Zack and Quack

Common Sense Media says

Adventure unfolds in cute pop-up book-inspired series.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids see the characters work together to solve problems using their skills and their imagination, which comes to life through the pop-up book. 

Positive messages

Zack and his friends tackle problems in creative ways, and their interactions are good examples of friendship. Quack's impulsiveness sometimes creates more trouble than it solves, but he usually learns a lesson from what happens. 

Positive role models

Zack is thoughtful, exuberant, and up for any challenge, big or small. Kira is level-headed and good under pressure. 

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Zack and Quack is an imaginative preschool series about characters in a pop-up book. Youngsters will love the adventure that awaits the pull of a tab and the turn of a page in the characters' experiences, and that sense of excitement can translate to their own enjoyment of picture books, pop-up or not. The show's unique animation style maintains the pop-up theme with angular characters and two-dimensional accessories that slip into hidden slots on the pages, so there are always surprises to be seen. Even better are the positive examples of friendship and creative problem-solving that accompany the stories. 

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What's the story?

ZACK AND QUACK tells the adventures of 7-year-old Zack and his duck friend, Quack. Each morning they step outside and await the day's adventures, which often take them to far-off places like the big city, Poptropolis. Whether it's tracking an elusive dinosaur or saving their neighbors from a giant gorilla, Zack and Quack can always find some exciting use of their time, and they're never short on big ideas to solve the problems that inevitably arise along the way.

Is it any good?


Never have book characters come to life in quite the same way as do pop-up figures Zack and Quack. They literally step right off the page and into the landscape of their pop-up world, where turning a page drops them in a whole new place and pulling a paper tab could reveal a new friend or present them with a difficult challenge. It's that sense of the unknown that will really appeal to preschoolers. What's more, when it comes to solving problems in their paper world, the characters use tools like glue and paper clips to fashion solutions that are within kids' realm of understanding as well.

Cleverly animated to carry the pop-up theme throughout, Zack and Quack also has the potential to ignite your kids' excitement about adventures that await them in books of all kinds. As these characters find new things to do and see with the turn of each page, so you and your kids can experience the joy of literary adventures with new and favorite books. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what surprises awaited the characters in the story. Were any of them scary? Which ones could happen in the real world? 

  • Zack and Quack prove to be good problem solvers. How important is teamwork to their success? Do they ever disagree on the best way to solve the problem? How do they get past those disagreements?

  • Kids: What are some of your favorite books? If you could write a book, what would your characters look like? What adventures would they have?

TV details

Network:Nick Jr.
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Adventures, Friendship, Great boy role models
TV rating:TV-Y

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