Quackenstein Hatches a Family

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Harry N. Abrams, Oct 1, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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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

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My grandson loved this story. The pictures are fantastic and the story has a great message about family and adoption. As soon as we finished reading Quackenstein, he said, "Again!" The only issue keeping this book from being five stars was some of the older more difficult language. Read full review

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Wonderfully written and adorable story. Enough chill to put a shiver in your spine and enough love to put a warmth into your heart. Read and enjoy. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen visits schools to share her stories, and teaches writing. She lives in New Jersey with her three children. Visit her online at www.sudipta.com.

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.

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