Thursday, October 7, 2010

Book Review: Quackenstein Hatches a Family

Title: Quackenstein Hatches a Family
By: Sudipta Bardham-Quallen
Illustrated by: Brian T. Jones
Published by: Abrams Books for Young Readers  Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8109-8973-3
Price: 15.95
Ages: 4-8
Rating: 5 stars (1-5)
Reviewed by: Virginia S. Grenier

Synopsis: 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 ramshackled corner, he decides to adopt an egg.

On a dark and stormy night, the egg hatches, Quackenstein cackles, and lighting strikes, but wait-what’s this? That baby’s not a duck! What will Quackenstein do? Where can he hide? And will he ever find someone (or something) to cuddle?

Join Quackenstein on his madcap romp through the habitats of otters, herons, hares, and more as he races through the zoo after a dark in this funny and sweet family tale.

Overall thoughts: At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to get my five year old to sit down and read the book with me. She looked right at the cover and said, “I don’t want to read that scary book.” The funny thing is . . . the book cover isn’t really all that scary (at least to this mother of three). However, I did finally get her to agree to read the book with me and her sister. At first, she still didn’t know if she really like the story, but in the end . . . my five year old was asking me to read it again.

Quackenstein Hatches a Family is a great book to read on a cold night in front of the fireplace or even as a fun, somewhat scary story for Halloween. The illustrations cater to a child’s imagination of scary things lurking around corners, however, the ending is light, funny and one you won’t expect.

With the mild frights, laugh-out-loud parody of a classic horror story, This charming rhyming picture book will be one you and your child(ren) will want to read again and again.


1 comment:

  1. I am surprised you didn't comment on the adoption theme. What seems most scary to me, based on the review and not having read the book yet, is that the parent rejects the child as ugly & scary. Did your children react to that? Did they find it scarier or somehow comforting/theraputic to name and conquer that fear? All questions I am pursuing. Thanks for the review!



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