written in the International Language of Ducks!" exclaims a blurb on the jacket of this 8" 8" volume-indeed, few words other than "quack" make it into the Yorinkses' (The Alphabet Atlas) invitingly quirky tale. A duck named-naturally-Quack (whose name is set off in a font that resembles hand-lettering) gazes through a telescope: "Quack quack quacked Quack./ Quack quack quack/ quack-the moon!" Fabric collages reveal Quack blasting off into space atop a small rocket. Meanwhile, the hero's animal pals back on earth look mighty lonesome as they quack away, pleading for his return ("Even Mrs. Cow quack quack quack quacked Quack"). The "quack"-heavy text gives pre-readers a rare opportunity to read along while presiding adults will enjoy figuring out the syntax and emphasizing the words accordingly. The deceptive simplicity of the text is mirrored in the art. The fabric collages, stitched from vintage and contemporary fabrics, resemble the sophisticated shading, color blends and childlike charm of '50s illustrations, while deft quilting and embroidery add texture. Fine feathered fun. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
After gazing through his telescope, Quack, the pink duck, decides to fly to the moon to find adventure. He blasts off perched on top of his rocket ship. But his friends, from the raccoons to the crocodiles, miss him. Quack misses them, too. The moon isn't what it's quacked up to be! So Quack parachutes home. Written in the "International Language of Duck," this quirky book can be a challenge or a delight to read aloud. Some phrases like "the moon," "And the crocodiles," and "friends" are in English, but the rest of the book just quacks along. Readers who pay attention to typeface (for example, Quack's name looks hand-lettered) and placement and other visual clues will quack right on through and have young listeners quacking with them. Quilted fabric collages are stitched from funky fifties and sixties fabrics in an eye-catching palette of orange, teal, hot pink, and soft green. A variety of embroidery stitches adds texture and interest. Preschoolers will most enjoy this book with animal "quackers" and milk. Parents may need something stronger. 2003, Abrams, Ages 5 to 6.
— Candice Ransom
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 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.
Kirkus Reviews
Bilingual, in a way, this tale of a duck who rockets to the Moon, then parachutes back when homesickness strikes, is told partly in English, partly in Quack, a one-word duck language. The sense comes not from the words themselves as from the way they're read: "Quack quack quacked Quack. Quack quack quack quack-the moon!" The decision not to use quotation marks was a mistake, but other punctuation, plus changes in type size and placement, do provide helpful cues, and the quilted illustrations, which incorporate a vast array of patterned and textured fabric pieces anchored by expressive lines of stitching, have an artless look that fits the simple plot nicely. A bit more likely to quack up young audiences than Chris Raschka's somewhat more difficult Waffle (2001), this is destined to become an offbeat storytime favorite-especially when paired with Martin Waddell's Farmer Duck, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (1991), or similarly onomatopoetic farmyard tales. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810935488
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.32(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
5 - 6 Years

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