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Crack open this tale of family and fright, as cute as it is creepy. All the animals in the zoo have friends and family to play with and love. All of them, that is, except Quackenstein. Lonely and bitter in his ramshackle corner, he decides to adopt an egg. He cares for it diligently, waiting until the moment when it will hatch a baby duck of his own.
On a dark and stormy night, the egg hatches, Quackenstein cackles, and lightning strikes, but wait—what’s this? That baby’s not a duck! What will he do? Where can he hide? And will Quackenstein ever find someone (or something) to cuddle? Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen’s clever rhyming text is perfectly paired with cute and spooky art from Brian T. Jones.
"Jones gleefully uses every cliché in the book, from lurid lettering and backgrounds to effective use of silhouettes and shadows. Bardhan-Quallen, too, takes advantage of horror-movie tropes, but she also mixes in some instruction in the form of cumulative nouns for animals. The surprise twist at the end happily resolves Quack’s fatherless state." -Kirkus Reviews
|Product dimensions:||8.70(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 7 Years|
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This author visited the school I worked at last year. I fell in love with her work on spot. She uses a wide range of words that can lead into discussions with your students. On the home front, I love to read this book to my daughter (nearly 2). Her rhymes just flow so nicely off of the tongue. I cannot wait to buy her whole collection.
Synopsis: All the animals in the zoo have friends and family to play with and love. All of them, that is, except Quackenstein. Lonely and bitter in his ramshackled corner, he decides to adopt an egg. On a dark and stormy night, the egg hatches, Quackenstein cackles, and lighting strikes, but wait-what's this? That baby's not a duck! What will Quackenstein do? Where can he hide? And will he ever find someone (or something) to cuddle? Join Quackenstein, on his madcap romp through the habitats of otters, herons, hares, and more, races through the zoo after dark in this funny and sweet family tale. (took out as he and added commas, also took out a before dark) Overall thoughts: At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to get my five year old to sit down and read the book with me. She looked right at the cover and said, "I don't want to read that scary book." The funny thing is . . . the book cover isn't really all that scary (at least to this mother of three). However, I did finally get her to agree to read the book with me and her sister. At first, she still didn't know if she really liked the story, but in the end . . . my five year old was asking me to read it again. (added d to like) Quackenstein Hatches a Family is a great book to read on a cold night in front of the fireplace or even as a fun, somewhat scary story for Halloween. The illustrations cater to a child's imagination of scary things lurking around corners, however, the ending is light, funny and one you won't expect. With the mild frights, laugh-out-loud parody of a classic horror story, this charming (lower-case t in this) rhyming picture book will be one you and your child(ren) will want to read again and again.
I have four children ages 13, 11, and twins that are 7. The book is perfect in length, the graphics are amazing and so lifelike. The story was great for all ages to understand. Great job to all parties involved.