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Children's Nonfiction General

Have You Ever Seen a Duck in a Raincoat?

by (author) Etta Kaner

illustrated by Jeff Szuc

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2009
General, Zoology, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2009
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2


Have You Ever Seen a Duck in a Raincoat? compares human clothing, footwear and headgear with the equivalent animal adaptations. Have you ever seen a lobster in a helmet? No? That's because lobsters don't need helmets because they have a hard shell to protect their heads and bodies. The animal tic-tac-toe activity at the end of the book will provide hours of educational enjoyment. Each informational picture book in the Have You Ever Seen series uses lighthearted human-animal comparisons to teach primary-level children about animals.

About the authors


ETTA KANER est une ex-enseignante. De nos jours, elle écrit principalement des documentaires pour les enfants et les éducateurs. Plusieurs de ses livres ont été primés; elle a notamment remporté le Silver Birch Award, le Animal Behavior Society Award et le Science in Society Book Award. Etta vit à Toronto, en Ontario.


ETTA KANER writes for both children and educators. A number of her books have won awards, namely, the Silver Birch award, the Animal Behaviour Society award, and the Science in Society book award. Etta lives in Toronto, Ontario.


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Jeff Szuc lives and works in Toronto. He works mostly in acrylics and feels any day he gets to play with paint is a really good day. Jeff has illustrated for Sony Music, CBC Television, Texas Monthly, Vanderbilt Magazine, and many other publications and businesses.

Jeff Szuc's profile page


  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

... the book is as cute and fun as that duck in its bright yellow raincoat

Quill & Quire

Cheery acrylic illustrations play the preposterous game to the hilt.

The Globe and Mail

A great addition to storytime line-ups (for small groups - it's relatively wee) and nonfiction shelves.

Kirkus Reviews

Librarian Reviews

Have You Ever Seen a Duck in a Raincoat? (Have You Ever Seen)

Kaner asks readers if they’ve ever seen six different animals, each wearing a particular item of clothing as a premise to discuss the ways in which animals have adapted to their environments in order to stay dry, keep cool, run fast and more. Acrylic artwork accompanies the text, which includes a game of animal tic-tac-toe.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

Other titles by Etta Kaner

Other titles by Jeff Szuc