The Duck & the Kangaroo

The Duck & the Kangaroo

By Edward Lear; Jane Wattenberg (Illustrator)

Greenwillow Books, Hardcover, 9780061366833, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 2009


Meet Duck.

Duck has a yen for travel and adventure. Duck also has some very wet, cold feet and a gift for loyalty and compromise.

Meet Kangaroo.

Kangaroo has been around the world and back, and is looking for a little bit of luck.

Or a duck.

When Duck and Kangaroo meet, it's a match made in . . . heaven.

Ah, love--ain't it grand?

And who so happy, --O who, As the Duck and the Kangaroo?

About the Author
Edward Lear (1812 88) was an English artist, writer, and illustrator known for his works of literary nonsense, in both poetry and prose.

Jane Wattenberg is the San Francisco author/illustrator of many photocollage books for children. AKA Mrs. Mustard, she is the author and photo-illustrator of the best-selling accordion-style baby board books, Mrs. Mustard's Baby Faces and Mrs. Mustard's Beastly Babies, the award-winning Henny-Penny and the re-telling of Aesop's fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, transformed here into Never Cry Wolf! She and Edward Lear collaborated on the photo-illustrated version of The Duck and the Kangaroo. Jane lives on a mini-farm in the middle of San Francisco with her husband, and their goats, bees, chickens and ducks.

Praise For The Duck & the Kangaroo

“Masterful…Wattenberg’s quirky photo collages are perfectly suited for Lear’s nonsensical text.”

“Top marks for visual exuberance; this is the first separate edition of the verses available in this country in decades.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“This title’s delightfully silly verse, paired perfectly with elaborate pictures to scrutinize, should not be missed.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)