Author/Illustrator: Liz Wong
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books, 2016
Editor: Nancy Siscoe
Book Type: Fiction
Themes: Identity, Fitting In, Friendships, Family
Quackers is a duck.
He knows he is a duck because he lives at the duck pond with all the other ducks.
Synopsis (from Amazon’s website):
Quackers is a duck. Sure, he may have paws and whiskers. And his quacks might sound more like…well, meows, but he lives among ducks, everyone he knows is a duck, and he’s happy.
Then Quackers meets another duck who looks like him (& talks like him, too!)—but he calls himself a cat. So silly!
Quackers loves being among his new friends the cats, but he also misses his duck friends, and so he finds a way to combine the best of both worlds. Part cat, part duck, all Quackers!
Why I Like This Book:
My list of lovelies:
- Opening page – juxtaposition of a cat saying “meow” with the text reading “Quackers is a duck.” You know it’s going to be a good story right from the beginning because that question WHY has popped up along with a billion other questions which the author skillfully navigates.
- Theme – finding your place and that it doesn’t have to be with just Group A or Group B but can be something in-between of your own choosing.
- Art – so adorable and simple. Lovely and perfect for young kids.
- I love the shades of green with muted red barn and blue-green water. The white ducks and orange cat just POP in this spread.
- This spread packs an emotional punch of what it’s like to feel different.
Grab a kid and read this book together at home or use it for story time in a classroom.
This review is part of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.
Disclosure: I received an F&G of this book from the publisher. This review nevertheless reflects my own and honest opinion about the book.