Quack Along with Zack, Mack, and Jack

Children - Picture Book
34 Pages
Reviewed on 09/09/2023
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Author Biography

Growing up on a farm, Jane Francis took care of many animals. Of course , they had names and were like friends. She hopes her young readers find joy in watching and learning about animals and nature as they grow up. When Jane is not writing, she is tutoring students in reading and math. She lives with her husband and four cats. They are all backyard bird watchers.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite

Zach, Mack, and Jack are mallard ducks that live on Farmer Hobbletick’s farm. Jane Francis shares their adventure in Quack Along with Zack, Mack, and Jack. This is a fun book to read with a heartwarming story. As your child enjoys the tale, they will be thrilled by the adventure of the day. The three mallards are joined in the pond by two ruddy ducks. First, the mallards have to decide if they will be friends with the new ducks or chase them away. The mallards decide the ruddy ducks are safe and they become friends. Lurking at the shore of the pond is a fox and the smaller ruddy duck is stuck in the weeds. Will the fox eat the unfortunate duck? The mallards and the ruddy ducks unite against the danger. See what happens when friends stick together even against a larger bully.

Ducks love to quack and so will your children as they follow Quack Along with Zack, Mack, and Jack. Jane Francis intends that children quack aloud as they read the book or have the book read to them. It won’t take much prodding for a parent to have their children join in the quacking. Jane’s style of writing is designed for younger children yet it teaches some major life lessons using many rhymes. Help your child learn the importance of sharing and making friends. Teach them to be cautious, but remind them that if friends stick together they can overcome any threat. Bullies tend to pick on the lonely and to leave groups alone. There is safety in numbers. This book will hold your child’s attention and make learning fun.

David Korson

Jane Francis shares the enjoyable and exciting adventures of a trio of dabbling mallards in Quack Along with Zack, Mack, and Jack. When Farmer Hobbletick lets the ducks out of their coop, the waterfowl eagerly waddle down to the pond, where they snack on insects and play together. Soon, a couple of ruddy ducks join them, and the mallards happily share the pond with these newcomers. However, a fox arrives just as the smaller ruddy duck gets entangled in thick weeds. This spells trouble for the ducks’ otherwise carefree day. Will these friendly aquatic birds be able to save their new little friend from the imminent danger that the sneaky fox poses?

Who could’ve imagined that a day-in-the-life tale of three ducks could be so delightful? Jane Francis lifts the easy-to-follow storyline with playful onomatopoeia, turning it into a book that is wildly entertaining to read aloud. And I love how every time the mallard ducks would say “quick,” it came out as “quack.” The book’s simple but energetic plot includes just a touch of suspense and ends with a humorous conclusion that surprised me. Capping off a fun story, the final page shares a few educational facts about the waterfowl featured in the story. Colorful and charming full-page illustrations enhance each scene and bring the story to life. Preschoolers and early readers will love Quack Along with Zack, Mack, and Jack, an amusing and upbeat children’s picture book that is sure to brighten your day.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

What could be more fun for three young ducks than a day at the pond? In Jane Francis’s story Quack Along with Zack, Mack, and Jack, the three ducks are thrilled when the farmer lets them out for the day. They have so much fun at the pond, but when another two ducks appear, they’re not sure what to do. They consult among themselves and decide that two more ducks will make the day so much more fun, even though they’re different. All is well until one of the new ducks gets caught in the weeds and a fox appears. Can the ducks band together to scare away the fox and rescue the trapped duck?

Jane Francis’s picture book Quack Along with Zack, Mack, and Jack is a fun read, full of new words for young readers to learn as they improve their reading skills. Children will love all the words relating to sounds. Onomatopoeia is used effectively and with flair as the author incorporates rhyming or similar-sounding sound words like “bubble, blurb, babble” and “splat, splash, splatter.” This is a simple story about friendship and the acceptance of others regardless of any differences, which is always a valuable lesson to learn. There are other things this story teaches, like counting, as readers quack along. The illustrations are bright, bold, and colorful and will help teach children the differences between the various types of ducks. There is also a short information paragraph to discuss these. There is lots of duck fun in this little treasure of a book.