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The duck & the kangaroo, illustrated by Jane Wattenberg

Label
The duck & the kangaroo
Title
The duck & the kangaroo
Statement of responsibility
illustrated by Jane Wattenberg
Title variation
  • Duck and the kangaroo
  • Edward Lear's
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A wholly original tribute to the author of The Owl and the Pussycat, containing inspired collages incorporating images from the nineteenth century including several of Lear's own drawings, Duck overcomes "cold feet" and wins Kangaroo's heart in a story of adoration, acceptance, and adventure
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ K-Gr 6— Lavishly illustrated collages using photographs and painted images by more than 20 world-renowned Naturalists help to bring Lear's nonsense poem to life. Marvelously detailed insects, birds, reptiles, and botanical prints grace the pages in this rhyming tale of the love between a duck and a kangaroo. The mallard, tired of pond life and longing to see the world, begs to be taken for a ride. Kangaroo has only one objection: "'Which is, if you'll let me speak so bold,/Your feet are unpleasantly wet and cold,/And would probably give me the roo-Matiz!' (O my achy bones, that is) said the Kangaroo." So, with Duck wearing a crocheted cloak and worsted socks humorously knitted to fit webbed feet, the two take off on their adventures around the world. The various poses of the photographed kangaroo and duck add to the humor of the preposterous but sweet relationship. And Duck's yellow eyes speak volumes: longing, chagrin, and love for Kangaroo. This title's delightfully silly verse, paired perfectly with elaborate pictures to scrutinize, should not be missed.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI --Maryann H. Owen (Reviewed November 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 11, p95)
  • Images sampled from artists like John James Audubon, Charles Darwin, and Lear himself accompany this classic poem to create an overall visual effect that is far from naturalistic. The duck and kangaroo—which Wattenberg (Never Cry Woof) photographed at the San Francisco Zoo and in Australia, respectively—who have superimposed cartoon eyes, are juxtaposed against a neon backdrop of assorted flora and fauna, creating an explosive, whimsical collage (massive stalks of asparagus appear as marsh grasses, and ink-drawn b&w animals congregate with more photo-real specimens by a shore). When the duck implores, "Please give me a ride on your back!/ ... I would sit quite still, and say nothing but ‘Quack,'/ The whole of the long day through," the kangaroo's sole reservation—the duck's "unpleasantly wet and cold" feet—is solved by a pair of blue "worsted socks." The duo hop around the world, under giant golden grapes, past a backdrop of Technicolor sea cliffs, and through an icy mountain landscape framed with blossoming branches. The groovy assemblage of artistic styles pays fitting homage to the unlikely—but starry-eyed—pair. Ages 2—5. (Oct) --Staff (Reviewed April 27, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 17, p)
  • A lesser-known romantic lyric from the author of "The Owl and the Pussycat" is set to suitably wild photo-collage illustrations. Aching to see what lies beyond "this nasty pond," Duck begs for a ride aboard Kangaroo—answering Kangaroo's objections to Duck's cold, wet feet thusly: "…I have thought over that completely, / And I bought four pairs of worsted socks / Which fit my web-feet neatly. / And to keep out the cold I've bought a cloak, / And every day a cigar I'll smoke, / All to follow my own dear true / Love of a kangaroo!" Off they go "with a hop and a bound, / And they hopped the whole world three times round." Wattenberg endows her animal figures with comically expressive googly eyes and sets the courtship amid riotous multiple layers of exotic flora and fauna Photoshopped from an array of 19th-century Naturalist painters—including Lear himself—along with photos of custom-made duck socks and other silly items. Top marks for visual exuberance; this is the first separate edition of the verses available in this country in decades. (illustrator's notes) (Picture book. 6-9) (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2009)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
326724
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1812-1888
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lear, Edward
Dewey number
821/.8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 6
Reading level
3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Wattenberg, Jane
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ducks
  • Kangaroos
  • Ducks
  • Kangaroos
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The duck & the kangaroo, illustrated by Jane Wattenberg
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
784055
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780061366833
Isbn Type
(trade bdg.)
Lccn
2008024126
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780061366833
  • (OCoLC)247961104
Label
The duck & the kangaroo, illustrated by Jane Wattenberg
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
784055
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780061366833
Isbn Type
(trade bdg.)
Lccn
2008024126
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780061366833
  • (OCoLC)247961104

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