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The Odd Egg [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Emily Gravett
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Book Description

6 Mar 2009
Duck is delighted to find an egg of his own to look after. It's the most beautiful egg in the whole world! But all the other birds think it's very odd indeed – and everyone's in for a BIG surprise when it finally hatches.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Illustrated edition edition (6 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230531350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230531352
  • Product Dimensions: 29.9 x 0.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emily Gravett was born in Brighton. She left school with few qualifications and spent 8 years living on the road (in a variety of vehicles including a truck, caravan and RAF petrol bus called Toby Diesel) before settling back in Brighton and getting a place on the BA(Hons) Illustration course at Brighton University.

Her first picture book WOLVES was published in August 2005 to great acclaim, winning the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and a clutch of other awards it marked the beginning of a stellar career creating extraordinary books for children.

Emily has also won the Best Emerging Illustrator Award at the Booktrust Early Years Awards for MONKEY AND ME and the bronze award in the 6-8 age category at the Nestle Children's Book Prize for LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF FEARS. In 2008 Emily was awarded the rare honour of a second CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF FEARS.

Emily lives in Brighton with her family and their two dogs, Otto and Edith.

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... another triumph for Gravett (The Daily Telegraph, UK)

...will delight again and again (The Guardian, UK)

...great skill and humour (The Scotsman, UK)

...exquisitely expressive (The Times, UK) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Beautifully illustrated and stylishly written, The Odd Egg is an endearing gem of a book that will delight and captivate children --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sure to become a classic. 5 Mar 2008
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, Funny, Simple, Sweet 26 Oct 2008
I don't often write reviews but the whole "duck vs drake" review prodded me into action. This is an excellent book which I and my daughter love. The story is very simple and touching. Even though it is short it has a few great twists -- like the boy duck and the unusual ending -- for those who are smart enough to recognize them. My 3 year old is! Illustrations and sequencing are top notch. Give it a try along with Gravett's others especially Monkey & Me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Odd Egg! 9 Mar 2010
I saw this book in WH Smiths and just had to buy it for the new baby in the family. The pictures are so charming and the story is so sweet with a surprise at the end. Also the book is light enough to post to Australia. I wish this book had been available when my sons were little.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VIVE LA DIFFERENCE ! 18 Feb 2009
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Author/illustrator Emily Gravett has received numerous accolades for her work including the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award for Illustration. She deserves recognition again for The Odd Egg, a smile provoking, cleverly designed story about a duck who very much wanted to lay an egg.

It was that time of year - all the other birds save for Duck had produced an egg. Luckily Duck found one.. For an egg it was quite unusual; the other birds thought it very odd and said it would never hatch. Nonetheless, Duck thought it the most beautiful egg he had ever seen.

Although it took some doing he sat on the egg and even proceeded to do some knitting for the blessed event. The other birds' eggs eventually cracked, the owl's and the chicken's but still nothing for Duck. At last Duck's egg began to creak then crack until out popped a surprise.

Ingeniously cut pages allow youngsters to follow the egg's progress to a humorous finish that will undoubtedly result in laughter as well as questions.


- Gail Cooke
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
At first sight, not really knowing what to assume of the unexpected ending.
I was not sure how politically correct the message was. After reading it a couple of times, it grew on me and started making sense. My sense.
Definetely not just one more book.
My almost two year old got addicted to it. Very clever format. She wanted to hear and see the eggs crack/ hatch one after the other again and again.
You should choose it if you are looking for something original and fun for your child.
I have loved the aestetics of this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book 5 Jan 2012
By Alison
Format:Board book
my 3 1/2 year son loves this book. Great book for bedtime, as it's not too long. he loves looking at what each egg hatches. really recommend this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely illustrations 18 Oct 2011
By CocoDew
Format:Board book
I love Emily Gravett's illustrations and I love the little 'twist' at the end. Both my four year old and nine month old love this book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suitable for all! 17 April 2008
We received this as an Easter present for our daughter - and it made an excellent gift. Although my daughter is only 18 months she loves the pictures and 'naming' the different birds in the story. The middle section with the eggs cracking and the mother's reaction is fantastic.
If you like this I would also recommend 'Monkey and Me' great stories before bed from 14 months onwards I'd say - and then when they can read I think they will enjoy them even more!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
This is such a fun story, another classic from Emily Gravett, we used it as an Easter prompt around Spring/growing.
Published 10 days ago by Doreen Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated
Beautifully illustrated and laid out, with humour and a funny twist at the end. Delighted our child from age 2 and still entertaining at age 5.
Published 3 months ago by Manu
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
What a beautiful book. Where do I start? The illustrations are fabulous. The story is beautiful. This is a book to treasure.
Published 5 months ago by R.G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw this in library again with grandaughter and she loved it,...
As one granddaughter liked it so much, especially the surprise ending, decided to purchase for grandson, who is approximately same age. He adores ending as well.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Christina Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars clever and fun
just brilliant! a must! Bought it when son was 1, still loves to look at it now he is 3! End surprise still draws a laugh.
Published 9 months ago by GTC
5.0 out of 5 stars A new favourite!
My 2 year old daughter got this book out at the library and read it everyday for weeks so when it was time to go back I decided we needed our own! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mm
2.0 out of 5 stars short and sweet
Agree with the reviews I have read already, beautifully drawn and a cute little
story. Book is very short however and the images lack depth. Read more
Published 23 months ago by carcas
1.0 out of 5 stars A little strange
Bought this book for my 4 year old as an alternative to an easter egg. Very strange story but my daughter still loves it.
Published 23 months ago by Doone
5.0 out of 5 stars Very educational!
A beautifully illustrated book showing the many variations in egg size and shape from the tiny Robin's egg through a number of birds to the large flamingo egg. The (male mallard! Read more
Published on 25 April 2010 by S. Helm
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