Quack by Phyllis Root – Book Review

Quack by Phyllis RootEven though Arya didn’t like sitting on the Boston Common ducklings, I thought she might like reading a book about ducks.

Quack by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Holly Meade, is a cute book about a mother duck and her baby ducklings.

My baby liked looking at the whimsical pictures and the quick pace of the rhyming text.

The book begins with the mommy duck looking over her ads in the nest. The eggs hatch and the book shows the new ducklings interacting with their world.

The full color illustrations are interesting enough to hold a baby’s attention, but detailed enough to tell a story about the little ducklings. My daughter especially liked any big pictures of the mommy duck with her huge orange beak.

The text is short with less than ten words on each pair of pages. Rhyming prose is used consistently throughout the book, though the meter is awkward on some pages and ruins the quick pace of the book.

Children who are old enough to read on their own will like the simple rhymes. Younger kids will enjoy the natural inclination of adult readers to emphasize the cute rhymes.

Arya liked reading the book and it held her attention the entire time. While there is nothing particularly unique about Quack, I look forward to reading it to my baby next year when she is old enough to identify the ducks at Boston Common.

Phyllis Root is the author of more than forty children’s books. She does not have a personal website, but has a faculty page at Hamline University where she teaches in the MFA program in writing for children and young adults.

Holly Meade has a personal website where she displays her variety of artwork. In addition to illustrating nearly 30 children’s books she sells woodblock prints, cards, and provides contact information about her gallery in Sedgwick, Maine.

Quack costs (including shipping) $5.99 new and $3.99 used from Amazon.