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Quack, quack!
Dupasquier, Philippe.
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Publication Information:
London : Andersen, [2001]

Physical Description:
30 unnumbered pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Newstead Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Frank E. Merriweather Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lancaster Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Noisy quacking from a new neighbor's duck sets off some very bad feelings across the hedge--until Dad finally comes up with a solution. A lesson in neighborliness and tolerance lies at the heart of this very funny picture book.

Author Notes

Philippe Dupasquier was born in Switzerland and studied art in France. His French background and training have influenced his own art form, the high quality comic strip, which is very popular on the Continent and formed the bulk of his reading as a child.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In British author Dupasquier's (A Sunday with Grandpa) tidy little tale, young Vicki's family gets a new next-door neighbor, Mrs. Sparks. When the newcomer brings home a duck and places it in the small pond in her yard, narrator Vicki comments, "It was brilliant." But the girl soon changes her mind as the duck quacks loudly from morning to dusk. Mrs. Sparks exchanges angry words with Vicki's father about the constant noise, and the girl and her younger brother, Ben, speculate that the woman may actually be a witch. The summery pictures turn foreboding as the woman's house takes on a haunted look. Hatching a rather unlikely plan to solve the problem, their father purchases his own duck, and digs a pond in their yard, musing that the quacking clamor will be unbearable and bring the neighbor around to their point of view. Yet not only does the new pet not utter a single quack, the original duck also goes mute. After it becomes clear that the two canards are pining for each other, the neighbors cut down the hedge between their properties and join the two ponds. Dupasquier's amiable cartoon art enhances the comic hyperbole of the story, which ends on a buoyant and predictably loud note. Ages 5-8. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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