Learning to read

Learning to read

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Quick Quack Quentin

By Kes Gray
Illustrated by Jim Field
Published by Hodder

Paperback

Price £6.99
9781444919578

The author and illustrator team of Kes Gray and Jim Field have followed up their witty and humorous take on rhyming words Oi Frog with another picture book which plays around with sounds. What happens when a vowel disappears? Quentin the duck’s quack has lost its ‘A’ and he goes in search of a substitute. Animals from the farm offer him vowels from their names but none of them sound quite right. Then he visits the zoo where most of the animals can’t cope with the names that would result if they made this sacrifice: ‘The APES didn’t want to be PES.’ ‘The CAMELS didn’t want to be CMELS.’ But there is one animal who just might have an ‘A’ to spare… The repetition and pattern in the text support the less experienced reader at the same time as provoking some quacking questions about language.