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Publisher Comments:

Each of the birds has an egg...except for Duck. So when Duck finds a beautiful egg of his own he's delighted — even though the other birds make fun of it. But everyone's in for a BIG surprise when his egg finally hatches! andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; The witty text and playful illustrations appear on cleverly designed cut pages that allow the visual jokes to unfold.

Review:

"An odd duck finds an odd egg in Gravett's (Meerkat Mail) economically told story. Envious of a quintet of various mother birds snuggling with their eggs, a male duck wants an ovoid bundle, too. From an undisclosed locale, he adopts a gigantic egg whose green spots match his head feathers. The other birds cackle with amusement; the bookish owl consults an 'Egg Spotters' Guide' and looks askance at Duck's treasure. Gravett arranges the six eggs across a spread in ascending-size order. When each 'creak cracks,' layered, before-and-after specially cut flaplike pages reveal each successive baby greeting its mother with a 'tweet' or a 'honk.' Ultimately only Duck's mystery egg remains. Using visual suspense and few words, Gravett depicts an alligator bursting from the shell, snapping its jaws and scattering the naysayers. There is mild ambiguity — not everyone is shown getting out of its way and feathers do fly — yet the gator seems amiable. A parting view shows it waddling after skinny Duck, saying 'Mama,' wearing a scarf Duck has knitted and booties that resemble a duck's webbed feet. A witty salute to both nature and nurture. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Each of the birds has laid an egg--except for Duck. So when Duck finds a beautiful egg of his own he's delighted--even though the other birds make fun of it. But everyone's in for a big surprise when his egg finally hatches. Full color.

About the Author

Emily Gravett lives in Brighton, England, with her partner, who is a plumber, their daughter, and a dog. The plumber fixes things that leak. Their daughter reads a lot, and the dog spends his time eating small scraps of paper that he finds in the wastepaper basket.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416968726
Author:
Gravett, Emily
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Animals - Birds
Subject:
Family - Alternative Family
Subject:
Birds
Subject:
Ducks
Subject:
Children s humor
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
8.5 x 11 in
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-08

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Product details 32 pages Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - English 9781416968726 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "An odd duck finds an odd egg in Gravett's (Meerkat Mail) economically told story. Envious of a quintet of various mother birds snuggling with their eggs, a male duck wants an ovoid bundle, too. From an undisclosed locale, he adopts a gigantic egg whose green spots match his head feathers. The other birds cackle with amusement; the bookish owl consults an 'Egg Spotters' Guide' and looks askance at Duck's treasure. Gravett arranges the six eggs across a spread in ascending-size order. When each 'creak cracks,' layered, before-and-after specially cut flaplike pages reveal each successive baby greeting its mother with a 'tweet' or a 'honk.' Ultimately only Duck's mystery egg remains. Using visual suspense and few words, Gravett depicts an alligator bursting from the shell, snapping its jaws and scattering the naysayers. There is mild ambiguity — not everyone is shown getting out of its way and feathers do fly — yet the gator seems amiable. A parting view shows it waddling after skinny Duck, saying 'Mama,' wearing a scarf Duck has knitted and booties that resemble a duck's webbed feet. A witty salute to both nature and nurture. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Each of the birds has laid an egg--except for Duck. So when Duck finds a beautiful egg of his own he's delighted--even though the other birds make fun of it. But everyone's in for a big surprise when his egg finally hatches. Full color.
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