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Old Mr. Mackle Hackle
by Gunnar Madsen

Category: Fiction / General
32 pages; ISBN: 0316734527

Rating: 10/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Christine Louise Hohlbaum


If you are a fan of Dr. Seuss, you will love Gunnar Madsen’s Old Mr. Mackle Hackle. The colorful photos and witty text are reminiscent of my generation of children’s books. Throughout the book, Mr. Madsen’s musicial background is revealed.

Mr. Mackle Hackle has a problem. His hen won’t cackle. Try as he might, the old bird won’t respond the way he wishes. The rhyming text and the excellent illustrations will maintain a three-year-old’s interest while teaching him the rhythm of language and rhyme.

At the end of the story, Mr. Mackle Hackle gets more cackling than he can handle, reinforcing the adage “Be careful what you wish for because you may just get it!” I recommend this book for its musicality and clever word structure. It will surely be your child’s favorite for years to come.

Christine Louise Hohlbaum, official SAHM expert for ClubMom, award-winning American writer and author of Diary of a Mother: Parenting Stories and Other Stuff (2003) and SAHM I Am: Tales of a Stay-at-Home Mom in Europe (2005), lives near Munich, Germany with her husband and two children. Visit her Web site at


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