This is a cracking book (excuse the pun). It's the gorgeous pencil and watercolour illustrations that tell the story, and the pages inside are different widths, each getting a bit wider to with a format like that of The Hungry Caterpillar. At the beginning, there's a pile of eggs, and on each turn of the page an egg from the pile hatches and the mini version of one of the mother birds emerges. But Duck didn't lay an egg and instead found a great big spotty egg which takes an age to hatch. What will be inside? It's a simple premise, with beautiful pictures, and humour in the pictures - we love the large booties that Duck knits while she waits. There's a fun twist in the tale and even though my children know what's coming after the first read they want to hear the story over and over again. For fans of Gravett's stories which do vary in their target audience, this is a natural step on from the Orange Pear Apple Bear and is simpler than Meerkat Mail for example, both of which I also recommend whole-heartedly.
A smashing Easter present - or a eggscellent choise for any time of year.