QUACK? by Mischa Richter


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QUACK?"" says the duck to his reflection in the water, turning tail up in pursuit when he gets no response. That's the prelude to a more familiar sequence of one-frame encounters--with a frog (QUACK? CROAK), a turkey (QUACK? GOBBLE GOBBLE), a family of pigs (QUACK? OINK OINK OINK OINK), and so on until the dejected (head drooping) duck lands back in his pond: QUACK? again to his reflection. . . but then, QUACK QUACK and more QUACKS from a flock of his own kind coming in for a landing. With a hint of rising action as the animals get wilder and duck-shaped black clouds answer with a thunderous CRASH, it's an unassuming, mildly amusing version of that much repeated, but also much called for picture book quest.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1978
Publisher: Harper & Row