Quacks Like a Duck (Hardcover)

Quacks Like a Duck By Stephanie Campisi, Maria Lebedeva (Illustrator) Cover Image

Quacks Like a Duck (Hardcover)


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Petunia the platypus heads to her first party since arriving from Australia. She has the present, a party hat, and a pavlova, but it’s a costume party and she doesn’t have a costume! Everyone asks what she’s supposed to be: “Are you a duck?” “Do you have webbed feet?” “Can you lay eggs?” Even without a costume, Petunia stands out, and all of the other party guests give her a full-on identity crisis! Will she, with her weird quirks, ever fit in?

For anyone who has ever felt out of place—from moving to a new country to moving to a new school—Quacks Like a Duck is a charming tale of acceptance and individuality that will have you laughing and embracing your own quirks and differences with pride.
Stephanie Campisi is an Australian author living in the US. Her picture books to date include the Kirkus-starred Ugly Dumpling, Luis and Tabitha, Very Lulu, and Five Sisters. Quacks Like a Duck is her fifth book, and it combines two of her very favorite Aussie things: platypuses and pavlovas.
Product Details ISBN: 9781641707299
ISBN-10: 1641707291
Publisher: Familius
Publication Date: October 11th, 2022
Pages: 32
Language: English

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Petunia the platypus, a recent emigrant from Australia, complete with a present, a party hat, and a pavlova, is excited for her first neighborhood shindig until she realizes that it’s a costume party and she’s the only one not dressed up. What’s worse, no one in the neighborhood recognizes what a platypus is. Instead, they insist she must be a duck or a beaver or an otter based on various parts of her anatomy. (Tough party, right?) Thankfully, when a duck, a beaver, and an otter arrive, stacked on top of each other, wearing an oversize coat, and announce that they are dressed as a platypus, the neighbors finally understand, and Petunia regains the confidence needed to declare that she’s not a label, she’s just her. Readers will love this delightfully odd tale, and storytellers will have a blast reading it aloud in storytimes. The artwork has a fresh vibe, and the characters pop from the white space of the page, making this a winning choice to share with large groups. Discussion leaders may find this a useful tool in helping younger children understand the value of not jumping to conclusions based on limited facts. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

A positively peachy tale. (Picture book. 6-8)

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