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The Odd Egg Board book – Illustrated, 4 Feb 2011

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Product details

  • Board book: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Two Hoots; Reprints edition (4 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230750486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230750487
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 0.9 x 14.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're only going to buy one book for your two-year-old, make sure it is Emily Gravett's The Odd Egg. (Daily Telegraph)

Egg stories do not come much better than Emily Gravett's The Odd Egg . . . exquisitely expressive. (The Times)

On no account cheat with this book! The surprise ending will delight again and again. (Guardian)

A charming tale (Observer)

Another triumph for Gravett (Sunday Times)

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Emily Gravett's gorgeous story in an eggcellent board book format!

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Format: Hardcover
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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By Gail Cooke TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
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.

Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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Format: Paperback
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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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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 July 2009
Format: Paperback
If there is one name that constantly jumps out for the Young Adult illustrated books then its Emily Gravett, not only has she given the reader highly original but also beautifully created books but also managed to get her work in the top sellers of the year its been released. She really is a master and the Odd Egg carries on her quirky as well as fun books. Quite short but an absolute dream book that will soon become a firm favourite in the owners household. Great stuff.
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Format: Board book
Storyline -
Duck was the only bird that hadn’t laid an egg so he found one. It had green spots and he loved it. But all the other birds didn’t like his egg. The one day all the other eggs hatched except ducks egg. Duck waited until a crocodile came out and went snap!

Early Years Teachers - This book proved to be an invaluable resource on my teaching placements. This is a great book with a good story line. It is so versatile and can be enjoyed by many ages. It is really easy to engage with as there are so many possible themes in the story which can be explored to a suitable depth dependent on the children's ages.

Themes: easter eggs, celebrations, life cycles and habitats.

Activity ideas:
- Children could do egg decorating for real, on the computer or on paper
- Children could look at different types of eggs there can be
- Children can look at the different ways an egg can be cooked and talk about whether they like the taste of them or not
- Children can learn about the baby animals that come out of eggs
- Children can discuss a time when they had to wait a long time for something to happen e.g. mum having baby

Would recommend to any early years teacher or parent.
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