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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  690 ratings  ·  146 reviews
A cat who thinks he’s a duck? He must be Quackers!!

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 hi
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 22nd 2016 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2016)
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Kid Lit Reviews
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, 2016-reviews
Quackers is a terrific story for kindergarten and first grade, where kids might come into contact with differences for the first time. Anyone feeling they do not fit in, might gain insight from Quackers. Adopted kids or foster kids may have split allegiances. Quackers can show them it is okay to belong to two groups—or two families.

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Edward Sullivan
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
If it meows like a duck...
Rebecca Gomez
Oct 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Hmm...there are some flaws in this book that keep me from loving it. One is that it switches tenses suddenly. Another is the story's solution. Quackers thinks he's a duck, but then he meets another cat who helps him learn that he really is a cat. But in the end, the book says he IS a duck AND a cat, because he does duck and at things. Maybe it is simply meant to be a metaphor, but a cat can't be a duck, no matter how much he loves his duck friends. I would have preferred the story to approach th ...more
Polly
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: story-book
Children have to pay attention to the words and not the pictures when reading this book. It's been a great book to teach individuality (what makes us unique) / community (what makes us a group). I highly recommend it and wish Liz Wong has more books for us!
Christina Mallory
Text-To-Self Connection

From my own personal experiences, this book reminds me of a time when I met a new friend at work. My friend was a little bit younger then I was but she was mature for her age and she was genuinely nice to me. I knew that we shared many interest with one another but I was afraid of how my already long-term friends would treat her since she was new in my life. I believe in having fun with all of my friends at one time, I do not like to isolate or pick and choose when I can h
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Jennifer Brown
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute book about being different and still being able to fit in.
Janet
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am through-the-roof in love with this little gem. Quackers is a duck...isn't he? He lives at the pond with all the other ducks, and there are all sorts of reasons why he simply knows he's a duck. One day a cat shows up at the pond and turns everything on its head. QUACKERS strikes such a good balance between heartwarming and funny, and its sweet message comes through in the illustrations, which are just excellent. Five stars.
Bmack
This is a cute book about a cat who thinks he is a duck until he meets a cat who take him to the farm to see the other cats. He likes what he sees but misses the pond and his duck friends so he decides to live in both places and have the best of both worlds so to speak!
Shallowreader VaVeros
Cute.
Allison
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic. Squee!
Christy
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome! I love ducks!
Carmaine
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Duck, Duck, Quackers!

What do ducks and cats have in common? Read Liz Wong’s animated fable Quackers and explore life in a pond and on a farm. If you can relate to a person who does not fit in a crowd, you may understand how this main character feels. If you have ever experienced lack of communication, you may have waddled in this main character’s feet.

Wong’s charming Quackers is a cat who acts like a duck. When he meets a cat, he learns about cats, their habits, and their environment. Explore th
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Annie MacPherson
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute story about making peace with internal dissonance and tensions of identity/self-understanding. I also loved that the text was hand-written with very neat, expressive penmanship, as this is an area I believe children struggle with today: why hand-write at all when you can just type? Unfortunately, although I appreciate and enjoy the thematic sentiments and illustrative design of this book, I couldn't see past the small quirks that make the story implausible, that could cause confusion for ch ...more
Kathryn (Nine Pages)
Review originally published on my blog Nine Pages .

Quackers is a duck, but he doesn’t like many of the same things that the other ducks do. He meets other ducks who tell him that they are cats, and Quackers finds that he has a lot in common with these cats. He enjoys his time with the cats but misses the duck pond, the duck food, and his duck friends. So he finds a way to be both a cat and a duck, to sometimes do cat things and sometimes do duck things. This to me seemed a lesser Not Quite Narw
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Alyssa Christy
The book "Quackers" written and illustrated by Liz Wong is a great book to teach individuality and the importance of being true to who you truly are regardless of what society says you are supposed to be. The story begins with Quackers (a cat) talking about his life as a duck. He had never seen or experienced being a cat and has thought his whole life that he was a duck. Until he meet a cat one day who introduces him to all of the things that they should do as cats. Quackers enjoys them, but mis ...more
Diane
"But, most of all, he's just Quackers, and that makes him completely happy."

A cat named Quackers who has grown up with ducks believes that he is a duck, although communication with the others was sometime a problem and he's not thrilled with the dinner options. Then, one day, he meets a "strange duck" (Mittens) that looks just like him. And they communicate flawlessly. Mittens takes Quackers to his home and Quackers seems to fit in so much better. They are all just like him. But after awhile, he
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Laura West
I really enjoyed Quackers by Liz Wong mainly for its great message. Quackers is a little ginger cat who spent his days living with his friends at the duckpond until he meets Mittens who showed him he feline roots. Quackers realized he really liked doing cat things but he also really liked doing duck things. The book has an important message; its okay to just be yourself, regardless of what people say, think or is expected. The illustrations are very basic and block colored but don't look boring ...more
Brandy Watkins
I thought I would like this book because I could tell that either the cat or the duck would believe they were one or another. I had something similar happen while growing up between ducks and chickens. There are some flaws in this book that keep me from loving it. One is that it switches tenses suddenly. Another is the story's solution. Quackers thinks he's a duck, but then he meets another cat who helps him learn that he really is a cat. But in the end, the book says he IS a duck AND a cat, bec ...more
Ro Menendez
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A playful and funny story about how belonging is more than just a set of physical attributes but also about feelings, companionship, acceptance, and community. Quackers fits perfectly, well almost perfectly, in his duck community, and he believes, despite some physical differences, that he is a duck. When he meets a cat, there are other communities and groups to consider, but Quackers quickly realizes he does not have to fit into one group, that he belongs in many communities. (FYI: I read this ...more
Christy
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A cat who thinks he’s a duck? He must be Quackers!!

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 c
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The Brothers
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ducks, cats
Little Quackers is a little confused about his life as a duck. Things that should be easy for ducks to do just don't come easy for him. But one day he comes across another "duck" like him in the reeds and follows it home. All the things this little "duck" likes to do and eat, Quackers discovers he likes as well. It's then that he learns he's a cat, not a duck. But he doesn't let this fact dissuade him from enjoying both the duck- and the cat-life.

Illustrations are cute.
Heather McC
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Innocent Quackers is a kitty who believes himself to be a duck, though he has trouble communicating and fitting in with his fine feathered family. When Quackers meets a kitten who understands him - they both meow - his eyes are opened to a whole new community that looks just like him. But when Quackers misses his original family, he makes a decision that will warm everyone's heart in this book that shows readers that there are all kinds of families.
Nicola
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
All of us can feel different or out of place sometimes. This is about accepting ourselves, friends, and family in whatever form they come.

Miss 3 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the variety and to look at a mix of new & favourite authors
Carly Casassa
A cat who thinks he is a duck? This is a story about children fitting in, expressing who they are, and accepting of differences of people and things. This is about a cat who lives and does everything a duck does. This teaches children that even if they look different than others they can fit in. Looks should have little to do with who you actually are.
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cat grows up thinking he's a duck. When he finally meets a group of cats, he fits right in!...but then he misses his duck family. So quackers the cat lives comfortably as both a "duck" and a cat. Very sweet! The illustration style is simple but with lush colors, and I always love the message of "you can be both!" when it comes to two things you love, like in Princess in Black.
JennE
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Quakers is a duck." ( But is he?)
A great little story about Quackers that has lived life as a duck until he meets Mittens. Mittens shows Quackers another way of life and Quackers makes a choice as to how to live between two different lifestyles. Lots of themes and hidden message, great book to use with kids. Similar story to Gaston, Quackers was a 2017 Read for the Record book.
Stefanie Burns
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Quackers (a cat) thinks he is a duck until he meets a strange looking duck (a cat). The cat takes Quackers out of the pond to the farm to show Quackers where all the other cats live. Quackers loves it, but starts to miss the ducks. He finds a way to be happy living with both the ducks and cats. Sweet story about acceptance and belonging.
Tori Augustine
This is one of Wong's best stories. The illustrations in this book are delightful they really capture the meaning of the whole story through pictures. Children really love and appreciate this story because of the bigger picture and students can understand and relate to the message. This story shows how everyone and all friends do not have to be the same, everyone can be themselves.
Suzie Bookgirl
This is a lovely story about Quackers the duck who doesn't quite fit in. Quackers eventually finds his own way of being who he is. I love the unspoken message that it is okay to be whoever you are and I love that the reader is left to figure it out for themselves without too much instruction. The illustrations are simple and effective and very cute. This would be a great read-aloud at storytime.
Ana Gutierrez
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully sweet story about growing up in one world where you don't quite fit and then find a new one where you fit purrrrrrrrrrr-fectly but also realizing you don't have to give up the old for the new.
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