My first official title is a touching allegory written in rhyming verse about a little girl who struggles to understand the meaning of life and love. She befriends an unusual duck who unexpectedly changes her life.
Written & Illustrated
by Paul Burton
48 pages (24 spreads), 20 illustrations
Format: Hardcover, Softcover, Digital
Ages: 7 - 99
Reviewed By Gisela Dixon For Readers' Review
Quack! A Fowl Love Story by Paul Burton is one of the most unforgettable and inspiring books I have read in a long time! It is short and simple: children and adults alike will be able to read it, enjoy it, and get something out of it. This is a tale of a very young girl named Elena who is a thinker, and tends to be somewhat over-analytical. One day, she meets a duck with unique looks and personality and soon they become inseparable and the best of friends. However soon after this, Elena’s over-analytical side takes over and she finds herself questioning if they really are true friends and what makes one a true friend. What happens afterwards as she unravels the mystery of life and love is what this book is all about.
Paul Burton has written an outstanding short story in the form of rhymes. Quack! is an allegory of the meaning of life and how life is meant to be lived. It is meant to make each one of us reflect upon what it means to live and love, and to know and understand the only way to truly live. Paul Burton has written Quack! in a simple, poetic way that makes it a joy to read. It reminds me of one of those ancient philosophical books that gives one food for thought, except that Quack! is a much simpler and shorter version of a philosophical book. This is a must-read for everyone and this is one book that I may be reading over and over again.
My philosophy is simple. I believe that stories should have relevance to everyone. My stories are written to provoke thought, even teach. More importantly, I write stories that will engage you on a very personal level.
The concepts and writing in my stories are more complex, but written with a lyricism that will appeal to young adults and adults alike.
What age is this book appropriate for? Probably not toddlers. Maybe not even younglings. Every kid is different, regardless of age. I honestly don't know. You'll have to be the ultimate judge.
Regardless, this story will be a story you will remember when your own kids want mom and dad to read to them.