Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack: An Alphabetical Adventure

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ABDO, Jan 1, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction
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An assortment of animals gathers for a picnic.

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Review: Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack

User Review  - Meg McGregor - Goodreads

Farmer Brown's ducks are typing again and it is a fun alphabetical journey detailing a delightful day in the country. Wonderful pictures and great text make this book one sure to be read over and over again! Read full review

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User Review  - Katelyn - Goodreads

I thoroughly enjoyed this ABC picture book, “Click, Clack, Quackity- Quack,” by Doreen Cronin. This picture book truly takes the reader through an ABC adventure. The story is written in a fun way ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Doreen Cronin was born in Queens, New york. She grew up in Merrick, Long Island. She attended Pennysylvania State University where she majored in journalism. Eventually she found herself using her journalism background in the world of publishing. and she turned her sights toward law and attended St. john's University School of Law. She went on to work as an attorney in a Manhattan Law firm. She wrote her book Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type in 1995, shortly after the death of her father. It took another five years, however, before the book was published. She stated in her bio that this book was not only her first published book but also the easiest book to write, taking her only about 20 minutes to jot down the story. The book went on to become a Caldecott Honor Book. While the book eventually met with great success, publishers rejected it repeatedly for several years until a publisher eventually called her with the news that it would be published. Her success as a children's author continued with books such as Diary of a Worm published in 2003 and winner of Parent's Choice Award Slver 2003 Picture Book, Diary of a Spider published in 2003 and Rescue Bunnies. She made the 2013 New York Times High Profiles List with her title Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat.

Betsy Lewin grew up in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. She always loved to draw and can't remember ever wanting to be anything but an artist. Her mother (a kindergarten teacher) is responsible for her love of children's books. She read to Betsy and her brother every night: Winnie the Pooh, The Adventures of Babar, Uncle Remus, and all the fairy-tale books. The illustrators Ernest Shepard and A. B. Frost were among her earliest heroes. Later on, when she started illustrating for children, Betsy realized how strongly she'd been influenced by the gentle watercolors of Beatrix Potter and the energetic line and humor of James Stevenson and Quentin Blake.

After graduating from Pratt Institute, where she studied illustration, Betsy took a job as an assistant art director at a greeting-card company in New York, which led to freelance work for several other card companies. Then she began to write and illustrate stories for children's magazines. When an editor at Dodd, Mead & Company asked her to expand one of those stories into a picture book, Betsy says, "I jumped at the chance. I've been doing picture books ever since and loving every moment."

Betsy's art is usually humorous, drawn in pen with watercolor washes, as in Is It Far to Zanzibar? But she also paints in a naturalistic style, as in Walk a Green Path, in which she expresses her love for the natural world through paintings and poetry. Gorilla Walk is her first collaboration with her husband, Ted, and is about their trek to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda. They've just completed their second collaboration, Elephant Quest, set in the Okavango Delta of Botswana.

When not at work on their books, Ted and Betsy love to travel to exotic places around the world gathering material for new books. At home each of them has a studio in their brownstone house in Brooklyn. Besides the usual clutter of pencils and pens, paint tubes and brushes, drawing paper, and, of course, books, they surround themselves with mementos of their travels: peacock feathers from India, Herero dolls from Botswana, galimoto toys from Namibia and Brazil, brass pots from Egypt, postcards and snapshots.

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