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A cat who thinks he’s a duck? He must be Quackers!!
This quirky funny book is about standing out, fitting in, and building a life with room for all.
Quackers is a duck. Sure, he may have paws and whiskers. And his quacks might sound more like...well, meows, but he lives among ducks, everyone he knows is a duck, and he's happy.
Then Quackers meets another duck who looks like him (& talks like him, too!)—but he calls himself a cat. So silly!
Quackers loves being among his new friends the cats, but he also misses his duck friends, and so he finds a way to combine the best of both worlds. Part cat, part duck, all Quackers!
Quackers "knows he is a duck because he lives at the duck pond with all the other ducks." Circumstantial evidence aside, Quackers looks (and sounds) an awful lot like an orange tabby cat. Working in watercolor and digital media, newcomer Wong brings deadpan humor to both her narration and illustrations, which have the feel of cut-paper collages. Wong frames the dialogue and narration in lightly textured panels and speech balloons in a style reminiscent of Peter Brown's Children Make Terrible Pets; one page features neatly labeled rows of duck "dinner options" like slugs, snails, seeds, worms, algae, and duckweed ("Not duckweed again!" protests Quackers below). A chance encounter with a cat named Mittens leads Quackers to an existential reassessment, but Wong doesn't force him to choose: "Quackers is a duck. And Quackers is a cat. But, most of all, he's just Quackers, and that makes him completely happy." While the message about embracing one's individuality is clear, Wong never gets heavy-handed. The ducks' wholesale acceptance of Quackers, an ostensible predator, is one of the book's most charming aspects. Ages 3 7.