Every now and then it's good to throw a picture book or two into the mix. I often come across some truly delightful ones while doing the holds list at my branch. EGG is one such book.
First the cover got me. Great artwork, in fact, FANTASTIC artwork with lots of colour and a crazed fox(y) character.
Next, the title page is set up like the opening credits to a movie...
Starring VIVIEN VIXEN as FOXY DuBOIS. Introducing EDWARD L'OEUF as EGG.
Recommendations on the back cover are hilarious! "Full of cheep gags!" Farmer's Weekly Hennin Coop; "A cracking success!" Eat Magazine. Oh yeah!
Who could resist?
Although EGG starts off reading like a movie, "Of all the suspicious looking houses in all the deserted woods in all the world, he had to roll up to hers...", it is really a fractured fairy tale.
Foxy DuBois is always kind to strangers, so when a seemingly timid, tiny pink egg shows up at her doorstep she is very welcoming. Egg, politely notices the chicken decor throughout the house and settles in for some five-star treatment by Foxy. But Foxy has an ulterior motive and a disturbing plan. Will she succeed?
A great read aloud by author-illustrator Alex Smith. It always amazes me how so many picture books, though great for children, really work for adults too!