The Odd Egg

The Odd Egg

Book - 2009
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Duck is trying to hatch the oddest egg of all.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781416968726
1416968725
Branch Call Number: Ju E Gra

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LibrLdyMapleValley Jan 23, 2015

"All the birds had an egg. All except for Duck." Duck knows this because he's peering under his dramatically raised leg at the empty spot where he thinks his egg should be. But Duck isn't one to let small obstacles stop him from reaching his goals! He goes out and finds an egg, a really good egg. The world's best egg! An egg that's bigger than he is and covered in green polka dots. He's very pleased with his egg but the other birds think he's nuts and even make fun of him. But Duck just waits patiently (and knits a lot) while the other eggs hatch one after the other. Finally the big day comes and "CREAK, CRACK... SNAP!" out comes Duck's new baby... alligator. Yikes! Duck and his new baby love each other very much and the last picture is of the alligator following his "mama" wearing lovely knitted booties and a scarf. Happy families come in all styles!
Emily Gravett has written and illustrated several unique books for children. The Odd Egg has gentle colors and simple drawings that are reminiscent of her earlier title Orange Pear Apple Bear which also includes the same wonderful sense of humor. Her work is a treat for children and adults.

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mombrarian
Feb 20, 2013

Delightful picture book - kids will be surprised at just what is inside the odd egg!

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Mum_of_2
Oct 15, 2010

I loved this book.

quagga Nov 19, 2009

As in Emily Gravett's other picture books (Wolves; Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears etc.) there is much for adults to appreciate along with children. In The Odd Egg, Duck is the only bird without an egg, but he solves that problem by finding one. (I assume that Duck is male because of his colouring; he's either a mallard or a khaki campbell.) I love Gravett's sense of humour. Duck holds one leg high while peering under his body, searching for an absent egg. Owl studies 'The Bright Baby Book' while sitting on her egg and the owlet hatches while spouting mathematics. The young parrot's first words as he hatches are "I'm a pretty boy!" - as the parent parrot holds up a mirror. There is a playful surprise at the end, when Duck's giant egg hatches, and then the action continues across the end flaps and even onto the back cover, with one final "Quack!" Ages 3 - 6. (And adults too.)

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6semkereaders
Dec 22, 2015

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red_goldfinch_8 Jul 01, 2012

red_goldfinch_8 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 7

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