Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Odd Egg - picture book review

The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett. Simon & Schuster.
"All the birds had laid an egg. All except Duck."
"All the birds began their wait. Except for Duck who "found an egg." It wasn't an ordinary egg, it was beautiful. And big! And odd!
The other eggs hatched. Hen''s chicks "cheep," owlet devises a math problem, parrot's baby becomes a "pretty boy" and baby crane "hoot." Duck just waits. And kits booties.
Finally there is a creak and a crack and then a snap. Out pops an alligator which troops behind wearing a new scarf and specially designed booties and gurgling "mama!"
In less than 65 words Gravett has written a fresh new story that will delight just everyone. The illustrations are line drawings on pages cut in various lengths inviting readers to find the clues. Hurrah to a talented artist and art editor for the wonderful addition to our spring picture books!