Friday, 21 March 2008

Zachary Quack Minimonster

Zachary Quack Minimonster Lynley Dodd, Puffin, 2006, 32 pages, paperback, NZ$14.95
ISBN 0-141-50039-5

With Christmas approaching, books make ideal presents. At the moment there is a particularly fine range of New Zealand children’s picture books, for all ages. Lynley Dodd’s name is always a guarantee of lively verbal fun matched with delightful pictures. Zachary Quack Minimonster follows the impetuous duckling in pursuit of a dragonfly. When Zachary becomes entangled in leaves, petunia flowers and paint, he is transformed into an alarming monster. With its witty verses, this is a wonderful book to share. Young readers will also enjoy studying the pictures and spotting Hairy Maclary and his friends among those fleeing from the monster.

Trevor Agnew

This review appeared in The Press, Christchurch, on 27 January 2007

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