Where Are You, Little Zack?

J. R. Enderle, Author, Stephanie G. Tessler, Author, Judith R. Enderle, Author
J. R. Enderle, Author, Stephanie G. Tessler, Author, Judith R. Enderle, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $14.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-395-73092-8
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Floca's (Poppy; The Voyager's Stone) sprightly ink and watercolor art is the most innovative feature of a caper that meshes elements of counting, cumulative and search-and-find stories. After taking ""the number 1 train on track number 2"" to Grand Central Station, three country mallards realize that their youngest brother is missing. Accompanied by a growing entourage (""4 frantic commuters, 5 friendly taxi drivers,"" etc.), the trio takes a whirlwind tour of New York City searching for their elusive sibling, whom youngsters can spot-usually with little effort-on just about every spread: in each appearance he's pursuing a different fish. Giving a welcome, quirky twist to the story's counting component, the authors finally have 80,000 fans from a baseball game join the ducks' search party (too bad that Yankee Stadium seats only about 58,000). Floca provides a fun introduction to New York City landmarks with his busy, highly populated full-spread cartoons, and all will giggle at his comical images chronicling the mischievous antics of this web-footed brood: Zack pops out from a snack bar cooler and startles passersby by peering out of a manhole cover; one of his brothers perches on an art gallery display case, boldly imitating the stance of a Degas-like sculpture of a dancer. Readers can count on a ducky little escapade. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
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