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Publisher Comments:

In the beginning, there is an egg. Which may become a baby bird, except if it becomes a baby snake instead. Except if the baby snake is really truly a dinosaur! andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In this young, clever, and whimsical picture book in the spirit of andlt;iandgt;Not a Boxandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;First the Eggandlt;/iandgt;, an egg is not just an egg, but a symbol of the potential a child's imagination holds. As each image melds smoothly, but unexpectedly, into the next, readers are invited to stretch the limits of their imagination.

Review:

"Averbeck (In a Blue Room) explores the idea of expectations in this short, sweet, philosophical speculation. 'An egg is not a baby bird,' he explains, with a picture of a blue egg with a crack in it. 'ut it will become one' (the egg breaks open to reveal a small red head), 'except if it becomes a baby snake,' reads the text as the red head proves to have a forked tongue, after a page turn. Averbeck's simple shapes are outlined in pastel, a coloring-book style nicely suited to the deadpan narration. After venturing as far afield as dinosaurs and fossils, Averbeck circles back around to his starting point with another blue egg, 'which will not necessarily become a baby bird'--the page turn reveals a gangly, pop-eyed chick--'except if it does.' Even very young readers will find they've succeeded in following a rather convoluted piece of reasoning, clause by clause and picture by picture; it's a book in which the action unfolds in the mind as much as it does on the page. Ages 2 — 6. (Jan.) Tildes (The Magic Babushka) strings together familiar and lesser-known Mother Goose rhymes to create an interspecies love story that plays out in her cheery gouache art. As a cat heads to work (in his red cap and overalls, he could have wandered out of a Richard Scarry book), he meets a poodle on the road ('Willy boy, Willy boy, where are you going?/ I will go with you if I may,' she asks). Soon after, he proposes ('Bonnie lass, pretty lass, will you be mine?'), and wedding preparations begin (the guest list reads like a playful who's who of the Mother Goose world). In one of Tildes's cleverer visual twists, a pig wearing chef's garb, previously seen holding the wedding menu, takes to the streets with a shopping basket ('This little piggy went to market'), while other piggies act out the rest of the nursery rhyme, the details tweaked to fit the marital theme. Though the final, abrupt entry feels disconnected from the narrative Tildes has constructed, nursery rhyme fans should appreciate this surprising yet traditional take on some old favorites. Ages 3 — 6. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

About the Author

Jim Averbeck is the author of the critically acclaimed Except If, and won a Charlotte Zolotow Honor for writing his first book, In a Blue Room. He is a member of the Revisionaries writers’ group, and lives with his partner and his dog in San Francisco. He can be found online at JimAverbeck.com and TheRevisionaries.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416995449
Author:
Averbeck, Jim
Publisher:
Atheneum Books
Subject:
Animals - Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
Subject:
Imagination & Play
Subject:
Animals -- Infancy.
Subject:
Eggs
Subject:
Animals - Dinosaurs
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures
Edition Description:
Hardback - Paper Over Boards
Publication Date:
20110131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 1
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c case (spcl fx: spot UV on matte lam)
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
9 x 9 in
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
02-05

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Averbeck (In a Blue Room) explores the idea of expectations in this short, sweet, philosophical speculation. 'An egg is not a baby bird,' he explains, with a picture of a blue egg with a crack in it. 'ut it will become one' (the egg breaks open to reveal a small red head), 'except if it becomes a baby snake,' reads the text as the red head proves to have a forked tongue, after a page turn. Averbeck's simple shapes are outlined in pastel, a coloring-book style nicely suited to the deadpan narration. After venturing as far afield as dinosaurs and fossils, Averbeck circles back around to his starting point with another blue egg, 'which will not necessarily become a baby bird'--the page turn reveals a gangly, pop-eyed chick--'except if it does.' Even very young readers will find they've succeeded in following a rather convoluted piece of reasoning, clause by clause and picture by picture; it's a book in which the action unfolds in the mind as much as it does on the page. Ages 2 — 6. (Jan.) Tildes (The Magic Babushka) strings together familiar and lesser-known Mother Goose rhymes to create an interspecies love story that plays out in her cheery gouache art. As a cat heads to work (in his red cap and overalls, he could have wandered out of a Richard Scarry book), he meets a poodle on the road ('Willy boy, Willy boy, where are you going?/ I will go with you if I may,' she asks). Soon after, he proposes ('Bonnie lass, pretty lass, will you be mine?'), and wedding preparations begin (the guest list reads like a playful who's who of the Mother Goose world). In one of Tildes's cleverer visual twists, a pig wearing chef's garb, previously seen holding the wedding menu, takes to the streets with a shopping basket ('This little piggy went to market'), while other piggies act out the rest of the nursery rhyme, the details tweaked to fit the marital theme. Though the final, abrupt entry feels disconnected from the narrative Tildes has constructed, nursery rhyme fans should appreciate this surprising yet traditional take on some old favorites. Ages 3 — 6. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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