Emily Gravett is one of those authors that make librarians sigh. We lovvvve the books she writes (seriously, she's one of my favorites), but there are always parents that check out Wolves and come back with complaints about how "tragic" or "terrifying" the ending is. And I can tell that as brilliant as The Odd Egg is, it will be the same story.
That being said, I still think every single librarian and mom should own ALL of Ms. Gravett's books. They are funny, contemporary, utterly sarcastic at times, and just plain brilliant, not to mention THE KIDS LOVE THEM!! As long as the kids love them, that's what counts Just be aware that someone out there will deem you evil, because innocent animals are harmed within the pages of her stories. :)
Now, The Odd Egg, Gravett's latest, is about a poor duck that is without an egg. All of his friends have eggs: Flamingo, Parrot, Chicken...but no egg for Duck. He (yes "he", now you know why there isn't an egg) finds an egg and thinks all of his problems are just solved instantly! It's a big, beautiful, if not a tad bit odd egg, but what does a little oddness matter? Unfortunately, Duck's "friends" still judge him, picking on his choice of an egg, until slowly that egg cracks. Out pops a creature that fixes ALL of Duck's problems.
I really did love this one and it reaffirmed my faith in the ever-fabulous Gravett! It's creative, the half-page flaps are interactive for kids, and I think it would make a fabulous read aloud, bound to get all of your kids cracking up. Definitely a must for your library shelves (and home shelves too)!!
The Odd Egg
Simon & Schuster