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The Cow That Laid an Egg
     

The Cow That Laid an Egg

3.8 6
by Andy Cutbill, Russell Ayto (Illustrator)
 

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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!

Overview

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!

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Publishers Weekly

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. (Feb.)

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2- Marjorie has no special talents like the rest of the herd, so the chickens hatch a plan. One morning, Marjorie shrieks, "I've laid an egg!" In a clever story line, the bovine endures the taunts of the suspicious cows and the support of the ever-present, silent chickens, until the egg finally hatches a chick with an astonishing "moo" voice. Cutbill's writing is spare and amusing, and Ayto's goofy, mixed-media collages are a perfect match. Featuring expressive, wide-eyed, eccentric characters, the colorful spreads picture vivid body language, spiraling lines in wide-open mouths, and naive design. This funny book, reminiscent of Dr. Seuss's Horton Hatches the Egg (Random, 1940), will delight children.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI

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Kirkus Reviews
Not since Farmer Brown's cows learned how to type has there been such an entertaining uproar in the barnyard. Marjorie the Holstein feels inferior to the other cows who can do handstands and ride bicycles. Determined to raise Marge's self-esteem, the chickens conspire to plant a black-and-white egg under her, which, while raising suspicions among the cows, brings her widespread fame. Doubts are confirmed when motherly Marge hatches a tiny feathered creature. Marge, however, has the last laugh when the new hatchling, though clearly a chicken, pronounces a loud "Moo." 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. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061372957
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/22/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
410,355
Product dimensions:
10.88(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile:
AD360L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Andy Cutbill is the author of The Cow That Laid an Egg, illustrated by Russell Ayto. Andy also created and developed Albie, the award-winning British animated television show for children. Prior to his successful show, he spent several years writing television commercials. He still spends his time writing for grown-up companies but occasionally escapes to write children's books. He lives in Devon, England, with his wife, son, daughter, and dog.

Russell Ayto is the illustrator of The Cow That Laid an Egg by Andy Cutbill. He is also the illustrator of such children's picture books as Quacky Quack-Quack! and Whiff, both by Ian Whybrow, and The Witch's Children and The Witch's Children and the Queen, both by Ursula Jones. He lives in Cornwall, England, with his wife and three children.

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Cow That Laid an Egg 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JustCeri More than 1 year ago
And my daughter found it in the shopping bag! She loves it of course, takes it everywhere with her, which i reckoned she would (most of the pages are held together with sticky tape already) It's very funny, with great pictures. And the cow is sooo adorable. Need to look for another present now.
PatBenson More than 1 year ago
My children bought this back from school. Love it. Whacky illustrations compliment the story perfectly. Very funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute drawings, but not worth the purchase price.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bicycle riding, hand standing cows. Cows that lay eggs. Dastardly chickens. This books is loaded with things that makes my little boy hoot with laughter. And it has a meaning too (which is good for his mum and me, i think). It's about love really, and the importance of family, and it's not what you look like, but what's inside. Charming, as my English Mum would say. Laugh out loud, more like.