Monthly Archives: January 2012

Click, Clack, Quackity Quack: An Alphabetical Adventure


Cronin, Doreen. Click, Clack, Quackity Quack: An Alphabetical Adventure. Illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Atheneum, 2005.  ISBN-13: 978-0689877155


What’s the story?

Animals engaged in various alliterative activities designed to help children learn the alphabet.

Book Review

This installment of the popular “Cows that type” series is an alliterative alphabet book that will delight toddlers and preschool children. The letter C is of course devoted to the “clickety-clack” of the cows typing. There are also “duck dashing,” “eggs emptying,” and “inchworms inching.” There is a bit of a plot, since the animals are all racing to a picnic. At the end they all fall asleep, which is characterized by the letter Z, as in “ZZZZZZZZ.” It’s a quick and fun read which will provide joy to a child learning the alphabet. The illustrations feature highly animated creatures who are mostly engaged in the process of running. There are lots of amusing details to keep a child interested in following the story while learning the letters of the alphabet and new words, as well. Cronin and Lewin won the Caldecott Honor for Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type in 2000. Click, Clack, Quackity Quack is equally entertaining.

Awards and Recognition

Bank Street Best Books of the Year
IRA/CBC Children’s Choices
NAPPA Gold Award Winner

 Other Formats and Versions

Cronin, Doreen. Click Clack ABC Board Book. Little Simon, 2010. 24 pages. Tr. $7.99. ISBN-13: 978-1416991243

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A Classic Revisited: Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China

Young, Ed. Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China. Philomel Library Edition, 1989. 32 pages.  ISBN-13: 978-0-698-11382-4


What’s the story?

Three little girls are left alone at home when an old woman comes by claiming to be their grandmother. She doesn’t look like their beloved Po Po. The three little girls have to find ways to outsmart this wolf.


This version of the familiar tale of the little girl dressed in red who visits her grandmother in the woods has many interesting variations to the beloved story. Instead of one girl, there is a trio of sisters who are at home when the wolf comes to visit disguised as an old woman and claims to be the girls’ grandmother or “Po Po” and asks to be let into the house. Like the more familiar Little Red Riding Hood, these girls are not fooled by the hairy deep voiced woof. The illustrations are a mixture of watercolors and pastel with the techniques of Chinese panel art. This version offers the standard warnings about strangers and using one’s intelligence and powers of observation to recognize danger, but it also adds the element of working together and relying on your familiar to help you to avoid harm. This is a perfect book for children who love the Little Red Riding Hood story and is an excellent way to make them aware of other cultures who share their familiar stories.

Other Awards and Recognition

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards 1990
Caldecott Medal 1990

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