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Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack: A Typing Adventure (Farmer Brown's Barnyard Tales)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  792 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack is now available as a board book that includes a typewriter keyboard soundpad. While reading the book, kids can press the appropriate letters to discover various sounds as Farmer Brown's mischievous tenants lead them through the alphabet. From "ducks dashing" to "watermelons waiting," this interactive take on a best-selling classic is both educ ...more
Novelty Book, 14 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by Little Simon (first published September 27th 2005)
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Nancy Kotkin
Text: 3 stars
Illustrations: 4 stars

Alphabet picture book that tells a story about farm animals going on a picnic. Has 2 words for each letter, except V, X, and Z (which each have only one word). Story is a little slight in this one. Illustrations add humor. Part of Doreen Cronin's farm animal series that also includes Click Clack Moo.
Adriana Brown
Ducks are dashing, eggs are emptying, sheep are sleeping and all the animals are speeding in this alphabetical adventure. The book is a fun way for children to learn the alphabet and words that begin with each letter. It's also a good book to use with children while they are learning how to sound out words. The play on words not only follow the alphabet, but also tell a story. In the beginning of the book it says, "Animals awake beneath blue blankets, clickety-clack!" The illustrations help the ...more
Caitlin Olson
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: el230
I liked this book a lot. It was really cute how it was not a traditional abc book. It made it more unique and interesting. I think that this could be used in the classroom for introducing animals. It could also be a fun prediction lesson where they would guess what was going to happen next and in the end they would be learning to predict.
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: alpabet and picnic requests
A simple alphabet book where the farm animals go to a picnic. Worked well with toddlers. 6/27/12

Used again in Lap Time. 7/24/13

Used in PJ Story time and went over well, it seemed a bit long for lap time, need to see if I can find something better for babies... 7/14/15

First book picked in PJ and had some older toddlers in Lap Time so went over well.
Lindsay Rogers
Great for teaching young ones the alphabet - so much more fun then when I was a kid!
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Nathan Cunningham
My one-year-old picked this book as a reward from our library's summer reading program. This is a fairly standard alphabet book, but what I like about it is it has a basic story to follow throughout. Wondering what the duck was up to kept me turning pages and laughing with my son.
Nereida Garcia
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alphabet
I did not realize how many books Doreen Cronin had written and how useful they were. this would be perfect for younger students. They would get to hear a good book while learning their alphabet.
Title: Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack: An Alphabetical Adventure
Author: Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
Genre: Alphabet Book
Theme(s): Alphabet, Farm, Animals, Verbs
Opening line/sentence:
Animals awake
beneath blue blankets.
Brief Book Summary:
A duck races around a farm as he encounters different animals doing different things that correspond to the alphabet. Filled with lively alliterations and fun illustrations, this books keeps a reader alert to the sounds of the letters in the alphabet.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pk-5
Title: Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack: an Alphabetical Adventure
Author: Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Betsy Lewin
Genre: Concept Book-Alphabet Book
Theme(s): Alphabet, Barnyard Animals, Picnics
Opening line/sentence: “a animals awake; b beneath blue blankets; c clickity-clack”
Brief Book Summary: In this book Farmer Brown’s animals are at it again. Leaving clues and planning a picnic; all the while using the alphabet the bolster the plot. Each step of the way a lower case letter begins each the next step
Chelsie Morrison
Simply put, I expected more from Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack. I was draw to this book because of its fun and engaging (very alliterative!) title. The title, however, was one of the only things I found interesting about it.

Doreen Cronin writes Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack as an alphabetical children's book to help with learning letters and sounds. It appears that there was a story line to follow, but I never seemed to be able to pick up on it. I feel like the book was very unorganized and not w
Holly Smith
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abc-book
In this book we see characters that children can be familiar with if they have read "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that type" by the same author Doreen Cronin. In this book students go through the alphabet a through z with different animals and actions going on about the farm. Animals being awake to the "ZZZ" of the animals going back to sleep this book comes full circle by the end while using the alphabet. The illustrations in this book are in a cartoon style but cute and familiar if students have re ...more
Rachel Hancock
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abc
"Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack" was written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin. This ABC book is both entertaining and enjoyable to read. Intended for young readers (ages 2-5), this book could be used to help learn the alphabet. The book highlights each letter of the alphabet and uses personification and alliteration to help reiterate each letter. It tells the story of farm animals waking up, getting ready, and then going to a picnic.

I really enjoyed the book's illustrations and thin
Lexie Haarsma
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The point of "Click Clack, Quackity-Quack" is to reiterate the alphabet to young children. It teaches the sounds of different letters through the story of farm animals waking up and planning their picnic. I would see this story as being ideal for a child who already knows the essentials of the alphabet, but may need just some more practicing in the actual sounds. Perhaps a kindergartner or even early first grader. The illustrations of this story are very cartoon like, but simple which I like. It ...more
Courtney Miles
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
First of all, I loved this book! I found it very entertaining to read, especially since I was reading it to a three year old when I first read it. The author uses each letter of the alphabet to tell a silly story of animals on a farm going to a picnic. We see kittens leaping, ducks typing, and hens helping throughout the entire story.
The illustrations throughout the whole piece are very simple cartoons, but work great for this story. The pictures aren't too much that they take away from the pie
Olivia Welch
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There isn't really a story line to this book, it is mostly consisting of letters and a type of animal that begins with each letter. The illustrations are really fun and goofy and give the animals a real sense of humor. They are all full of color and children can't wait to turn the page and see what animal is going to be next and what they are going to be doing!
Michelle McBeth
SUMMARY: The animals on Farmer Brown's farm are busy again. For each letter of the alphabet, an animal is preparing for a picnic. G is for goats grooming, W is for watermelons waiting. The animals have their picnic, but are completely worn out and end with Y is for yawns yawning and Z is for zzzzzz.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations are not as clean in this click clack book. Some of the pictures are muddy and some do not have enough detail to clearly show what is happening on the page.

CLICK, CLACK, QUACKITY-QUACK is ABC, picture story book written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin. It is an alphabetical adventure which stars with Animal Awake and finishes with Yawns Yawning and ZZzzzZZZzzz.
In each page we can find an animal doing something which starts with the same letter of the animal.

It is an easy book and children can learn a lot with it, because they are familiar with the animals. So they will understand the story without difficulty. With each sentence we
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abc-books
If you are looking for a cute and creative way to explore the alphabet with a younger learner, this book will do more than a great job. The bright illustrations of farm animals putting on a picnic performance, instigated by the delightful ducks (with help from the typing cows of course), draws in the reader. The story line is quite creative for an ABC’s style work because the reader is able to associate more to the letters and their matching words when they understand how it all comes together. ...more
Ashley Barna
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abc
Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack written by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, takes you on an adventure through a farm using each letter from the alphabet along the way. This is not your ordinary alphabet book, and that is what makes this book so much fun to read. The book begins with the Animals waking, Ducks dashing, and Goats grooming. The authors did an excellent job making a story that was fun and easy to follow along.

The illustrations that go along with this book make it that much more fun and e
Courtney Turpen
Click. Clack, Quackity-Quack was a book that used different letters of the alphabet and made phrases of two words starting with that letter. I felt this whole book was a little un-organized. It didn't really have a story line. While I was reading I found it easy to get off task and let my mind wander elsewhere. I definitely don't think kids would want to pay attention. The book becomes redundant and does not flow well at all. I would not read this to children if I was not doing a lesson on phone ...more
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tled-642
Summary:This book is an alphabetical adventure! As a child learns its ABCs, it can also follow along a story line -beginning with A for animals, beneath blue blankets, all the way to yawns yawning and ZZzzzzzs for snoring. Various kinds of animals race to reach the watermelons waiting for them at the perfect picnic spot!
Curriculum Connection:Phonics, alphabet, and primary/secondary color recognition.
Reaction:I really liked this alphabet book. I thought it had great illustrations and instead of
Katelan Mccullum
Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack is a fun and entertaining book for young children. Cronin brings the letters of the alphabet to life in a colorful and engaging way. This would be an excellent book for students who are just learning the alphabet; so preschool and kindergarten would be the ideal age group. I love that Cronin uses personification and alliteration to create a story in which every word flows nicely off your tongue. For example, "click, clack, quackity-quack." This book keeps the reader' ...more
Sep 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abc
I thoroughly enjoyed this ABC picture book, “Click, Clack, Quackity- Quack,” by Doreen Cronin. This picture book truly takes the reader through an ABC adventure. The story is written in a fun way, containing personifications and alliterations, such as “jumpity- jump.” Personally, I would read this book to pre-schoolers or kindergarteners. I feel this picture book would be fun for a child to read, because they can see what all the farm animals are doing on farmer, Brown's farm. I like how the let ...more
Madeline Coyne
In this adorable picture book type ABC pattern, Click Clack Quackity- Quack, helps kids learn the alphabet. In this book the pictures are very well illustrated with bright colors as to tell what the animals are. This book brings in the readers attention with its usage of animals. All the animals get up and go on a picnic using the letters of the alphabet to explain their journey. With each letter the words corresponding with that letter all begin with that letter. An example " S sheep sleeping. ...more
Jessica Hughes
ABC: I wasn't particularly impressed with this story about Farmer Brown's farm animals going to a picnic, even though it can certainly help teach young children the alphabet. The plot of the story didn't flow well because all of the components of the story seemed unrelated and mismatched. It felt like the author was just trying to find words to match the alphabet theme without paying enough attention to how the actual story played out. For example, the animals sometimes seem to be doing random a ...more
Paired this with a nonfiction book about ducks. Found the story worked best for me if I read it all the way through, like a regular story, went back and had the kids figure out what was going on (what did they type? why are the animals getting so excited?). Lived being able to zoom in on small details with doc camera--the expressions on the inchworms' faces were hilarious--when avoiding dashing duck and when yawning. Went back a 3rd time and used the letters to have the students tell me letter n ...more
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book, abc
Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack, by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, is a book to help children with the alphabet. It uses animals and animal sounds for each letter, which is a smart idea because those are things that most children are very familiar with. For the most part I liked this book. I like that before each sentence the letter is shown, so kids can start relating the way the letter looks on paper and sounds when they say it. I love the illustrations because they are colorful and some of them ...more
Oct 15, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
I really didn’t like this book, I felt like it was just thrown together in order to write a book, and Hey let’s add alphabets that way people will think it’s educational. It was absolute rubbish.

I prefer my alphabet books to actually be matched up with objects or real words, not just T- tippity – toe or N- nibbling nibbles.

The only thing I found at all entertaining about this book was the illustrations of the kittens on the page with K, L as they reminded me of my own cats with their mannerism
Laura Mincey
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE Doreen Cronin's series about Farmer Brown and his farm animals. This would be a great book out of this series to share with Pre-K and/or Kindergarten students who are learning the alphabet, as well as what each sound in the alphabet makes. The book takes each letter and names a character or situation on the farm that starts with each particular letter. For example, "S is for Sheep Sleeping." Each description has an illustration next to it, so the young reader can see what pictures are mak ...more
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Doreen Cronin was a practicing attorney in Manhattan when her first book Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type became a publishing success. But her book was not published overnight, in fact, she had written this barnyard tale even before attending law school but only received rejection letters from publishers. Five years after submitting the original manuscript she got a call from a publisher who want ...more
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