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Children's LiteratureThis story dedicated "to bullies everywhere" needs for its text only the menacing "Hiss!" of the snake and his satisfied "Hee...Hee..." when he has frightened a bird, a gopher, a possum and her babies. A duck adds "Quack!" as it is swallowed. That is enough, however, to summon a swarm of ducky friends, while the first duck escapes. As the snake is busy watching all the ducks fly away he is suddenly startled by a loud "Quack!" from the bird, who now has his turn to say "Hee...Hee..." The laughs overflow onto the back endpapers (as the "Hiss" did on the front) as the duck delights in finding that turnabout is fair play. Pen-and-ink with gouache create the characters who act out their roles of bully and bullied in framed sequences of comic exaggeration. When the ducks gather the frames become whole pages filled with them and their quacking, gradually diminishing in size as they fly off in formation, leaving the solitary fowl to fill his page with his quack. Satisfying visual fun. 2006, Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin, Ages 3 to 6.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz