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The Cow That Laid an Eggby Andy Cutbill and Russell Ayto
An absurdly charming barnyard tale about a cow named Marjorie who lays an egg, this book is Dada for kindergartners. With punk-rock-inspired illustrations by Russell Ayto, this off-beat story reminds us all to lighten up.
Synopses & Reviews
Marjorie is an insecure cow who wishes she had some special talent. She can't ride a bicycle or do handstands like the other cows. Then one morning (thanks to a bunch of scheming chickens and a paintbrush), Marjorie is astonished to discover something extraordinary: shes laid an egg!
"In this barnyard trifle, Marjorie the cow feels low because she 'can't ride bicycles and do handstands like the other cows.' Her pals the chickens put their heads together, and a miracle occurs. The Holstein finds a small black-and-white spotted egg in her stall and proudly takes credit for it. Paparazzi flock to the farm, yet Marjorie's fellow heifers suspect the 'crafty chickens.' Readers have reason to believe the cows when 'a small, brown, feathery bundle' emerges — that is, until the hatchling says, 'Moooo!' Cutbill (the Albie books) provides a silly surprise with this punch line, the high point in a studiously whimsical book. Ayto (The Witch's Children), working in pen-and-ink and watercolor with paper collage to match Cutbill's determined nuttiness, depicts Marjorie as a doting, bipedal type, with heavy lashes surrounding her doleful blue eyes and a flower tucked behind her ear. A few spreads show panache, as in a view of the chickens in their stacked roosts that looks like a spread of comic-book panels, but there's not much to pull kids back for seconds after the single joke has been delivered. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Cutbill's writing is spare and amusing, and Ayto's goofy, mixed-media collages are a perfect match." School Library Journal
"This is a great comic take on the Ugly Duckling tale, with double-page spreads in ink, watercolor, and pencil showing comical farm creatures and humans, who are every bit as ridiculous as the animals. The fun is in the details." Booklist
"The blend of restrained storytelling, which treats bike-riding cows as conceivable, and the extravagantly bold, outlandish cartoon-and-collage illustrations, creates a merry farmstead farce that will tickle young audiences." Kirkus Reviews
Marjorie the cow wishes she had a special talent. One morning, thanks to a bunch of scheming chickens, Marjorie discovers that she's laid an egg. But does the baby inside the egg belong to Marjorie? Emotions soon run high in this hilarious farmyard tale. Full color.
About the Author
Andy Cutbill created and developed Albie, an award-winning British animated television show for children. Prior to his successful show, he spent several years writing television commercials. Andy now works as a creative director at a design and animation agency. He lives in London with his wife, son, daughter, and dog.
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